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Old 06-09-2014, 04:27 PM
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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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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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King Albert has been operated on a skin tumor:
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He is already back at home.
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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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