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Old 10-12-2009, 06:53 AM
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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....
Albert's the one who gets most credit from people - and in the press though. Paola and others are nearly generally criticized, but Albert's still Mr Popular
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:40 AM
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The picture of HM the King kneeling before the Pope is alas subject of critism from belgian politics.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:49 AM
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The King looks slightly frail to me in these photos, is he in reasonably good health?

I wish Q Paola had worn a white suit instead of the creamy-beige one.....looks dirty with the white lace veil!
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:30 AM
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The picture of HM the King kneeling before the Pope is alas subject of critism from belgian politics.
Could you elaborate, Maria Olivia? Which political party criticized, saying what? Well it won't be CDH/CD&V, our modern christians in parliament, who all wanted to sit front row at the canonization I guess
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:55 PM
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I agree with you Hannelore for CDH/CD&V, I saw them sitting front on TV yesterday?
But I heard about the critics at the press revue on french radio, they spoke again about the power's separation . I will try to eleborate more, did you hear this on your side? Kind regards
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:46 PM
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Is Queen Paola wearing her wedding veil as a mantilla? It looks very lovely.
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:18 AM
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maria-olivia, I've read something about the "seperation of powers" criticism in the newspaper, but there isn't any big criticism here. One of the attending ministers was a liberal, and you musn't forget that Father Damien was named the greatest Belgian in Flanders.
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maria-olivia, I've read something about the "seperation of powers" criticism in the newspaper, but there isn't any big criticism here. One of the attending ministers was a liberal, and you musn't forget that Father Damien was named the greatest Belgian in Flanders.
Not just in Flanders, in Wallonia he's known and respected too!

I agree the question of seperation of powers is a delicate one, and I'm not cheering when the church gets mixed state affairs either, but for an event as big as this one, it can't be helped I guess.
I don't regard this as criticism on the royal family per se. It's a thing that will (and must) be debated more and more -- as it also extends to the muslim comunity in Belgium and the delicate issue of veiled women...
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:38 PM
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Pics 13.10.2009

Belgium's King Albert salutes during his visit to Belgian army Intelligence,
Surveillance, Target, Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Forces in
Heverlee October 13, 2009.


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Queen Paola visited the exhibition 'Wibald de Stavelot, abbe
d'Empire. D'or et de parchemin' in the Abbey of Stavelot,
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Pics 15.10.2009

Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko is welcomed by
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Pics 16.10.2009

Queen Paola visiting arboretum Kalmthout near Antwerp,
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:32 AM
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Its not politically correct, but I love the fur on the jacket. I never noticed how wrinkled Q Paola's skin was- Perhaps she was a sun worshiper, or smoker? The pictures are unforgiving, unfortunatley!
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Old 10-18-2009, 02:08 PM
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I know, she used to be such a great beauty. It's a shame she didn't take better care of herself. She's still an attractive lady though. Her coat is elegant.
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:10 AM
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Well, these comments are a bit harsh. You don't just get wrinkles by smoking or lying in the sun. It's a natural ageing process for many women: some women have many wrinkles, others less. In this botox and plastic surgery era it's a relief to see a woman growing old gracefully. And it makes me feel awkward at the same time that these explanations need be made. Has beauty industry taken over from common sense and nature?
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:13 AM
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Pics 19.10.2009

Two beautiful queens united today:

Queen Paola of Belgium welcomes Queen Silvia of Sweden before
attending a Ministerial Conference over the "Europeam Fight
against Human Trafficking" at the Egmont Palace in Brussels ,
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:16 AM
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Our Queen looks beautiful in gray color.I like her neacklace, 3 small rows of pearls and 2 bigger. That means 5 rows. I should say that the 3 rows are real pearls but for the 2 bigger rows I am not sure. What do you think?
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My God, the difference between their facial's skin it's amazing. Hasn't both queens the same age?
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:07 AM
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My God, the difference between their facial's skin it's amazing. Hasn't both queens the same age?
Queen Silvia was born on December 23, 1943, Queen Paola 6 years
earlier on September 11, 1937. So there actually is a little difference,
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The pics of the two queens arrive at the right moment: they are the best answer to those posts about queen Paola's wrinkles. How wonderful is queen Paola with her wrinkles, how deformed is queen Silvia with all that surgery on her!
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