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Old 09-10-2009, 12:51 PM
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There have been rumours in the Belgian press that the king also bought another villa near the present one in Chateauneuf sur Grasse (France). The press dived on the issue, only to find out now that the rumours are false, the king did not buy a villa at all.

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Old 09-10-2009, 01:59 PM
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you mean apart from all the rumours and public outcry about the king, his new boat and, apparently, his avoiding to pay VAT by registering the boat in Italy as a military vessel, he now also would have bought a second villa in the Provence? Or rather, he didn't...

Whatever the man does with his money is his business. Even when it comes to his dotation, called the Civil List, he can use a certain percentage of that money without having to account for it to the government, that is arranged in the Belgian constitution. For some reason, I'm getting fed up with all these whining complaints.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:49 PM
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Poor King Albert, another spending spree which isn't appreciated by the public...

http://www.theroyalforums.com/11581-...pending-spree/
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:25 PM
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I am saddened to learn about a new controversy of a financial nature surrounding the Belgian royal family. One would expect that King Albert and his advisers would tread cautiously when dealing with finances. Upon re-reading TRF members' opinions on the matter, I agree that King Albert is free to spend his dotation. Unfortunately journalists are likely to create a media storm around big acquisitions such as the above boat.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:03 PM
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Pics 1.10.2009

Queen Paola of Belgium, pictured during a visit to the exhibition
'Delvaux, 180 jaar Belgische luxe' (Delvaux, 180 years of Belgian
luxuary) at the ModeMuseum (Fashion Museum) in Antwerp, 01
October 2009.

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King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium arrive for the special mass in honour of missionary Father Damien (Jozef De Veuster/Pater Damiaan/Pere Damien), Sunday 04 October 2009 in Tremelo. The canonization of Father Damien takes place next Sunday, 11 Octobre, in Rome. Father Damien was known for his ministry to people with leprosy on the island of Molokai, Hawai.

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Here's an article with a little movie from the event (in Dutch): deredactie.be

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a small piece of information in English
flandersnews.be: Tremelo honours Father Damien
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:43 AM
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King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium arrive for the special mass in honour of missionary Father Damien (Jozef De Veuster/Pater Damiaan/Pere Damien), Sunday 04 October 2009 in Tremelo. The canonization of Father Damien takes place next Sunday, 11 Octobre, in Rome. Father Damien was known for his ministry to people with leprosy on the island of Molokai, Hawai.
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King Albert II met with Brazilian president Lula da Silva, during and audience at Laeken castle. President Lula is in Belgium to attend High-Level Business Forum.

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The Belgian Royal Family (especially the king and queen) seem to get a really hard time to me with the press and the media. I dont like all the confilct constantly surrounding them....
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King Albert II met with Brazilian president Lula da Silva, during and audience at Laeken castle. President Lula is in Belgium to attend High-Level Business Forum.

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The photos are very nice, Paty!

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King Albert and Queen Paola were received in private audience by the Pope. They are visiting Rome on the occasion of the canonisation of Father Damien.

deredactie.be: Koningspaar ontvangen door paus

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Which decoration is Queen Paola wearing ??
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Nozze d'oro - La foto del giorno - Corriere della Sera
Pope Benedict XVI with Queen Paola and King Albert.
As always, our newspaper can't help styling in a very creative way the foreign royals, so the King and the Queen of the Belgians has become "Alberto II del Belgio e la regina Paola di Liegi Ruffo di Calabria", "Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola of Liege Ruffo di Calabria"...
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For most of the italians living in Belgium she is still Paola di Liegi..
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Yes, here too...And King Albert is still Alberto di Liegi...
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Courtesy of Belga.

The last fresh photos of Queen Paola and King Albert II at canonisation ceremony of the blessed Father Damien (11/10/2009).

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News Summary Royalblog.nl: Belgian King and Queen at the Vatican
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