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Old 07-26-2019, 08:46 AM
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I admired them for seeming simple, yet very regal all at once.

The common touch combined with regal dignity is what defined them. They were part of an era that seems very, very long ago now ...but it was actually quite recent.

Baudouin died suddenly 26 years ago next week.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:32 AM
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I'm not too overly informed about King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola other than what I've read here about them but the more I read, the more I've come to realize just how special this couple was. Baudouin and Fabiola both come across to me as gentle souls that had deep and abiding love for each other and very strong faith in their God and lived what they believed.

I did catch a whiff here of the rumor of Baudouin going to divorce Fabiola in order to marry someone that could give him an heir but after reading what I have about this couple, I can sum that rumor up in one word. Preposterous! These two took their marriage vows seriously and although Fabiola went through many miscarriages, I don't believe Baudouin would pull anything like doing a Henry VIII for an heir.
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:11 AM
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According to Guy Michelland , Fabiola offered to divorce Baudouin in the summer of 1966 after the stillbirth of their baby girl. She was going to retire to her native Spain and live in anonymity in a convent of nursing Sisters and she would not oppose any attempt by Baudouin and the Vatican to nullify their marriage.

She felt as if she had failed Belgium and especially her husband, and she loved him enough to let him go.

Baudouin stopped her by telling her that if she left , he would abdicate and go with her.

It was a very dark period for them both. I am convinced that the key to the answers as to why Baudouin chose to behave as he did during the abortion controversy in Belgium in 1990(abdicate rather than sign the Bill) can be found in the deeply painful trials suffered by the Royal couple in the 1960's.
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:23 AM
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Moonmaiden, this brought me to tears again. I can't help myself but feel the weight of their sorrow.
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:27 AM
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I am not sure about that...
But 30 years ago they started welcoming people after the Defile Militaire at the Parc Royal. I was there at the good place. When King Baudouin shake my hand , he looked as he knew me, Queen Fabiola said to me "Comment allez-vous " le Prince est avec nous and it was Prince Philippe.

I want to tell a nice story about King Baudouin. A French Lady had to visit him, she was so nervous that she broke her glasses. She went to the King Office with Sun glasses. When she arrived in His office , the closed the curtains because he tought she had an eye Operation....
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:56 AM
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According to Guy Michelland , Fabiola offered to divorce Baudouin in the summer of 1966 after the stillbirth of their baby girl. She was going to retire to her native Spain and live in anonymity in a convent of nursing Sisters and she would not oppose any attempt by Baudouin and the Vatican to nullify their marriage.

She felt as if she had failed Belgium and especially her husband, and she loved him enough to let him go.

Baudouin stopped her by telling her that if she left , he would abdicate and go with her.

It was a very dark period for them both. I am convinced that the key to the answers as to why Baudouin chose to behave as he did during the abortion controversy in Belgium in 1990(abdicate rather than sign the Bill) can be found in the deeply painful trials suffered by the Royal couple in the 1960's.
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I am not sure about that...
But 30 years ago they started welcoming people after the Defile Militaire at the Parc Royal. I was there at the good place. When King Baudouin shake my hand , he looked as he knew me, Queen Fabiola said to me "Comment allez-vous " le Prince est avec nous and it was Prince Philippe.

I want to tell a nice story about King Baudouin. A French Lady had to visit him, she was so nervous that she broke her glasses. She went to the King Office with Sun glasses. When she arrived in His office , the closed the curtains because he tought she had an eye Operation....
These stories exemplifies the kind of people both Baudouin and Fabiola were. They cared enough to put the one they love first and foremost and always thought of the other person first to put them at ease.

This couple did face a lot of trials and tribulations but, to be honest, through them all, its what tested their mettle and made them stronger and their love for each other deepen. Perhaps it *is* true that God never hands us anymore than we can handle. I needed that reminder in my life today.
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Old 07-26-2019, 11:02 AM
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I want to tell a nice story about King Baudouin. A French Lady had to visit him, she was so nervous that she broke her glasses. She went to the King Office with Sun glasses. When she arrived in His office , the closed the curtains because he tought she had an eye Operation....
What a lovely story Maria Olivia it does not surprise that there was such an outpouring of grief when the king died as the Golden era of the Belgian monarchy was over .
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We shall never see the likes of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola again and he was the last Belgian king to die whilst still on the throne.
This is on point. There won't be anybody like them. Not in this lifetime.

Baudouin and Fabiola have touched the hearts of many. It still pains me how Fabiola's funeral was handled.

As a Queen Dowager, wife of the most well-loved Belgian monarch, I thought she deserved better.
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Old 07-26-2019, 02:33 PM
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What bothered you about her funeral? She had an astonishing and impressive turnout from her peers...and they all seemed very moved.

The liturgy was simple, personal and reverent as she would have wanted it to be.

I found her committal ceremony at Our Lady of Laeken online. It was beautiful and haunting.
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Old 07-26-2019, 03:31 PM
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King Baudouin with Queen Fabiola,King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at the Vatican in September 1978.

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An informative blog about King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola:

Baudouin and Fabiola | Honoring King Baudouin I and Queen Fabiola
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Old 07-26-2019, 08:46 PM
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Yes...the site was founded and run by our wonderful poster and my sweet friend lellobeetle who passed away a year ago this month.

I miss her so much...thank you for calling attention to her BF site.
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Yes...the site was founded and run by our wonderful poster and my sweet friend lellobeetle who passed away a year ago this month.

I miss her so much...thank you for calling attention to her BF site.
I am very sorry for your loss. Were her last posts here made under the name episcogal (the site is in episcogal's signature)? If so, I will greatly miss her wonderful, intelligent and compassionate posts and deep knowledge of this royal couple.
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Oh it is so sad, I remember the comments and the photos of episcogal here on this thread

It was a regal to read her, I am also sorry for your loss
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Old 07-27-2019, 03:18 PM
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Yes Tatiana Marie and melina premiere...she posted here under the name of "episcogal" and she had been chronically ill for a long time.

She was a lovely, generous kind soul.

Thank you for your kind remarks.
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Old 07-31-2019, 02:27 AM
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Today in Royal History is the 26th Death Anniversary of King Baudouin of Belgium. He died on 31 July 1993 in Motril, Spain.

He's supposed to be 89 years old this year.
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He was 62 when he died (born September 1930)
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A newsclip about the rumored engagement of King Baudouin and Margherita, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este then Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta in 1952, second year of the King's reign and a year before the Princess married Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, second son of the exiled Emperor and Empress of Austria.


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A newsclip about the rumored engagement of King Baudouin and Margherita, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este then Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta in 1952, second year of the King's reign and a year before the Princess married Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, second son of the exiled Emperor and Empress of Austria.


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Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este son,Archduke Lorenz did marry into the Belgian Royal Family in 1984 when he married Princess Astrid ,niece of King Baudouin.
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Today in Royal History is the 89th birthday of King Baudouin of the Belgians.
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