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Old 07-21-2016, 06:09 PM
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I am a big fan of Philippe and Mathilde but I am shocked to see where Laurent was placed....
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HI&RH Princess Astrid & HI&RH Prince Lorenz,Archduke of Austria Este attended the Te Deum Mass at l'Eglise Saint Martin in Arlon.


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That was very sweet from him...he's just a complicated man. Again, pity he was left alone in that corner...shame on whoever planned it...
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:04 AM
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Indeed, Laurent is Laurent... At least he greeted his nieces and nephews.

There were still 60.000 people celebrating in Brussels, despite the tightened security measures and last week's attack on the French national holiday. The security forces must be relieved that the day ended without a drama.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:30 AM
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Here are some more pics of the celebrations:


** pm gallery: La famille royale belge célèbre la fête nationale **



** ppe gallery mass ** ppe gallery parade ** ppe gallery parc ** ppe gallery concert July 20 **
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:05 AM
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Though I don't really have much time for Prince Laurent it was kind of sad to see him on his own without his wife/children,does anyone know as to why Princess Claire was absent from the Belgian National Day celebrations?
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That was very sweet from him...he's just a complicated man. Again, pity he was left alone in that corner...shame on whoever planned it...
The Prince was not really "left alone in that corner": that specific place on the dais was always for members of the royal family, but yesterday it happened to be only one person. Apparently the Court was not that flexible to fix the seating arrangements, probably it did not even cross the minds of the organisators that it would result in an unlucky photo opportunity for the media.
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HI&RH Princess Astrid & HI&RH Prince Lorenz,Archduke of Austria Este attended the Te Deum Mass at l'Eglise Saint Martin in Arlon.


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Interesting enough there was plenty of decorum around Princess Astrid, with all those military aides-de-camp and the civil authorities with their sashes. It did not look "lesser" than the Te Deum in Brussels.
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Interesting enough there was plenty of decorum around Princess Astrid, with all those military aides-de-camp and the civil authorities with their sashes. It did not look "lesser" than the Te Deum in Brussels.
Yes I noticed that too and also the church looked like a very splendid and historic building,perfect setting for a Te Deum.
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I was sad to see Laurent alone , it was a mistake of the palace to put him apart, he would be near the children, it would be nice..
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The Prince was not really "left alone in that corner": that specific place on the dais was always for members of the royal family, but yesterday it happened to be only one person. Apparently the Court was not that flexible to fix the seating arrangements, probably it did not even cross the minds of the organisators that it would result in an unlucky photo opportunity for the media.
I know that it's the usual place for members of the extended royal family. But you can't deny having him there, all alone (without his family or at least his sister), looked off. I have to say, if it was a decision from the Court, it was a very bad one. They know that any tiny faux pas is inevitably judged and over analyzed, and given Laurent was the only one in attendance, they could have easily arranged a seat for him in the main dais.
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Given the terrible events in Belgium earlier this year it would be nice to see a united Royal Family,the absence of Princess Claire in particular struck me as selfish seeing as it was National Day!
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Selfishness is not something I can easily attribute to Princess Claire, I must say. Maybe there are deep waters between Prince Laurent and his spouse. Claire has not exactly married the most goodnatured and easygoing dude, we must admit...
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:50 AM
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We pay the Royals to do their job.
Their Job is to work a little bit and attend at least our National Day!
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last night
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She is really a teenager now (almost 15 on the 21st of October) she was really nicely dressed !
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She is really a teenager now (almost 15 on the 21st of October) she was really nicely dressed !
And she's going to be quite tall, her legs are REALLY long
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Still some more great galleries of July 20 and 21:


** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery 1 **


** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery 2 **


** dpp gallery: Belgian National Day 2016 **
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is there any footage as well?
I love to see how close she is with her father, he seems to be really fond of his children and really attentive and caring (you can tell he doesn't want his children to experience what he did when it comes to family). She's really growing into her role of Heir to the Throne and I'm sure she'll make her parents and her Nation proud when it'll come the moment to take her role to a more active level.
And yes, she's grown so much since last year. I thought she's wasn't going to be tall since her cousins Laetitia Maria and Louise looked taller than her at Amedeo's wedding, despite being younger, but every kid is different and has his own time to grow up.
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is there any footage as well?
I love to see how close she is with her father, he seems to be really fond of his children and really attentive and caring (you can tell he doesn't want his children to experience what he did when it comes to family). She's really growing into her role of Heir to the Throne and I'm sure she'll make her parents and her Nation proud when it'll come the moment to take her role to a more active level.
And yes, she's grown so much since last year. I thought she's wasn't going to be tall since her cousins Laetitia Maria and Louise looked taller than her at Amedeo's wedding, despite being younger, but every kid is different and has his own time to grow up.
This is footage from the night act:

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