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Old 02-02-2016, 12:26 PM
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It looks like Fabiola's inheritance is estimated at 100 million Euros according to Het Nieuwsblad. I didn't know she was that wealthy ! It is commendable that she left that much money to charity.

On the statement that "all items that belonged to Queen Fabiola are now owned by the Queen's Help Fund" (including furniture and jewelry), I suppose that doesn't include items that the late queen gave away while she was still alive and were not part of the inheritance properly. I am hoping she left some of the more significant historical items to Philippe and Mathilde before her demise. It would be a shame if those items were auctioned off or got lost in the process.
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:32 PM
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So are Fabiola's jewels available for other members of the Belgium House to use? I read the article but can't really make sense of it
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:34 PM
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So are Fabiola's jewels available for other members of the Belgium House to use? I read the article but can't really make sense of it
The fate of the jewels is unclear and there are conflicting statements from different sources.
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:36 PM
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Why did Fabiola in 2013 noit clear herself what she onwed in her own right and from whee she got. She could have made it public through her own Court/her advisors.
Fabiola published a letter where she mentioned that she didn’t use public money. But it was too late and too vague to be really convincing. Her court was rather small with no real PR advisor etc and Fabiola was likely too old to defend herself properly. Plus, the RFs staff member who advised Fabiola to establish the bespoke trust fund was Vincent Pardoen. Back the he was the 2nd highest ranking advisor at the court and Albert and Paola’s closest collaborator (and a bad one). He isn’t up to his task and has done much damage to Fabiola’s and also to Albert and Paola’s public image. For ex he fed up all politicians by demanding a higher pension for Albert and he also published Paola’s infamous letter when Laurent was hospitalized. He was sacked by Philippe but Albert hired him again and it hasn’t done him or his public image any good imo.
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It looks like Fabiola's inheritance is estimated at 100 million Euros according to Het Nieuwsblad. I didn't know she was that wealthy ! It is commendable that she left that much money to charity.
That’s just a guess by the press. And they often got it wrong. It could be 100 million € or it could be much less. But she owned a large and valuable art collection and real estate in Spain and France. So it’s safe to assume that she left quite a large sum to charity. We will probably get to know more about it when/if the Queens charity publishes a statement of accounts.
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:41 PM
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We have to wait for the exact amount.

King Baudouin wrote notes and notes on small note books called ATOMA.
All these books are given to the Archives of the Royal palace and may be consulted 30 years after the King's death : 2023 .
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Just a bit of entertainment. The King Baudouin Foundation is running a photo contest, so if you're interested, you can vote for your favorite picture here:

https://www.kbs-frb.be/en/photocompetition/2016

Cute 2016 contest video below. Note: Says 2015, but it's really 2016.



Enjoy!
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:55 AM
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We have to wait for the exact amount.

King Baudouin wrote notes and notes on small note books called ATOMA.
All these books are given to the Archives of the Royal palace and may be consulted 30 years after the King's death : 2023 .
Can't wait to see what we find out about all his diligent writings and note taking during his meetings.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:26 AM
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Episcopal, you like our past Monarch and I have a nice and old story.

I just heard on TV that the Emperor and Empress of Japan were against the wedding of the Crown Prince , now Emperor with a Communor.

Michiko was send in Bruxelles. Her Fiancé (the Crown Prince) send his love letters to King Baudouin who transmitted them to Michiko where she was living.
Therefore this warm Friendship between them.
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Thanks for the nice story, Maria-Olivia.
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Old 04-13-2016, 01:33 AM
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Episcopal, you like our past Monarch and I have a nice and old story.

I just heard on TV that the Emperor and Empress of Japan were against the wedding of the Crown Prince , now Emperor with a Communor.

Michiko was send in Bruxelles. Her Fiancé (the Crown Prince) send his love letters to King Baudouin who transmitted them to Michiko where she was living.
Therefore this warm Friendship between them.
Thank you maria-olivia!! It seems that Empress Michiko was very close and we saw her and the funeral of the Queen Fabiola was very touched!!
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Baudouin-Fabiola Blog Post

I've finally put a new "article" up on my Baudouin-Fabiola.com blog.

Scenes from the 25th Jubilee of King Baudouin

Enjoy!
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Thanks Episcogal,
How crowded was our Grand Place !
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Twenty-three years ago today...the world and, in particular, the people of Belgium lost an extraordinary servant King. Today marks the twenty-third anniversary of the shockingly early passing of King Baudouin I of the Belgians on 31 July 1993. The King died of a massive heart attack while on vacation at the royal couple's compound, Villa Astrida, in Motril, Southern Spain.




Here is a moving 8 minute clip of some of the royalty and world dignitaries highlights from his funeral.

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I thought of him as older. I remember his paying a state visit to Ireland when I was little, or perhaps my family talked about it later.. I know he and Fabiola were devout catholics.. but I suppose because I remember hm being around so far, back,
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Wow he was quite young and shocking death

Did the UK not send anyone I know HM rarely goes to things, but for the funeral of a fellow monarch, I'd expect at least Charles. Or maybe just were not in video, didn't notice any Danes either.
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Wow he was quite young and shocking death

Did the UK not send anyone I know HM rarely goes to things, but for the funeral of a fellow monarch, I'd expect at least Charles. Or maybe just were not in video, didn't notice any Danes either.
Afaik from the UK Q.Elizabeth II went to the funeral of K.Baudouin
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Wow he was quite young and shocking death

Did the UK not send anyone I know HM rarely goes to things, but for the funeral of a fellow monarch, I'd expect at least Charles. Or maybe just were not in video, didn't notice any Danes either.
Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh both attend the State Funeral.

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Thanks thought it odd Just didn't make clip I guess.
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Old 07-31-2016, 03:35 PM
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The Protocole Service had to organise Official Funerals when the Choir of our Cathedral was still in renovation (also for Prince Philippe's wedding)
It was told their only mistake is to put President François Mitterand and Madame on the third row.
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