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Old 06-07-2009, 05:09 PM
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The King and the Queen never vote.
Queen Fabiola who never voted when she was Queen consort , now she has to vote.
She did a lot for the "Concours Reine Elisabeth " perhaps she is in Spain.
A few years ago she waited one hour like everybody.
Since her illness in the beginning 2009 she is weak and we did not see her to day.
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:11 PM
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But have the King and the Queen the right of vote? In Britain, for example, the Queen doesn't have this right...
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In Spain they can not vote
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:40 PM
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The same in Belgium
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:14 PM
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I thought the King and Queen have the right to vote, but they can choose not to.

As for Queen Fabiola, she always did her civil duty, even when her brother was really ill, she went to vote before flying to Spain. She was probably either unwell or abroad. Or she gave one of her family members a "power of attorney" to vote for her. All possible. I'm not sure if she is regarded a "normal citizen" in this respect, or if her status as former Queen-consort prevails.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:33 PM
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I was waiting for the annual family photos taken in Laken Palace in May/June. But seems there would not be any in press this year?
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:25 PM
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I was waiting for the annual family photos taken in Laken Palace in May/June. But seems there would not be any in press this year?
I do hope there is a special family photo session this year. It isn't an annual event you know.
And they usually don't announce it on the agenda,suddenly there was a photossion and there are new family photos.

I fear we have to wait until August the 30th, [a reception in Laeken for the various royal wedding anniversaries this year].
But because the King and Queen are wed 50 years and the 75th birthday of the King I hope for many photos with all children and grandchildren.
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I do hope there is a special family photo session this year. It isn't an annual event you know.
And they usually don't announce it on the agenda,suddenly there was a photossion and there are new family photos.
Ah, I see. Thanks paola, I thought it were an annual event.

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I fear we have to wait until August the 30th, [a reception in Laeken for the various royal wedding anniversaries this year].
But because the King and Queen are wed 50 years and the 75th birthday of the King I hope for many photos with all children and grandchildren.
I look forwards to it.
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:24 PM
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2009 is an important year for the Belgian RF. The King is 75 years old .
The King and the Queen are married since 50 years.
Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz 25 years, Prince Philippe and Mathilde 10 years.
As you know they will be alas no ball , no garden-party no other royals coming...
As said before they will invite the belgians who married the same day in 1959 and 1999 and this on August the 30th.
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I like that idea of inviting others with the same anniversary to celebrate with the royal family! I think it is a very nice gesture.

Even though I enjoy a royal gala like everyone else, I think that this idea is a nice change.
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Do you know something about any state visit to Belgium in 2009?
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Queen Paola, King Albert and Prince Philippe of Belgium pictured
during a lunch at the Castle of Laeken-Laken, Brussels, 08 October
2009, on the second day of the official visit of China Vice-President
Xi Jinping in Belgium.


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The Vice President of China is in the country to open the exhibition "Europalia China", which will show some exclusive pieces from the Forbidden City, which have never left China before.

The entire royal family is supposed to attend the inauguration of the exhibition.
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LadyLeana , Nowadays a lot of receptions are in Laeken.
Can we say our King has 3 palaces ; one for work(officiel royal palace in Brusssels) , one for his receptions (Laeken), at one for his private life (Belvedere)?
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rince Lorenz, Princess Astrid, Queen Paola, Prince Laurent (back), Vice-President of China popular republic, Xi Jinping, King Albert II, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde and Princess Maria-Laura (oldest daughter of Astrid), pictured at the entrance of the exhibition "Son of the Sky" / "Fils du Ciel" / Zoon van de Hemel", at the official opening of Europalia China, at Brussels Center for Fine Arts /Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Thursday 8 October 2009. BELGA PHOTO BENOIT DOPPAGNE
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LadyLeana , Nowadays a lot of receptions are in Laeken.
Can we say our King has 3 palaces ; one for work(officiel royal palace in Brusssels) , one for his receptions (Laeken), at one for his private life (Belvedere)?
Yes, I suppose you could put it that way. Normally, of course, the Laeken palace is also the residence of the King, only Albert and Paola preferred to stay at the Belvedère, where they had made their home so many years ago (50 now, to be exact...)

The Brussels Palace is also sometimes used for receptions, I hope they will use it often when Belgium presides the EU. Especially the grand ballroom with all the chandeliers is so impressive!
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Pics 8.10.2009

The Royal Family attends the exhibition "Son of the Sky" at the official
opening of Europalia China, at Brussels Center for Fine Arts (Paleis voor
Schone Kunsten), October 8, 2009:


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Courtesy of Belga.

Prince Lorenz, Princess Astrid, Queen Paola, Prince Laurent, Vice-President of China popular republic, Xi Jinping, King Albert II, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde and Princess Maria-Laura, pictured at the entrance of the exhibition "Son of the Sky", at the official opening of Europalia China, at Brussels Center for Fine Arts (8/10/2009).

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Belgium Royal Family visited exhibition ‘Son of the Sky’ at the official opening of Europalia China, at Brussels Center for Fine Arts
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