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Old 07-21-2013, 04:36 AM
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I thought the children of the crown prince couple would be making an appearance at the cathedral today. Do we know when we will see them?

Queen and Mathilde looked lovely today. Emotional ceremony but so far its a nice one.

We will see them later on today.
They will appear on the balcony after the swearing in of King Philip
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:36 AM
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Queen Paola is very very moved, especially when the King thanked her for her constant support in the last 20 years.

The King then talked to Philippe, repeating that he thinks that Philippe and Mathilde have all the necessary qualities and preparation to be good King and Queen.

Prime Minister Di Rupo is now delivering his speech.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:38 AM
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Lovely speech of the King.
They were all very emotional.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:42 AM
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During the speech:
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs...3632923073.jpg
After the speech:
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs.../113389135.jpg
Aww, even QFabialo stood up during the declaration of the Minister of Justice.
The PM is like a choreographer, indicating everyone when to sit and stand up.

Signing of the abdication:
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs.../366691326.jpg
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs.../656133904.jpg
The Royal Family:
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs.../254011312.jpg
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:47 AM
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Now (I think) 17 persons will sign the document. King Albert just did that, so he is not king anymore.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:48 AM
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The King is signing his abdication, after the Minister of Justice read the act of abdication.
Now the witnesses are signing the Act as well.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:58 AM
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According to this article (with pictures), Natan has dressed almost everyone for todays occasion. No surprise actually.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:59 AM
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The news reporter just said the children were supposed to be at the abdication ...
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:14 AM
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So they will only appear at the balcony.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:23 AM
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I think so :)
10 more minutes to go. Then will the prime minister read the abdication document again to inform parlement of the abdication. Then the royal family will join and Filip will take the oath ^^
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A message from GD Henri to both The King of the Belgians and to King Albert II:
Messages adressés par S.A.R. le Grand-Duc à l'occasion du changement de règne au Royaume de Belgique - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Juillet 2013
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It must be a very emotional day for them all.
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I think so :)
10 more minutes to go. Then will the prime minister read the abdication document again to inform parlement of the abdication. Then the royal family will join and Filip will take the oath ^^
It was not the prime minister, but the president of the chamber, Andre Flahaut. He read the speech in French, now it's in Flemish, but I don't know the woman :)
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How King Albert & Queen Paola will be called after the abdication?
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How King Albert & Queen Paola will be called after the abdication?
King Albert & Queen Paola,they will retain their royal titles,Belgium will have 3 queens and 2 Kings,but Philippe will be the Monarch and Mathilde the Queen Consort.
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Why weren't Philippe's children in the abdication ceremony? They should have been there.
Is Elisabeth going to be officially recognised by the officials as Philippe's heir?

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How King Albert & Queen Paola will be called after the abdication?
Before the abdication they were called
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Belgians
After the abdication:
Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium.

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It must be a very emotional day for them all.
True. In the abdication ceremony most of them especially queen Paola were deep in emotions
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The childern will attend the oat ceremony.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:41 AM
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They're on their way! It's happening
Princess Xenia, what do you mean about the recognition of Elisabeth as heir? Isn't she automatically recognized as such?
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True. In the abdication ceremony most of them especially queen Paola were deep in emotions
Yes I noticed Queen Paola looked the most emotional,it can't have been an easy few days for the Royal Family.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:44 AM
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The Royal Family arrived the Palace National.
The children are also there. The Duchess of Brabant and her sister are wearing identical red dresses form NATAN.
Btw, here's the new wiki page of the new Duchess of Brabant:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes...eth_of_Belgium
Also the Wiki pages of the Royal couple are now updated:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes...eth_of_Belgium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes...ess_of_Brabant
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