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Old 10-13-2005, 05:09 AM
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Only the queen and princess Astrid will go to the funeral? What a difference with the funeral of the sister of king Albert, when the whole family was present.
Clearly the belgian royal family wasn't that close with the Italian side of the family. Does anyone know more about that?
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Old 10-14-2005, 12:53 PM
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Belgian singer Annie Cordy ennobled by Queen Paola and King Albert, in Brussels, Belgium,10/11/2005.
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:32 AM
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Today, from getty :

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 15: Prince Laurent, Prince Philippe, Queen Fabiola , Princess Astrid and Prince Lorentz attend the Te Deum to celebrate Kings Day at St Michel Cathedral on November 15, 2005 in Brussels, Belgium.
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:39 AM
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more from getty :

where are the king & queen? or do they normally don't attend this te deum?
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:40 AM
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i'm a little confused by the turn-around chairs placed in front of the royal family. are those supposed to be makeshift prayer kneelers?
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Old 11-15-2005, 11:33 AM
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In the Catholic Church we used to turn our chairs at a regular times during the mass, to pray. Nowadays, it's not common to do so anymore. But Philippe and Mathilde were kneeling at their marriagemass. Ordinary people just turn their chair, royal highnesses have an extra chair in front of them. I think it's only been done on very official occasions.
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:29 PM
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Thank you so much for the photos. It looks like a cooold and rainy day in Belgium. Queen Fabiola was quite warmly dressed. I missed the all the color Mathilde and Claire add! It will be nice when all are back.
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Old 11-15-2005, 05:17 PM
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From Belga.

King's Feast November 15th 2005: A reception at the Parliament in Brussels.
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Old 11-15-2005, 05:42 PM
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In the Catholic Church we used to turn our chairs at a regular times during the mass, to pray. Nowadays, it's not common to do so anymore. But Philippe and Mathilde were kneeling at their marriagemass. Ordinary people just turn their chair, royal highnesses have an extra chair in front of them. I think it's only been done on very official occasions.
Ok, thanks for the explanation. are there any photos of them kneeling?
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Old 11-15-2005, 08:00 PM
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Ok, thanks for the explanation. are there any photos of them kneeling?
Picture of Philippe and Mathilde kneeling at their wedding:

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...55&d1100875146
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:31 PM
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At "Te Deum" mass at Saint Gudule Cathedral in Brussels November 15, 2005 in honour of King's Day
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:51 PM
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In the Catholic Church we used to turn our chairs at a regular times during the mass, to pray. Nowadays, it's not common to do so anymore. But Philippe and Mathilde were kneeling at their marriagemass. Ordinary people just turn their chair, royal highnesses have an extra chair in front of them. I think it's only been done on very official occasions.
Well, here in Holland we're still kneeling during some parts of the Catholic mass. But we don't have chairs we have to turn (though I know them, seen them several times). We sit on benches and in front of them there a small lower little kind of mini-bench on which we can kneel. I'm sure there's a better way to describe it, but well... my english! :)

Thanks to all who posted the lovely pictures by the way!
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This year's Te Deum certainly remind Philippe & Laurent of back in the old days.
when Philippe haven't met Mathilde...
and when Laurent haven't met Claire...
this year's event seem quite somber, it would be great if we can see mathilde & claire again sometime soon...
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Princess Mathilde (L) and King Albert II of Belgium (C) pose with Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure prior to having an official dinner, 16 November 2005, at the Royal Castle of Laken / Laeken, near Brussels. The President of Mali is in Belgium for a 3-day official visit.

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what is she wearing...
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:05 PM
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Princess Mathilde (L) and King Albert II of Belgium (C) pose with Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure prior to having an official dinner, 16 November 2005, at the Royal Castle of Laken / Laeken, near Brussels. The President of Mali is in Belgium for a 3-day official visit.

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well, mathilde looks like she's still pregnant. i hope to see more photos so we can get a better look at her on her 1st engagement after giving birth to prince emmanuel.
probably the reason mathilde is here is because she visited Mali earlier this year & it's a country that affect her.

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(L-R) Belgium's Princess Mathilde, Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure, Belgium's King Albert II, Mali's first lady Toure Lobo Traore and Prince Philippe pose for an official photo at the Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels November 16, 2005. Toure is on a three-day official visit to Belgium

ps. apparently, before belgium, the president visited luxembourg
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Wonderful to see Mathilde and her serenity again!! Thank you for the pictures. I think she looks terrific -- maybe some women recover their pre-pregnancy shape in 3 weeks and good for them as long as it's done healthfully, but the majority of women take more time and especially after three children!
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To be honest, yes mathilde is a beautifull woman, but I don't think she looks terrific on this occasion. Not only her belly, that's quite normal, what can you have against it. But in her face, she's not jet shining like before. Maybe the little Emmanuel keeps screaming all night long, and when the baby finally gets asleep, the other two ask all attention... Children are so lovely, but not always easy
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Thank you for the pictures from today.:) It's great to see Mathilde again. I think she looks really good, and I like her outfit.
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