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New Arms for the Future Belgian Queen

Princess Mathilde
The arms borne previously by Jonkheer Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz
The arms now borne by Count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz
The Princess's father was raised to the rank of a Count (the rank of her mother's father) on the day of her wedding. The reason for the addition of the red border is at present unknown to us, but it may be assumed for the present that it is to difference the arms from those borne by the uncle of the Princess, her father's eldest brother, Henri.
Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant

The full armorial achievement of
Prince Philip and Princess Mathilde

Students of British heraldry will notice that the heir to the Belgian throne bears his father's arms undifferenced, but that his mantling is simpler.
It should be noted also that the bordure Gules on the Princess's cartouche is thinner than in Britain.

The Editor records his gratitude to Johan De Waele
for promptly delivering intelligence of this change.
The Ancestry of Belgium's Future Queen
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