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Old 07-21-2013, 11:26 AM
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Princess Eleonore spotted het grandma and aunts at the balcony
http://i44.tinypic.com/abqxq8.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/r08doi.jpg

The palace announced that King philippe will give a speech at 22H at the balcony of the royal palace.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:35 AM
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not a load but a little is fine :) yes, to be taken seriously is most important and a fancy shindig won't do it but showing off your tail feathers occasionally surely would not have a negative effect either.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:37 AM
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The palace announced that King philippe will give a speech at 22H at the balcony of the royal palace.
Where have you heard that? EEN hasn't said anything yet. I only know Queen Mathilde will wear a different dress tonight

I also don't agree with the dissapointment. Belgian are more introvert than Dutch people for start. Also, while I love tiaras, too much blingbling would have caused more resistance with republicans and non-royalists. Many people find already that the royal family costs too much. I also agree with Marlène de Wouters, expert on royalty, that this day, including clothes, were a signal of sobriety. Which is appropriate in these times of crisis, I find.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:39 AM
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Where have you heard that? EEN hasn't said anything yet. I only know Queen Mathilde will wear a different dress tonight
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Isopix had a unique 3d picture of the ceremony

You can see it here:
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:44 AM
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Princess Eleonore spotted het grandma and aunts at the balcony
http://i44.tinypic.com/abqxq8.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/r08doi.jpg
That's so cute! thanks for that find
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:46 AM
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sweet girl... they must have gone thru some training to get her fairly still for that amount of time.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:54 AM
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Thanks Stephanievl!

Nice pictures here. It always strikes me how much likeness there is between Filip and Elisabeth. Anyone else who finds that too?
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:59 AM
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I did see a bit of the ceremony. Congratulations to Belgium on their new King & Queen.
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now I can see what they actually did, my opinion changes some. if they give their own people what they want out of a monarchy-and are not out to wow- they got the job done and it's all good I guess :) still like some theater though, lol.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:07 PM
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Your local inauguration every 4 years is very expensive theatre as well.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:10 PM
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I think we all like some theater now and then
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most of us still love the tradition and meaning and the show of it all.
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Princess Eleonore spotted het grandma and aunts at the balcony
http://i44.tinypic.com/abqxq8.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/r08doi.jpg
Thank you for posting those lovely photos, Eleonore is so sweet.

I wasn't around to watch the whole thing live, but later on I managed to watch a video of the abdication and instillation on YouTube. I also looked at the photos that were posted here. I think Philippe and Mathilde will be a good King and Queen. I particularly liked the photos of the family on the balcony, I thought it was nice that some members of Mathilde's family attended too.

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I don't know if this has been posted before, but the Belgian Royal Family have a translated English version of Philippe's swearing in:

http://www.monarchie.be/node/15624

I found this gallery of the abdication and insinuation on Getty Images:

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/...roduct=Royalty
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:34 PM
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Princess Eleonore spotted het grandma and aunts at the balcony
http://i44.tinypic.com/abqxq8.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/r08doi.jpg
So sweet. Prince Gabriel did a good job keeping an eye on his little sister. The kids were really well-behaved.

Albert and Paola walking with their 4 grandchildren
http://www.rtl.be/videos/video/45202...CategoryID=353

I hope the full ceremonies will be posted somewhere. I've only managed to watch clips as I don't have a TV license so can't watch live stream.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:16 PM
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Everything went swift and smooth. They had a busy day and the party isn't over yet.

Funny thing happened at the Te Deum: Albert almost sat on his hat at the beginning of the Te Deum. Philippe could take it at the las minute.

I was touched by the emotions of Paola and Mathilde, even Albert's voice cracked a bit when he thanked his wife.
In the parliament we could see that Mathilde's family was also very moved.

Like someone said I was also expecting a more brownish uniform on Philippe, but apparently the uniforms changed a few years ago. The green looks better than the brown IMO.

Philippe impressed me today, he looked very relaxed and confident.

The little princesses and princes looked nice and behaved very approprietly. Gabriel is so tall, taller than his 2 year older sister.

I didn't like that they split up the fly past. They were sometimes flying over when people where parading on the ground.
The VW oldtimers of the police were very cute.

I hope we will also get some official pictures from the palace.
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According to the pics only Amedeo was missing.Do we know why?
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Official pics of today
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According to the pics only Amedeo was missing.Do we know why?
Maybe for his work? I tought Maria Laura was only on work experience and the 3 others are still students, so maybe he's the only one with "obligations"

Still very sad... especially for all belgian girls ;-)
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:02 PM
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It's a pity that the Belgian Royal Court doesn't know what a high quality pictures is...all their official pictures are always quite small...
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