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Old 08-18-2003, 04:29 PM
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The holiday residence of Fabiola is Villa Astrida in Motril (Spain), king Baudouin died here.
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:31 PM
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The pictures I found just show the entrance area (plus Fabiola and Princess Nori) and date from 1993.
http://img178.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_176lo.jpg
http://img34.imagevenue.com/img.php?..._122_954lo.jpg
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Thanks for posting those Johann. I remember the white entrace of Villa Astrida from the days that Boudewijn died, still get somewhat sad to look at the villa.
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Villa Astrida will be a luxury hotel complex of about 120 rooms.

La Villa Astrida sera un hôtel de luxe et évoquera son passé royal - La Libre

La Villa Astrida transformée en hôtel de luxe - Noblesse & Royautés
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I understood the nephews of the late Queen Fabiola (the children of her siblings) are the owners of Villa Astrida in Motril. So her blood relatives did inherit something indeed. Back then it was communicated that "the whole estate" of the late Queen was inherited by the foundation Hulpfonds van de Koningin / Œuvres de la Reine
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Motril is a coastal town that must have been popular in the 1960s, but nowadays it's largely old fashioned and unpopular amongst luxury tourists. It's also literally covered in plastic because of the massive greenhouse industry of the region. Who would look to stay in a luxury hotel over there?
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I understood the nephews of the late Queen Fabiola (the children of her siblings) are the owners of Villa Astrida in Motril. So her blood relatives did inherit something indeed. Back then it was communicated that "the whole estate" of the late Queen was inherited by the foundation Hulpfonds van de Koningin / Œuvres de la Reine
Is it possible that they acquired ownership of the Villa while Queen Fabiola was still alive and therefore ir was not part of the Queen's estate that was inherited by the Hulpfonds ? I know that there is some jewelry for example that Queen Fabiola gave away before she passed.
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Is it possible that they acquired ownership of the Villa while Queen Fabiola was still alive and therefore ir was not part of the Queen's estate that was inherited by the Hulpfonds ? I know that there is some jewelry for example that Queen Fabiola gave away before she passed.
That is possible indeed, but there is a difference in giving away personal items "underhand" or a whole estate, which requires a notarial act and a change in the land register. Back then the late Queen wanted to establish a foundation for the Spanish properties, which was criticized in Belgian media (and exploited by politicians with a republican and separatist agenda) because of tax evasion etc. I understood the Queen dissolved all foundations and handed all over to the Hulpfonds van de Koningin. There is some mismatch with the information provided.
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I know Motril , I rent a House in an urbanisation for Spanish high level people.
The Villa Astrida has a private Beach , so very interesting for building a Hotel.
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I had no idea that Astrida was a villa of twenty rooms. In all the information I read about their late Majesties and their holidays there it always sounded like it was their tiny summer getaway home.

But I guess by Royal standards 120 rooms for a holiday villa is not very big at all.
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I know Motril , I rent a House in an urbanisation for Spanish high level people.
The Villa Astrida has a private Beach , so very interesting for building a Hotel.
When the De Mora family rent it out to a hotel company, it will generate a nice annual revenue for them.

I remember around the death of the Queen that in Belgian media was suggested the Spanish blood relatives were (negatively) surprised that Fabiola has left nothing to them. This seem not correct.

(This pops up the question again: if the Queen could leave Villa Astrida to her nephews, could she do the same with other items, like the Spanish Wedding Gift diadem?)
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