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Old 09-22-2003, 11:31 AM
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Prince Laurent of Belgium To Marry Claire Coombs

On 20th December 2002, prince Laurent of Belgium (°1963) became officially engaged to miss Claire Coombs (°1974), a British born surveyor, who'se been living in Belgium since she was three.

The couple met at the house of a mutual friend, where they were invited for dinner. Afterwards, Claire and Laurent started talking to each other, when they were doing the dishes together!

They had been spotted together quite some times, and everybody was waiting for them to make it official. Which they did on the afternoon of 20th December, together with their families in the royal greenhouses of Laeken castle.

Afterwards the engaged couple and their families attended the traditional Christmas concert in Brussels.
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:36 AM
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:39 AM
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Answering questions from the press
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:47 AM
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The couple with their parents.

Claire's outfit was designed by Natan (like her wedding dress)
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Claire wsan't the only star of the day... Little princess Elisabeth was trying to make her first steps and got quite some attention as well.
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A little help from grandma and mommy...
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Old 09-22-2003, 12:07 PM
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A few hours later, the engaged couple assisted at the Christmass concert.
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Claire's father, Nicholas Coombs (British), and her mother, Nicole Mertens (Belgian) talking to her daughter Joanna Coombs, and her husband Steve Grant (British).

The three children of the Coombs family -Claire, Joanna and Matthew- have both the Belgian and British nationality.
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oh wow!

her mom is Beligum! and her dad is British her siblings have same language with British/Belguim both! oh nice!

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Talking to the press


Mathilde and princess Astrid's children playing with Elisabeth


Elisabeth walking, with a little help from mummy
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Claire, Laurent and Paola


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Filip holding Elisabeth


Claire Coombs
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The engaged couple posing for the press


Close-up of Claire


Talking to the press


Another one of Filip holding his daughter, in the background: prince Amedeo, Elisabeth's godfather

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Mathilde, Elisabeth and Filip


The couple and their families (with Laurent blowing his nose :P )

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Laurent and his elegant fiancée
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Cute little Elisabeth managed to draw all the attention towards her

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