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Old 06-10-2014, 08:57 AM
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A really intimate interesting interview. After the latest "scandal" regarding Laurent, I started having little consideration for the couple, judging them as selfish and full of themselves. But after this, even if I don't consider them the perfect people, I at least can understand why they behave as such. Albert remembered his childhood as very "belle epoque", with lots of servants and every satisfaction. He had a nanny and was never close to his parents (Queen Astrid died when he was 1 and his father was quite a distant figure). He was close to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, so I presume he was a bit of a spoiled child. But at the same time he didn't live his teen age years in full, because of the war and because of the delicate political situation in Belgium, that brought his brother on the throne.
Queen Paola lost her father as well and her being the youngest daughter of an old couple, I guess it damaged her the same way it damaged King Albert.
She explained also that she wasn't at her ease when she first arrived in Belgium and the belgian court didn't let her feel welcomed at first. they sort of married in a hurry and had the children one right after the other, so they never experienced themselves as couple really and that's what made their wedding crack.
I suppose once your relationship with your children has been damaged for good and you've lost their trust, you can't do much to repair it. But I'd try to build a new one with different premises. Maybe not trying to be parents anymore, but friends, advisors...
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:15 PM
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So, did they acknowledge that their relationship with their children has been poor and remains strained? How open were they about that?

I'd appreciate a link to a decent English translation of the interview, if anyone happens to find one. The garbled Google translations are so difficult at times to get a true impression.
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So, did they acknowledge that their relationship with their children has been poor and remains strained? How open were they about that?

I'd appreciate a link to a decent English translation of the interview, if anyone happens to find one. The garbled Google translations are so difficult at times to get a true impression.

Queen Paola says she knows her children suffered greatly because of their separations, especially because everything was extremely exposed and whatever happened ended up on the papers for everyone to see. But she also said she realized at the end she needed to stop feeling guilty and to move one.

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Old 07-08-2014, 06:21 AM
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King Albert has been operated on a skin tumor:
Koning Albert geopereerd aan tumor op hoofdhuid - HLN.be
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:03 AM
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He is already back at home.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:10 AM
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On August 11 Queen Paola and King Albert opened an exhibition in Queen Paola's home town Forte dei Marmi, Italy.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** studiolegaledidirittonobiliare.com **


** versiliatoday.it: Alberto e Paola del Belgio inaugurano la mostra “Carrà nei luoghi di Carrà” ** translation **
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:21 AM
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Perhaps it would be best if she and Albert would stay in Italy for a very long time and leave Phillip alone to do his job without worrying that they are doing behind his back......we all age and they are having a hard time accepting that it seems.
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King Albert and Queen Paola attended a conference of Professor Benoit Lengele, Belgian surgeon specialized in face morphology and face modifications, in the marge of 'des Grandes Conferences Catholiques', in Brussels on October 20:



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Queen Paola today, October 22, visited an exhibition of the collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa at the Mac's (Museum of Contemporary Art of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels).



** Pic ** sudinfo.be: Boussu: la reine Paola a visité ce mercredi le musée du Grand-Hornu ** translation **
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:08 PM
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Happy to see them again ; Prof. Lengele is the King's surgeon.
Queen Paola is a fiend of Mr Busine , the Curator of the Exhibition.
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King Albert and Queen Paola attended a gala concert of the Royal Music Guides (Musique Royale des Guides) in Brussels today, November 28.
The concert was organized on the occasion of the King's Day, the 80th anniversary of the Association of the Order of Leopold and the 25th anniversary of the association Friends of the Royal Band of the Guides.



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Pictures only of the left side of HM's face. But in his car.....
Anyway nice to see them again !
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Queen Paola attended the conference 'Missing unaccompagnied migrant children' organized by Missing Children Europe in Brussels today, December 4. Bernadette Chirac was present as well.



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King Albert and Queen Paola attended the inauguration of a new wing at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo today, January 27:



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The office of king Albert and Queen Paola seems to make a mess.

They sent out 'thank you' cards after the funeral of Queen Fabiola. Although the French version of these cards was correct, the Dutch language version mentioned that they wanted to thank people for their condoleances sent after the death of Queen Paola.

Soyesterday another note was sent to apologise for this mistake. In the new card there was another mistake, as now they mentioned the death of King Fabiola.

The palace states that these cards are private correspondance of Albert & Paola and are not the responsibility of the palace.

Koning Albert blundert opnieuw op dankkaart Fabiola - HLN.be

In the mean time, twitter is having fun with the mistakes. Apart from some very curious photo montages of Paola, the twitter account 'Queen Fabiola' seemed happy & posted the title of Will Tura's song at the funeral: 'Hoop doet leven' (loosely translated: 'hope makes one live').
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:28 AM
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Errare humanum est, perseverare autem diabolicum.
Really it is embarassing, and I fully understand the Palace officials for making clear that they don't have anything to do with it.
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I think Albert and Paola are train wrecks, why shouldn't their office be?
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What do you mean by train wrecks ?
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The office of king Albert and Queen Paola seems to make a mess.

They sent out 'thank you' cards after the funeral of Queen Fabiola. Although the French version of these cards was correct, the Dutch language version mentioned that they wanted to thank people for their condoleances sent after the death of Queen Paola.

Soyesterday another note was sent to apologise for this mistake. In the new card there was another mistake, as now they mentioned the death of King Fabiola.

The palace states that these cards are private correspondance of Albert & Paola and are not the responsibility of the palace.

Koning Albert blundert opnieuw op dankkaart Fabiola - HLN.be

In the mean time, twitter is having fun with the mistakes. Apart from some very curious photo montages of Paola, the twitter account 'Queen Fabiola' seemed happy & posted the title of Will Tura's song at the funeral: 'Hoop doet leven' (loosely translated: 'hope makes one live').
Wow, awkward!
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:27 PM
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Didn't the King, Queen or one of their staff notice before they were sent out? Wasn't it always said Paola doesn't know much Dutch, clearly not enough to spot TWO massive mistakes!
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