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Old 07-22-2014, 06:53 PM
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I think it is normal protection. I remember at Delft at Prince Bernard funeral, there were lots of people on the roofs around the square.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:29 AM
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Here's one more nice gallery of the National Day celebrations:



** pp: Mathilde de Belgique: Reine des fleurs après le défilé qui a captivé ses enfants **
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:33 AM
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I had the great pleasure to be there on the 21st. Here are a couple of my photos:

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Old 07-23-2014, 12:43 PM
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I had the great pleasure to be there on the 21st. Here are a couple of my photos:

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So cool! Congratulations on getting those great photos of the family.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:50 PM
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I enjoyed looking at the photos of the BRF celebrating National Day. Princess Elisabeth has grown up so much - this was her first National Day as Duchess of Brabant and her parent's first National Day as King and Queen.

Like others here, I thought that what the woman in the crowd did to Princess Eleonore was a little inappropriate, and I'm surprised that Philippe and Mathilde went along with it. It must have been quite scary for Eleonore, since she probably didn't know what was going to happen. The woman could've just asked for a photo politely, without all the fuss. Were there any bodyguards nearby when this happened?

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Thanks for sharing your photos with us, Flipje. It looks like you were quite close to the BRF, what a wonderful experience that must have been for you.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:09 AM
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National Day 2015

King Philippe made his yearly speech the day before National Day
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President Obama sends his wishes to King Philippe President Obama sends warm wishes for Belgium's national holiday
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:22 PM
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Oh I hope there are photos of the entire family for today! I've been waiting for this day so much in hopes of seeing someone I've been missing for so long!
God bless Belgium!
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:51 PM
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The speech

Dutch
https://youtu.be/FE5AREMPGZg

French
https://youtu.be/FE5AREMPGZg

German
https://youtu.be/W5dzSevxBus

Pictures of the concert this evening:

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Here are some more pics of the concert this evening:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 ** Pic 7 ** Pic 8 ** gettyimages gallery **
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The speech

Dutch
https://youtu.be/FE5AREMPGZg

French
https://youtu.be/FE5AREMPGZg

German
https://youtu.be/W5dzSevxBus

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I am not very qualified to judge, but his Dutch speech sounds very fluent, unlike the German speech for example where he is clearly struggling to read from the teleprompter.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:18 AM
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More pics of yesterday's concert can be found here:


** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery **


** dpp: Belgian royals at concert National Day 2015 **


** pm: Mathilde et Philippe fêtent la Belgique avant l’heure **



And here are the first pics of today's National day:



** gettyimages gallery **


** belga gallery ** facetoface gallery **


** robinutrecht.photoshelter.com gallery **


** dpp: Belgian royals at National Day 2015 **


** dhnet.be gallery: EN IMAGES: La famille royale, Charles Michel au Te Deum **


** lesoir.be photos: Fête nationale: la foule au rendez-vous pour accueillir la famille royale au Te Deum **
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:24 AM
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Elisabeth looks SO beautiful, I love the way she dresses, not like a little child but not like a woman yet, it's perfect for her age.

Mathilde is wearing Natan and a Fabienne Delvigne hat, the men of the family handsome as usual
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:47 AM
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What a lovely family we have here.... Elisabeth is very beautiful !
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:52 AM
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Beautiful pictures very beautiful family. Lucky belgians. Yes Elizabeth become a very beautiful girl.
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Nice snapshots, nice royal family, congratulations to Royal Family and the people of Belgium
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:27 AM
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What a lovely royal family! Elizabeth is very beautiful

Where can we watcj the defilée?
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The events look great and the family is lovely as always. I feel so old looking at Elisabeth, she was just a child yesterday and now she's becoming a gorgeous young woman
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Here's a livestream
deredactie.be video: Volg live: Nationaal defilé

Astrid and Lorenz went to the Te Deum at the Antwerp cathedral
Prinselijk bezoek en boodschap voor solidariteit op Te Deum - ATV
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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.
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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.

I was watching the live stream a couple of minutes ago and Prince Laurent was caught again on camera dozing off !

BTW, I'm curious about the seating arrangements. I understand the focus is on the King, the Queen and their children, but I find it slightly odd that the King's siblings are seated so far from the monarch, in a somewhat segregated position. Is that normal protocol in Belgium or does it tell anything about a possible strain in the King's relationship with his brother and sister ?
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