Queen Fabiola of Belgium Celebrates Her 86th birthday
The Spanish-born widow of the late beloved King Baudouin of Belgium was born in Madrid, Spain on June 11, 1928.
Queen Fabiola was the fourth daughter of the Marquess of Casa Riera. Her godmother was none other than Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. Doña Fabiola de Mora’s family were close to the Spanish Royal Family and in her youth, Fabiola was a lady in waiting to the Infanta Pilar of Spain.
In December 1960, Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón married King Baudouin of Belgium at St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral in Brussels. Sadly, the couple had no children. The Queen had suffered five miscarriages. The marriage however remained happy and the couple were an admired devoted union. King Baudouin died suddenly in July 1993 while on holiday in Spain and was succeeded by his younger brother Albert, Prince of Liège who became King Albert II of the Belgians. Known for her devout Roman Catholicism, the Queen is fluent in several languages including Spanish, French and Dutch.
Since the death of her husband, Queen Fabiola reduced her public appearances but still attends most important royal court ceremonies and royal weddings. Up until 2013, Queen Fabiola was a prominent figure at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, but has handed over her patronage to Queen Mathilde.Filed under Belgium
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