Funeral of Queen Fabiola
Belgium’s Dowager Queen Fabiola, who died last Friday aged 86, was laid to rest today after two ceremonies in Brussels.
A cortege processed through the wet, dark streets of Brussels, departing from the Royal Palace at 9:30am. It arrived at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula just before 10am, and all members of the Belgian Royal Family stood silently, emotion evident on their faces, as the Queen’s coffin was carried inside by members of the Belgian military.
Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who led the funeral service of Queen Fabiola’s husband King Baudouin in 1993, was assisted by members of the clergy in leading the service, which included numerous readings and hymns. In his eulogy, the Cardinal stated that Queen Fabiola was “now home: with God and her husband”, in reference to the the great devotion the Queen had to her religious faith, and the great love she shared with King Baudouin.
The Prayers of the Faithful were read in French, Dutch, German, Spanish and English by the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Princess Louise, Prince Amedeo, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Blanca Escrivá de Romaní y Mora, Marchioness de la Ahumada (a niece of Queen Fabiola).
A particularly poignant moment of the service, which left Queen Mathilde struggle to hold back her tears, was the performance of La Salve Rociera by a Spanish choral group from Vilvoorde.
Royalty from Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Japan, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Thailand – as well as numerous former monarchies – were all present for the funeral service.
After the service, the cortege made it’s way to the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, where a short religious service took place for the Queen’s immediate family and close friends, before she was interred into the royal crypt beside her husband.Filed under Belgium
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