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Old 07-22-2013, 06:32 AM
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Full house? Not so full; where are the children of Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent?
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:33 AM
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I was very charmed by their balcony appearance in the evening.
Mathilde looked very moved by the crowd standing in front of the palace and Philippe was still as relaxed as he was all day.
They looked utterly happy with their new role and each other.
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Everybody noticed that Prince Laurent was in a very bad mood the whole day and did not attend the popular ball on July 20th. Why ??
I noticed him at the Te Deum/Mass wearing sunglasses (even inside the Cathedral) and he didn't look too happy!
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:47 AM
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And Claire rolling her eyes all the time.
No idea... Maybe because he's not going to be a big deal anymore? No idea...
Won't Laurent and Astrid need to help out for the next 10-15 years till Elisabeth finishes her education? I'd have thought he would have a bigger role to play if anything. Maybe something to do with the family dynamic and relationships?
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:02 AM
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Won't Laurent and Astrid need to help out for the next 10-15 years till Elisabeth finishes her education? I'd have thought he would have a bigger role to play if anything. Maybe something to do with the family dynamic and relationships?
Astrid is going to lead the next two economic missions. After that, it could be one of her children like Amedeo, press said. It is not known who it will be officially. I doubt they'll let Laurent do it though, with all his scandals and stuff :)
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:20 AM
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there is 'one' in every family and Laurent is it for this family.it just never goes right for them for whatever reason.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:45 AM
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Is there HQ pictures of the official portraits of the new King and Queen and family out there?
I only found so far, smaller ones, sadly.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:54 AM
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Not exactly HQ, but this is the largest size of the five official pictures that I have found:
http://i39.tinypic.com/v6k7xy.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/29nhspc.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/ftfzb4.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/14lsw9u.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/2gw71g3.jpg
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Bigger Pix

MYROYALS &HOLLYWOOD FASH

These are some nice larger pictures. There are also some of other family members if you go to www.newmyroyals.com and scroll down.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:35 PM
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Yesterday, I watched all the ceremonies with emotion.

The royal couple is lovely, queen Mathilde is very beautiful and the children are so cute. i like this family.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:31 PM
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Thank you, the size is not bad, though I wish it were HQ, but I appreciate!
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A good article I want to share with from the italian newspaper La Stampa. I hope Google can help you translate the whole thing
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:04 PM
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There is a new king on the Belgian throne. May god grant him strength during his reign.

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:08 AM
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Why was Queen Paola so devastated ?
Is the King very ill ?
Is She ill ?
Does She regret not being Queen Consort anymore ?
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:39 AM
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Why was Queen Paola so devastated ?
Is the King very ill ?
Is She ill ?
Does She regret not being Queen Consort anymore ?
I guess just because she's relieved and it's very emotional!
she was queen during 20 years... that's a huge change in her life, she's "free" now
I cried too, so I think it's just the intense emotions
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:22 AM
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Why was Queen Paola so devastated ?
Is the King very ill ?
Is She ill ?
Does She regret not being Queen Consort anymore ?
probably she realized how much belgian people loves the royal family, despite part of the Flemish would like to get rid of the monarchy. in fact she cried during the applause the congregation did at the Te Deum and after Albert signed the act of abdication.
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Can someone please tell me: will Albert & Paola become princes now? What titles will they have? Isn't Paola supposed to be the Queen Mother?
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:56 AM
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Can someone please tell me: will Albert & Paola become princes now? What titles will they have? Isn't Paola supposed to be the Queen Mother?
I think they are now King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium. Phillippe and Mathilde are King and Queen of the Belgians. They are the King's parents but I don't know if Queen Mother (or the male equivalent) is a title in Belgium.
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No, in Belgium there isn't the title of Queen Mother/Queen Dowager or so. Just the former Kings and Queens cease to be HM the King/Queen of the Belgians and become HM King X/Queen Y of Belgium.
So Albert and Paola are now King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola of Belgium and they will be referred to as "HM King Albert II" and "HM Queen Paola", just in the same way that Fabiola is "HM Queen Fabiola".
Philippe and Mathilde are instead "HM the King" and "HM the Queen".
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I noticed him at the Te Deum/Mass wearing sunglasses (even inside the Cathedral) and he didn't look too happy!
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Astrid is going to lead the next two economic missions. After that, it could be one of her children like Amedeo, press said. It is not known who it will be officially. I doubt they'll let Laurent do it though, with all his scandals and stuff :)
I think that may be one of the reasonsindeed. However, since the prince is something of a loose canon, it would be better if they find him something to do. If only to prevent him from getting into new trouble.
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