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When Prince Laurent arrived at his very seat , this was dirty and cleaned it with his white gloves and after sitting difficultly he slept.
And while -in the heat- the military were parading before the royal dais, Laurent was gesticulating in his mobile phone, as if the whole parade was nothing of interest to him, sitting in his naval uniform with the grand cordon of the Ordre du Léopold. It was almost an insult to the military bringing homage to the King...

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Old 07-22-2015, 09:24 AM
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deredactie.be video: Koning en koningin genieten van een stukje taart

Philippe telling Mathilde "hey, don't eat the whole cake, gimme some"
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Old 07-22-2015, 01:24 PM
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Mathilde has had a little practice with feeding people it seems. At least she didn't have to pretend she was "flying" that bite into his mouth.
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Mathilde has had a little practice with feeding people it seems. At least she didn't have to pretend she was "flying" that bite into his mouth.
I understand that she has a background in speech therapy, and that often involves dealing with any feeding issues a person may have. I would imagine that her knowledge comes from there, as well as from having her own children.


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That cake was really too beautiful to eat. Stunning.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:13 AM
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The cake comes from Wittamer , the best of the best. He did the wedding cakes also.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:03 AM
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Two more galleies of this year's celebrations:



** pm: La famille royale fête les Belges et leur nation **


** pp: Philippe et Mathilde de Belgique : Joie en famille pour la Fête nationale 2015 **
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It is indeed a gorgeous family !
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The King's speech for this year's National Day has been released in French, Dutch and German today.

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A gettyimages gallery.

And here's the video provided by the Palace:


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The King's speech for this year's National Day has been released in French, Dutch and German today.

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I am quite surprised that the King mentioned the Brexit referendum so explicitly. His emphatic defense of the EU, although to be expected from a Belgian monarch, was , however, a bit undiplomatic vis-a-vis the United Kingdom IMHO.

I understand that, being a buffer state between France and Germany which was invaded twice in the course of 20th century European wars and being the administrative seat of the EU, Belgium is a natural supporter of the Union. Having said that, it is unfortunate that Euro-federalism has acquired such dogmatic status in Belgium to the point of dismissing anyone who holds a legitimate opinion to the contrary as prophets of "false choices" as the King said.
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After a lot of telephone calls from Royal Palace to Princess Astrid to attend the Defile for the first time she said no ! (She is Colonel).
In Paris Match we saw such nice pictures of our former King Albert Ii , Queen Paola, Princess Astrid with her youngest daughter and Princesse Claire with her 3 Children, holidays on the King's Boat ALPA.
At the Defile no Princess Claire who is on holiday , no Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz.
The King's Family and Prince Laurent.
In no other Royal Family their bad relationship is shown in public.
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With such family admired more than before the kings!!!!!!!!!
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After a lot of telephone calls from Royal Palace to Princess Astrid to attend the Defile for the first time she said no ! (She is Colonel).
In Paris Match we saw such nice pictures of our former King Albert Ii , Queen Paola, Princess Astrid with her youngest daughter and Princesse Claire with her 3 Children, holidays on the King's Boat ALPA.
At the Defile no Princess Claire who is on holiday , no Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz.
The King's Family and Prince Laurent.
In no other Royal Family their bad relationship is shown in public.
AFAIK Princess Astrid seldom missed the national day during her father's reign. This year she will attend the Europeade festival in Namur instead. According to HLN the palace surprised and got wound up about the absence earlier. Anyway, let's hope that Laurent will bring his children, though I doubt he will.

The press has been writing about a rift in the family for years and since Filip's succession they regulary have Astrid -who usually had the role of peace maker - involved too.

A very good speech of the King; though I was surprised at just how outspoken he was. Many share his concerns about 'false prophets'.
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AFAIK Princess Astrid seldom missed the national day during her father's reign.
According to Het Nieuwsblad she will be missing it for the first time.
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The King's speech for this year's National Day has been released in French, Dutch and German today.

Here's a google translation.


A gettyimages gallery.

And here's the video provided by the Palace:


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Thanks for the article Tatiana Maria. The article also states that all of them have been invited.The article says that she is unhappy about her role in the new monarchy and the few engagements that she gets. This has been rumoured for 3 years now. Apart to the trip to Indonesia she only had 12 public engagements this year. It is obvious that the king wants to focus on the 'core', which is somethign you see in most other European monarchies too.

However, the article continues by pointing out that there are conflicting agenda points and also states that the princess and her husband will attend the concert in the evening before, with the king and queen.
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz at the annual concert on the eve of Belgium's National Day yesterday, July 20:


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Where can we see the defile to day in live?
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Where can we see the defile to day in live?
Maybe RTBf will have a livestream: RTBF Auvio direct : toutes les chaînes TV et radio de la RTBF en direct
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