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Philippe, Mathilde & Victoria open exhibition

  September 10, 2009 at 8:25 am by

Yesterday, 09 Sept., Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden officially opened the exhibition, “It’s our Earth 2. From Kyoto to Copenhagen” at Tour & Taxis in Brussels. This is the new edition of the exhibition “It’s our Earth”, which focused on sustainable energy and development. Because of the great demand, the original exhibition was reopened, under the new name and with new emphasis … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent sends daughter to French school

  September 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm by

Prince Laurent causes much controversy again in Belgium with his decision to send his 6-year old daughter Louise, who charmed the media this summer on the National Day, to a French state school. This action causes negative comments in whole of Belgium. Not only is the Princess apparently raised without learning Dutch in school, she is now also sent to a French school, not even a Belgian one. According to … Continue reading

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Belgian Yacht Controversy Continues

  September 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm by

The controversy surrounding the purchase of a new yacht by the Belgian King and Queen continues. Public opinion cries out injustice about this luxury expense in times of economic hardship, as this purchase shook up especially the southern part of the country. RTBF journalist Cristophe Deborsu, the same journalist who asked former Prime Minister Yves Leterme to sing the Brabançonne but got the Marseillaise in return, pulled another stunt interview. … Continue reading

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Golden Wedding Anniversary Festivities

  August 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

On 30 August, the Belgian King and Queen hosted a garden party to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. At the same time, the wedding anniversaries of the other Belgian royals were commemorated, as this year is also the silver wedding anniversary of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, as well as the 10th wedding anniversary for Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, and the 6th wedding anniversary for Prince Laurent and Princess … Continue reading

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King Albert buys New Yacht

  August 13, 2009 at 11:43 am by

New controversy hits Belgium while the royals are enjoying their holiday. It has become known that King Albert II of Belgium has bought a new yacht, the “Alpa” of 27 m long, 6.3 m wide, and capable of going up to 30 knots. According to the website of deredactie.be, the yacht is a “Technema 90″, built by the shipyard Rizzardi. Research of Soir Magazine has revealed that the catalogue price … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent in Hospital

  August 12, 2009 at 3:46 am by

Prince Laurent has been admitted to the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, in Brussels, since last Sunday, due to pneumonia. The Prince was on holiday in Sardinia, visiting friends, when he suddenly realized he was getting feverish. Fearing that he had the H1N1 variant of the flu, he insisted on being treated in Belgium as soon as possible. The family was flown back to Brussels and the Prince was admitted to a … Continue reading

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Prince Philippe visits Fire-Struck Nursing Home

  August 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm by

Prince Philippe returned from his holiday in France to visit the nursing home which was struck by a terrible fire last Thursday evening. Nine of the residents died in the fire, which was probably caused by a short circuit in a television or an electrical fan. First, the Prince went to the mortuary to greet the bodies of the nine victims. He sympathised with the families, who were also present. … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola attends memorial mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2009 at 8:33 am by

On 31 July, Queen Fabiola attended the memorial mass for her late husband, King Baudouin I of Belgium. The mass is always organised at the special request of Queen Fabiola, on the anniversary of the King’s death, at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken. Queen Fabiola was accompanied by Prince Nicolas of Liechtenstein, the husband of her niece, Princess Margaretha. The Queen attended the mass in a wheelchair, and … Continue reading

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Brussels Royal Palace Open to the Public

  July 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm by

The Royal Palace of Brussels is open to the public from 26 July to 13 September. Every year, when the Belgian royals leave on holiday after the National Day, the Brussels Palace is opened for the public, and people can take a look inside the Palace which houses the King’s office. A tour takes you through the beautiful ballrooms, past the official state portraits of the various Kings and Queens … Continue reading

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Belgian royals out in full force to celebrate National Day

