Originally Posted by An Ard Ri
Where are guests of the state currently housed?
At the moment Kasteel Hertoginnedal / Château de Val-Duchesse
is in use as a guest- and conference accomodation of the Belgian state. This property also belongs to the Donation Royale
(the lavish gift of Leopold II to the State of Belgium).
Many of these Belgian properties have been "infected" by Leopold II's style, the exterior of the royal palace
has (in my eyes) become completely destroyed by Leopold II. The same with the Château de Laeken
: sadly the original 17th resp. 18th C buildings have been destroyed (for an example by fire or by neglect). Around the fin-de-siècle Leopold II remodelled many royal residences to his taste, lots of eclecticsm which would become so typical for buildings in this era (for an example, the Central Station in Antwerp
). It is all relatively "new" and very, very grand but despite all this, in real life it made an impression of operetta or Walt Disney. My personal opinion. I love old buildings, but not brand new "new made-old buildings" with a variety of styles.
Sadly also the once so famous and grand "Hof van Brussel / Court de Bruxelles
" (on the Coudenberg) has been destroyed by fire. That would still have been one of the historic most important palaces of Europe.