US first lady Melania Trump visits Belgian music academy

Published 07-11-2018

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WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) – U.S. first lady Melania Trump attended a violin and piano concert at a top music academy near the Belgian capital on Wednesday along with other spouses and partners of world leaders attending a NATO summit.

Mrs. Trump, who joined President Donald Trump on a weeklong trip to Europe, and 10 other spouses were given of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, near Brussels, before the concert.

They also viewed an exhibit of hats by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne and were offered delicacies created by Herman Van Dender, a pastry maker and chocolatier who is the official supplier to the Belgian royal house.

The 48-year-old Mrs. Trump wore a navy blue sleeveless Calvin Klein calf-length dress with white and green detail on one collarbone and white Christian Louboutin heels with their trademark red soles. Klein is an all-American fashion house but its chief creative officer, Raf Simons, is Belgian.

Upon arrival at the conservatory, the spouses were greeted by Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and Ingrid Schulerud, the wife of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

They were then escorted into a music auditorium with tall glass windows offering views into a forest behind the school for performances of Tchaikovsky's Valse Scherzo and other pieces.

Mrs. Trump sat between Brigitte Macron, the French first lady who was dressed in white, and Derbaudrenghien, in vibrant yellow, during the concert. Other participating first ladies included Emine Erdogan of Turkey and Mojca Stropnik of Slovenia, Mrs. Trump's native country.

At one point during the concert of music by Hubay, Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla, Mrs. Trump and some of the others applauded prematurely. Catching themselves, they smiled and kept on listening.

Trump and his wife were expected to attend a dinner Wednesday at the Art & History Museum overlooking a large park, the Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Belgium, the host country, and NATO, which is headquartered in Brussels, are the formal hosts of the two-day event.

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel is a training center for gifted young musicians housed in a modernistic glass building in the middle of a park outside of Brussels, where the summit is taking place.

Mrs. Trump sat between Brigitte Macron, the French first lady who was dressed in white, and Derbaudrenghien, in vibrant yellow, during the concert. Other participating first ladies included Emine Erdogan of Turkey and Mojca Stropnik of Slovenia, Mrs. Trump's native country.

At one point during the concert of music by Hubay, Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla, Mrs. Trump and some of the others applauded prematurely. Catching themselves, they smiled and kept on listening.

Trump and his wife were expected to attend a dinner Wednesday at the Art & History Museum overlooking a large park, the Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Belgium, the host country, and NATO, which is headquartered in Brussels, are the formal hosts of the two-day event.

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel is a training center for gifted young musicians housed in a modernistic glass building in the middle of a park outside of Brussels, where the summit is taking place.

Trump and his wife were expected to attend a dinner Wednesday at the Art & History Museum overlooking a large park, the Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Belgium, the host country, and NATO, which is headquartered in Brussels, are the formal hosts of the two-day event.

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel is a training center for gifted young musicians housed in a modernistic glass building in the middle of a park outside of Brussels, where the summit is taking place.

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump waits for other spouses prior to a group photo at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press


U.S. first lady Melania Trump, center, waves as she prepares to listen to a concert at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. At right is Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron and at left is Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press


U.S. first lady Melania Trump, second left, prepares to listen to a concert at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. From left, Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron and Gauthier Destiny, the husband of Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press


Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, left, speaks with U.S. first lady Melania Trump during a concert at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press


U.S. first lady Melania Trump, center, listens to a concert at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press


Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, second left, speaks with U.S. first lady Melania Trump, center, and French first lady Brigitte Macron, second right, during a group photo at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press


Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, left, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, center, and French first lady Brigitte Macron applaud during at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press


Amelie Derbaudrenghien, the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, left, speaks with U.S. first lady Melania Trump, center, and French first lady Brigitte Macron during a group photo at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, during a spouses program on the sidelines of the NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) - The Associated Press