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Old 08-28-2014, 08:19 AM
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This is old news... very old. Ever since Wendy's son Clement was born there were rumours. Mostly based on the boy's name 'Clement' and the name of Laurent's villa, Villa Clementine. Thus far the news was never taken seriously.

The man who tells the story seems to be a rather awful person. He either:

a) lies
b) thinks he tells the truth

In the latter case that is a rather cruel thing to do too, as he confeses himself that the -underage- boy in question doesn't know about it. He must be teased at school for this now. What a dispicable man, toying with a teenager for some money.

http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/944/Celebri...rwachtte.dhtml
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:23 AM
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I read it also in the Royal Musings and I don't understand how a clever an historian lady as Mrs Koening made an article about that without any official proves
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no way....
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:07 AM
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Didn't Laurent submit to a DNA test back in the day to disprove these allegations? I remember something of the sort...
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:53 AM
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It could very well be that someone really does see there is money to be had with this story given Prince Laurent's higher royal profile.
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Yesterday, September 2nd, Prince Laurent attended a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the town of Rumes.


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** lavenir.net: Un prince et 70 ans de liberté à Rumes ** translation **


** sudinfo.be: Rumes: le Prince Laurent commémore la libération (Photos) ** translation **
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Prince Laurent attended a ceremony to commemorate the liberation during World War II, and the inauguration of a British 'Cromwell' tank by the Antwerp Branch of The Royal British Legion in Antwerp today, September 7:



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** rtl.be video: Le prince Laurent à Anvers pour la commémoration des 70 ans de sa libération **


** gva.be gallery: Prins Laurent en De Wever bij herdenking Bevrijding van Antwerpen **


** standaard.be gallery: IN BEELD. De Wever verbroedert met oudstrijders en prins Laurent **
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:45 AM
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On September 12 Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the opening session of the Heritage Days at the Bastogne War Museum.



** Pic ** lavenir.net: Le prince Laurent et Claire lancent les Journées du patrimoine au Mardasson ** translation **
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Yesterday evening, September 18, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended a gala evening of the Support Committee of the Province of West Flanders for the King Baudouin Foundation in Roeselare.



** nieuwsblad.be: Laurent en Claire eregasten op gala-avond ** translation **
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Prince Laurent attended the opening of a retrospective exposition of Belgian painter and sculptor Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels yesterday, September 19:


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Prince Laurent attended the first rehearsal of the Belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Romanian composer Vladimir Cosma in Brussels today, September 23, 2014. "The music...that's my life", Laurent said.



** Pic ** rtl.be video: Le Prince Laurent : "La musique ... c'est ma vie !" **
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Yesterday, September 26, Prince Laurent as Patron of Action Lienemientje together with Princess Claire attended the welcome ceremony for Jeannine Mottard, who undertook a sponsored journey by foot to benefit the non-profit organization Foundation for Cancer Kids and the Pediatric Section of the AZ Vesalius Tongeren hospital.


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** hln.be: "Ze is een voorbeeld voor iedereen" ** translation **


** tongeren-vandaag.be: Prinsenpaar verwelkomt Jeannine Mottart ** translation **


** nieuwsblad.be: Ontspannen prins Laurent verwelkomt Jeannine Mottart ** translation **
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Great to see Prince Laurent doing some representative work.
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Laurent looks happy, well adjusted, he feels the confidence and the trust his brother has put on him and it reflects on his behavior.
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I think you are right. It is lovely to see him blossom into a really reliable and relaxed right hand for his brother. It seems when Philippe drew his brother back into the limelight, Laurent has reciprocated and is proving a very versitile "second", particularly as regards the Arts.
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Prince Laurent attended a celebration of the Belgian Center for Guide Dogs for blind or visually impaired people in Leuven yesterday, September 27. He handed over 9 guide dogs, one of which being the center's 100th dog.


** belga gallery ** hln.be video: Prins Laurent geeft blinden een hond **
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I think you are right. It is lovely to see him blossom into a really reliable and relaxed right hand for his brother. It seems when Philippe drew his brother back into the limelight, Laurent has reciprocated and is proving a very versitile "second", particularly as regards the Arts.
My thoughts exactly, he was rebellious because he always felt underappreciated, as if he didn't count.

Now he's repaying his brother's faith on him by working a lot for the royal house
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Well... "a lot" is a bit too positive. It is also no question of "appreciation" or something. We also need to keep in our mind that Prince Laurent, just the 11th (!) in line of the succession, receives an annual dotation of € 233.000,-- (appr US $ 300,000.--) from the Belgian taxpayer.

Good relation or not, having appreciation or not, the guy has to do something to justify that lavish amount. There are plenty of Belgians whom have to work 40 hours per week of hard work for less than 1/8th of that amount... so appearing in public for a couple of minutes somewhere is not too much asked....

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On October 4 Prince Laurent attended the International Panathlon symposium on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the declaration of Panathlon on the ethics of young athletes at the Town Hall of Ghent:



** hln.be: Ontspannen prins Laurent poseert gewillig voor foto's ** translation **



Also on October 4 Princess Claire was present at the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Cultural Center of Chaumont-Gistoux:



** lavenir.net: Chaumont-Gistoux : cinquante ans pour un centre culturel royal ** translation **


** sudinfo.be: Brabant wallon : Un anniversaire célébré avec la princesse Claire ** translation **
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Well... "a lot" is a bit too positive. It is also no question of "appreciation" or something. We also need to keep in our mind that Prince Laurent, just the 11th (!) in line of the succession, receives an annual dotation of € 233.000,-- (appr US $ 300,000.--) from the Belgian taxpayer.

Good relation or not, having appreciation or not, the guy has to do something to justify that lavish amount. There are plenty of Belgians whom have to work 40 hours per week of hard work for less than 1/8th of that amount... so appearing in public for a couple of minutes somewhere is not too much asked....

Presumeably he was getting the same when his father was King. But I think it is important to look at the situation logically. The King has two adult siblings to share the load . . . the others are their children.

And as to how long it takes to do what is required, both preparation and presentation, I would love an accurate accounting and as you seem to have the inside track perhaps you would share that with us.
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