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Old 07-09-2013, 01:15 PM
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Abdication of Albert II and Oath of Philippe, 21 July 2013

In this thread you can post during the 21st of July. There will be an abdication, Te Deum, Oath in parlament and the military parade.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:24 AM
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The government released the exact time sheadule for the 21st of july

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9h Te Deum in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in Brussels

10h30. Abdication ceremony of King Albert II at the Royal Palace of Brussels

12h Swearing in of King Philip at the Palace of the Nation. After the oat gun shots are fired.

13h The Royal Family salute the people from the balcony of the Royal Palace on the Place des Palais

14h10. Tribute of the new king to the Unknown Soldier, Congress Column

16h05 King Philip inspects the civil and military forces

17h Military and civilian parade, Paleizenplein

19h Philippe and mathilde participate in the Party in the Park, in the Royal Park

23H. The Royal Family attends the fireworks at the Palace of Academies on the Place des Palais
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:27 PM
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This thread will be closed until July 21st
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:47 AM
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The Royal Family has left Laeken now.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:49 AM
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Do we have a live stream?
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Has somebody recorded the christening of Ingrid Alexandra?It was so nice to see all of them together as a happy family...
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:52 AM
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Do we have a live stream?
Livestream Koning Filip | VTM NIEUWS
deredactie.be video: LIVE: Koning Filip op Eén
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:56 AM
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Livecenter koning Filip

I don't think they expected so much interest, the livestreams keep buffering.

The Kings and the CP couple have arrived. I have to say they both look great.
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs...2740074858.jpg
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs.../300543002.jpg
Princess Claire arriving: http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs.../916240994.jpg

The congregation is applauding the Kings. The reports have mentioned that it is not normal (not becouse you do not clap in a church) but they point out that this is a special Te Deum. (Although the congreation also applauded the PM, so I wouldn't know..)
Queen Paola looks very touched.

The family during the Te Deum:
http://www.deredactie.be/polopoly_fs...1080296509.jpg

Also, the Princesses Elisabeth and Eleonor will be wearing read dresses from NATAN.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:04 AM
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They all seem very nice dresses.
Queen Paola clearly emocionated
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:16 AM
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what a beautiful cathedral the brussels one is!
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:23 AM
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Queen Paola sat down during the Te Deum. Maybe her health is not as good as she looks. I suppose it is a good thing that they are retiring.

Edit: After sitting down for 5 minutes she stood up again. Myabe she needed the rest.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:32 AM
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THe family is now leaving the cathedral. A big applause for the RF. People are wishing Filip well. Also, ALbert and Paola are making a little farewell tour among the well wishers. The abdication ceremony starts in about a hour.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:41 AM
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the royal family went out of the cathedral after te deum to greet the crowds. paola is tearing up, the crowds are offering them presents and are all wishing them to "rest".
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Emotional Queen Paola:
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I'm watching television and really regret I can't be in Brussels. The royals seem very relaxed and the crowd is cheering and singing. Very nice to see!
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The abdiction ceremony starts.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:28 AM
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Here they come...
A picture of the room:
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Queen Paola is really emotional today. She cried as the King thanked her for her support during the past 20 years.
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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.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:32 AM
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On the left theres the minister of justice/law (she was responsible for the abdication document), on the right the prime minister. Albert has just thanked his wife, such a beautiful moment

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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.
They will appear on the balcony :)
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mathilde is crying after the speech of the king... bless her...
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