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The King’s Feast Celebrated In Belgium

  November 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm by

The annual Fête du Roi celebrations were held in Belgium today, with members of the royal family attending a Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels. King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent all attended the service, before greeting well-wishers outside the cathedral. It was then over to the parliament building where they listened to speeches from senior politicians. As per tradition, … Continue reading

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Pope Meets Habsburg Family

  November 6, 2016 at 11:30 am by

Yesterday pope Francis met with members of the former Imperial family of Austria-Hungary at the Vatican. The meeting was dedicated to the theme of  ‘rediscovering family values’. In his short speech the pope referred to the Blessed emperor Charles I, who was blessed in 2004 by pope John Paul II.The pope continued: “His presence among you makes the Hapsburg family not a nostalgia of the past but, on the contrary, … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Enjoy An Autumn Concert

  October 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians attended the annual Autumn Concert which was held at the Royal Palace in Brussels this evening. Joining the couple were Princess Astrid and her husband Prince Lorenz. This year’s theme was a tribute to the commitment of young volunteers for a better society in a wide range of areas like education, human rights, culture and sports. Embed from Getty Images

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Concert Begins National Day Celebrations in Belgium

  July 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm by

Belgium’s National Day celebrations began this evening with the annual ‘Prelude to National Day’ concert. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts for the concert, which included performances by the Belgian National Orchestra and a 2011 laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The Queen looked lovely in a midnight blue cocktail dress with a silver thread … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid’s Car Robbed Near Paris: 2000 Euros Stolen

  June 5, 2016 at 3:28 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, sister of King Philippe, has become the victim of a car robbery. This was reported by the newspaper Le Parisien yesterday. The car robbery happened on Friday afternoon when the Princess was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway near Aubervilliers, north of Paris. With her in the Mercedes car were her husband Prince Lorenz and one of their daughters. Robbers broke a window of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Empress Elisabeth Opens Her Hermes Villa

  May 24, 2016 at 8:24 am by

On this day 130 years ago in 1886, Empress Elisabeth of Austria aka Sisi opened her new palace in the Lainzer Tiergarten in Vienna. Construction on the palace, orginally called “Villa Waldruh,”  started in the summer of 1881. Emperor Franz Joseph hoped to encourage his wife -who longed for peace and soltitude- to remain in Vienna and stop her travels by providing her a secluded residence near the Austrian capital. … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Remembers Victims of Brussels Attacks

  May 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm by

Exactly two months after the Brussels attacks on March 22nd, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended a ceremony in the royal palace of Brussels to commemorate the victims and to pay tribute to the emergency services. The monarchs were joined by King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire and 500 guests. In his speech the king said that it should not be forgotten … Continue reading

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Archduchess Francesca: “Austrians Are At Crossroads”

  May 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm by

Archduchess Francesca, wife of the head of the Austrian imperial family, wrote an open letter to the Austrian newspaper ‘Kurier’. In the letter she focussed on the presendential elections in Austria that were held today. The article mentions that the Archduchess herself can not vote in the elections, but if she could, she would vote for Alexander van der Bellen and not for his opponent Norbert Hofer. In her letter … Continue reading

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Amedeo And Lili Show Daughter Anna Astrid For the First Time

  May 20, 2016 at 11:38 am by

Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archuke of Austria-Este, his wife Elisabetta (Lili) and their newborn daughter left the hospital in Brussels where the little Archduchess was born earlier this week. They shortly posed for the press and prince Amedeo replied to a few questions. The name of the baby was also revealed: Anna Astrid. She is 7th in line of succession to the Belgian throne.  Amedeo told the press in fluent … Continue reading

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New Career For Archduchess Francesca?

  May 20, 2016 at 5:24 am by

The vivacious Archduchess Francesca, wife of the head of the Austrian Imperial family is playing a small role in a costume drama for the Austrian television. The series created by ORF is Vienna’s famous Hotel Sacher and is set in the belle epoque. ‘Das Sacher’ is directed by Robert Dornhelm, a friend of the Archduchess. In her film debut Francesca has a small role as an English diplomat. For the … Continue reading

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It’s A Girl For Prince Amedeo and Princess Elisabetta

  May 17, 2016 at 6:49 am by

This night Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and his wife Elisabetta have become the proud parents of a daughter. The baby girl was born at 3:30AM at the Saint-Pierre University Hospital in Brussels. The baby is 52 centimeters long and weighs 3,3 kilograms. Mother and child are both doing well. The court did not announce the name of the baby girl yet. The baby is the first grandchild … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: An Engagement in Belgium

  May 13, 2016 at 10:00 am by

May 13, 1984: Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este announced their engagement, before posing for the press in the gardens of Chateau Belvédère, Brussels. The couple were married that September and have five children: Amedeo, Maria Laura, Joachim, Luisa Maria and Laetitia Maria.

