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Old 01-29-2006, 01:32 PM
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Now is this the playhouse that one of the Queen's had built for her children? Is it where we saw Elisabeth celebrate her first birthday? What a charming house in a beautiful setting!
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Now is this the playhouse that one of the Queen's had built for her children? Is it where we saw Elisabeth celebrate her first birthday? What a charming house in a beautiful setting!
yes, it is, Emily. i believe it is called 'les chalet des princes'
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Yes, It's le Chalet des Princes. Queen Astrid had it built for her children Joséphine-Charlotte, Baudouin and Albert, after a playhouse she had herself in Sweden.

Elisabeth celebrated her 1st birthday there and it's actually quite big (there are little bedrooms where the children can sleep etc.)
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BelgaPhoto publishes some aerial photos of the Belgian Royal Palaces taken on 23rd April, 2006

Illustration picture shows an aerial view on the greenhouse ( Serres ) of the Royal Castle in Laeken / Laken , near Brussels
Sunday 23 April 2006.



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on the 3rd photo of the castle in Laeken, there is another building in the upper right corner. I wonder if that's Belvedere, where the King and Queen lives. Or is their castle further away?
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on the 3rd photo of the castle in Laeken, there is another building in the upper right corner. I wonder if that's Belvedere, where the King and Queen lives. Or is their castle further away?
Yep, that's Belvédère.
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A look inside the castle of Laeken (gamma).

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Does anybody know who built the Palace of Laeken? I assume it was an Austrian archduke? The royal serres were ordered by King Leopold II I suppose? Is the chinese pavillion still used by the royal family? It would be a nice location for a photoshoot (the late Queen Marie of Roumania would know what to to: pose in a kimono )
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the castle of Laeken was built in 1772 by Albert von Sachsen-Teschen, the Governor of the Austrian Netherlands as his residence. After the French take-over of power in the south it was purchased by Napoleon in 1804. After the battle of Waterloo in 1815 it became the property of King William I, king of the united Netherlands. Another change of owner occurred 15 years later in 1830 when Belgium became independent. King Leopold I received it as a gift from the Belgian state. After a fire in 1890 it was rebuilt and enlarged. It became the permanent residence of the royal family during the reign of King Leopold III.

more info: Royal Palace of Laeken - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I've visited the greenhouse and the royal palace when I was little, It's really beautiful especially the greenhouse is gorgeous and unic in the world
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I didn' t know that Laeken is also opened to the public. What months would that be? I think it should be even more impressive then the royal palace.
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I didn' t know that Laeken is also opened to the public. What months would that be? I think it should be even more impressive then the royal palace.
Ther greenhouses of Laeken are always open for a number of days in the spring (i believe in late April/May) but it are only the greenhouses and not the Castle.

Monarchie - Greenhouses in Laeken

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Tourism Wallonia - Brussels (Belgium) : VISIT THE ROYAL GREENHOUSES IN LAEKEN
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The greenhouse is open from this week


Go visit if you can I've been there years ago and its beautiful
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The greenhouse is open from this week


Go visit if you can I've been there years ago and its beautiful
I recommend everybody to go. I have been there last saturday. What amazing beautifull azalea's they have. Whow! I am glad I could do this, this year.
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Here is a video of the greenhouse
First there are parts of Prince Filip visiting Libanon and Princess Astrid
But the part from the greenhouse starts at 05.40
It's beautiful
Here it is:

bekijk deel 1
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Really good video of the royal palace and greenhouse!

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I once saw pictures in a Belgian magazine (I think it was Story) of the swimming pool that is located in the greenhouse.
It looked really nice, like a subtropical swimming pool. I couldn't find them on the internet.
Does someone have them?
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I saw photos of the interior of the Greenhouses and I was stunned. It looked like an enchanted storybook.

The grounds of Laeken were idyllic as well. You'd have to drag me out of there if I ever went in person, I'd never want to leave!!
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Not a royal residence, but related to that:

Het Laatste Nieuws has an article on the state of the railway station at Laken Palace. Apparently it looks rather desolate. Windows are thrown in and people put grafiti on the walls. Every time they put in new windows they are thrown in again. They can't put a fence around it or camera's since the building is an official monument.

Article in Dutch here.
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You can see all Laeken residences with Google Earth (I haven't tried the others yet). I thought the image would be more blurred, like military zones or something (since nobody is allowed to fly over Laeken at all), but the satellite gives a nice enough image.
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