  July 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm by

The Belgian royal family was out in full force to celebrate this year’s National Day. On the evening of June 20, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the concert “Preludium to the National Day”, organized at the Palace of Fine Arts by the Natiolan Belgian Orchestra. The royal ladies were at their best, as usual. Princess … Continue reading

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Summer Photo Shoot with Belgian Crown Princely Family

  July 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

Today, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde kept a their yearly appointment with the press for a summer photo shoot with their family. This year, they took their children to an animal park called Parc Paradisio. Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore enjoyed seeing the animals from close up, which of course brought about a load of cute pictures of the young Princes and Princesses with birds, monkeys … Continue reading

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Second Murder Threat for Queen Fabiola

  July 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

On Wednesday, the redaction of the newspaper La Dernière Heure received a new letter containing a murder threat aimed at Queen Fabiola of Belgium, the second letter in two months. The letter was dated 2 July, but since Emanuelle Preat, the one at whom the letter was adressed, had been absent, it hasn’t been read before Wednesday. Again the letter was written in bad French, full of spelling mistakes. The … Continue reading

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King Albert Offers to Pay Part of Renovation Costs

  July 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm by

King Albert II of Belgium has offered the Belgian government to help them to pay for the renovation costs necessary to freshen up the Royal Palace in Brussels. The Palace will be used for the European-Asian Summit (ASEM) during the Belgian presidency of the European Union. The Belgian government will pay for the refurbishment of the Palace. Most of the works will be painting and brushing up other details. King … Continue reading

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Albert II & Paola Dieting Together

  July 13, 2009 at 6:38 am by

VTM reports that king Albert II and queen Paola of the Belgians are following a diet together. Pictures of the state visit to Romania, earlier this week, showed that the king and queen already lost weight. It is not a very strict diet, according to the palace they just eat a bit less and pay more attention to their health. During the state banquet on the first day of the … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 3

  July 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola concluded their State Visit to Romania with a visit to Sibiu, one of the economically strong regions of Romania. They were welcomed with a folklorist dance spectacle on the main square, after they had been welcomed at the City Hall. They also visited a little village near Sibiu, called Cristian, which has a very close cooperation programme with the city of Leuven. They attended a … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 2

  July 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania. Today is their second day, and they went through a pretty full schedule. They visited the Revolution Square in Bucharest with the Romanian Minister of Culture, Theodor Paleologu. Later today, they also paid tribute to the Memorial of Danny Huwe, a Belgian journalist from the Flemish commercial channel, who was killed during the Revolution … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 1

  July 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania, at the invitation of the Romanian President, Traian Basescu. The Belgian royals left from the military airport of Belgium this morning, and arrived in Bucharest in the early afternoon. They were welcomed by the Romanian President and his wife. The King and Queen first attended the ceremonial greeting of the guard, and had a first … Continue reading

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Belgian Dotation System Revised

  July 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

The Belgian government had appointed a parliamentary commission to discuss the dotation system of the Belgian royals. Every now and then, word came out that the commission wanted to strip Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent of their dotation, but up until now there had been no formal declaration regarding the matter. On July 2, the commission finally came up with a final compromise. The current system of dotations will be … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Golden Couple – King and Queen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

  July 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Today, July 2nd, marks the fiftieth wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. The couple met at the inauguration of Pope John XXIII in the Vatican, in 1958. Albert, then Prince of Liège, was representing the Belgian Royal Family; while Paola, a Princess Ruffo di Calabria, was a member of the Italian nobility. When at last he returned to Belgium, Prince Albert had made up … Continue reading

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Leopold II Wanted To Invade The Netherlands

  June 24, 2009 at 8:50 am by

New reports have revealed that King Leopold II of the Belgians (1835-1909) had plans to invade The Netherlands. These plans were found in the royal archives in Brussels by the Flemish journalist and historian Kris Clerckx. The king sent an espionage missions to get information about the strength of the Dutch army, made plans for the invasion and sent a high diplomat to France to get the support of emperor … Continue reading

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