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Cigarette Reduces Schloss Ebenzweier To Ashes

  May 12, 2016 at 9:33 am by

Schloss Ebenzweier in Altmünster, Austria, has burnt down on monday. A burning cigarette that was thrown into the castle’s rose garden is the most likely cause of the fire. The castle’s history goes back to 1292. In 1830 it was sold to Archduke Maximilian Joseph of Austria-Este. After his death in 1863  the castle was inherited by his niece Archduchess Maria Theresia. In 1891 she sold the castle to Prince … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Share Three Events In One Day

  May 11, 2016 at 10:55 am by

A busy day for the king and queen of Belgium. Together with their son they participated in three seperate events. In the morning King Philippe I and Queen Mathilde received school directors from Brussels in the royal palace to talk about the challenges, tools and prospects of Belgian education. Réunion de travail avec des directeurs d'écoles sur l'#enseignement à #Bruxelles: défis, outils et perspectives pic.twitter.com/nMLWBGQLzK — Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wedding of Archduke Otto and Princess Regina

  May 10, 2016 at 7:12 am by

Sixty-five years ago royal Europe gathered on May 10th 1951 in Nancy, France, to witness the wedding of Archduke Otto of Austria, head of the imperial family, to Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. The couple married in the Franciscan church of The Cordeliers, where 20 generations of the dukes of Lorraine, anscestors of Archduke Otto, are burried. The bride was wearing an ivory-white dress by the Parisian designer Jean Desses. The … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Takes Youngest Daughter Along To Piano Semi-Finals

  May 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm by

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde and her youngest daughter Princess Eléonore went to the Flagey building in Elsene, Brusels this afternoon to listen to the semi-finalists on the piano of the annual Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The first round of the piano was last week. Of the 76 finalists only 24 made it to the semi-finals. The young musicians have to perform twice for an international jury. Each afternoon there will be … Continue reading

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Habsburg Heir Installed as Knight in the Order of St. George

  May 9, 2016 at 8:24 am by

Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir of Austria has been installed as a knight in the order of St. George on May 5th. The heir to the house of Austria received the knighthood from his father, Archduke Karl. His younger sister Archduchess Gloria was also present at the ceremony, absent were his mother Francesca and his eldest sister Eleonore. The history of the order goes back several centuries. A predecessor was created bycreated … Continue reading

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First Baby on the Way for Amedeo and Elisabetta…Next Month!

  April 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm by

After brief rumblings of a pregnancy this week, the Belgian Royal Court has confirmed that Prince Amedeo, eldest son of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, and his wife Elisabetta are expecting their first child. And the biggest surprise is that the baby is due sometime next month! The baby will be the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and will be the first great-grandchild of King Albert and … Continue reading

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Four Exhibitions Mark Centenary Of Emperor Franz Joseph’s Death

  April 4, 2016 at 11:41 am by

The long reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I will receive special attention this year to mark the fact that the emperor died 100 years ago on November 21st 1916. The exhibitions will mainly focus on the private face of the Habsburg monarch and will be centered around Vienna. The organisation tried to show a balanced picture of the emperor’s life, which is still shaped by many mysteries and chichés. Schönbrunn … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Visits Indonesia, Meets with President

  March 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm by

Belgium’s Princess Astrid is currently on an economic mission to Indonesia with a number of government ministers, and she has met with both the country’s President and Vice-President. On the second day of the visit, Astrid attended an “Best of Belgium” food and gastronomy event and also met with Vice-President Jusuf Kalla. Small country, great food! Belgian show cooking event #BEmissionIDN in Jakarta. pic.twitter.com/Vdvg4gSlQs — Belgium MFA (@BelgiumMFA) March 14, … Continue reading

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