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Old 07-17-2018, 01:22 PM
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I'm fine with not having to look at the ever sulky Prince Laurent,Begian National Day is meant to be a celebration and he's a disgrace to the Royal Family and kingdom.
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:38 AM
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Well, I suppose these days it would be stranger if Laurent did attend.
And it's going to happen even less and less now that Elisabeth and Gabriel are almost grown up and will be able to take on some engagements soon enough.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:43 AM
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And it's going to happen even less and less now that Elisabeth and Gabriel are almost grown up and will be able to take on some engagements soon enough.
I hope we are going to be surprised by Elisabeth's presence to the concert on Saturday, especially since, going abroad, we won't be seeing much of her in the next few years.
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:13 AM
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Here's King Philippe's National Day speech:



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Old 07-20-2018, 03:55 PM
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz tonight Attend the Concert Prelude To The National Day In Beaux-Arts Palace In Brussels

https://www.gettyimages.es/search/ev...ssettype=image

https://www.gettyimages.de/search/ev...ssettype=image

https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?...7-2018%20Bozar

And later tonight King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attends at the 'Bal National' festivities, an evening of concerts on the eve of Belgium's National Day in the Marolles - Marollen neighbourhood in Brussels

http://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6242958
https://scontent.fath3-3.fna.fbcdn.n...79&oe=5BD4BA12
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https://twitter.com/i/status/1020407609533304832
https://twitter.com/i/status/1020395723228155904
https://twitter.com/i/status/1020399902470201344
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:37 AM
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Here's another gallery of the Bal National:


** gettyimages: BEL: Belgium Royal Family Attends The Bal Populaire At Place Jeu De Balles In Brussels **
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Old 07-21-2018, 06:23 AM
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and the children at the Te Deum mass, on the occasion of Today''s Belgian National Day, at the Saint Michael and St Gudula Cathedral in Brussels

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https://twitter.com/i/status/1020580608173592576


Greeting the people
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Prince Laurent and Princess Claire in Ghent

http://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6243404
http://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/6242961


Princess Astrid with Prince Lorenz in Liege

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Old 07-21-2018, 07:15 AM
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Lovely to see Princess Elisabeth and her brother Prince Emmanuel at the walk about outside the cathedral,looks like a lovely day for it.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:45 AM
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Elisabeth looks SO beautiful, she's so grown, almost a young woman now.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:52 AM
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In Belgium ,The Royal Family is only the King's family.
Astrid had to attend.
Normally Prince Laurent attends all the Ball at the poorest part of Brussels called the Marolles.
This afternoon we will se.
He came the years before to keep his dotation , but now he has less , I think he will stay home. Princess Claire never attend since some years.

Since some months Prince Gabriel looks annoyed, does not smile. All is for Elisabeth who seems delighted.
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:05 AM
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The photos of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire from the Mass in Ghent had a look of awkwardness the Prince did not look at all happy and had his usual sullen face.

In contrast the Brussels images were a complete joy.
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and the children at the Te Deum mass, on the occasion of Today''s Belgian National Day, at the Saint Michael and St Gudula Cathedral in Brussels


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https://twitter.com/i/status/1020592911589748736
https://twitter.com/i/status/1020590982763606016
https://twitter.com/i/status/1020595075720638464

That senior French-speaking lady on the video was a little bit off, but I guess she was just overwhelmed to meet the Royal Family.

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Since some months Prince Gabriel looks annoyed, does not smile. All is for Elisabeth who seems delighted.

As I said once, he is a teenage boy and boys are sometimes like that at that age. I wonder though if being the second born and seeing his sister increasingly taking the spotlight as the heiress to the throne is having an effect on him. Primogeniture, which is an essential feature of hereditary monarchy, can be quite brutal sometimes.



I appreciate, however, that King Philippe often spends separate time with the boys alone, like when they went to Russia to watch the Belgian soccer game against Tunisia, or when Gabriel and Philippe were hiking together in Spain.
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:17 AM
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Since some months Prince Gabriel looks annoyed, does not smile. All is for Elisabeth who seems delighted.
He is a teenager, I think it is pretty normal. Plus I've seen a video of him smiling when a woman was congratulating with his father. A proud son!
Elisabeth is in full bloom, which is extraordinary to see since most of us have seen her taking her first steps 16 years ago more or less.

That woman saying those things to Elisabeth was hard to watch and to be honest, I don't envy the girl who had to somehow respond to that woman...

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As I said once, he is a teenage boy and boys are sometimes like that at that age. I wonder though if being the second born and seeing his sister increasingly taking the spotlight as the heiress to the throne is having an effect on him. Primogeniture, which is an essential feature of hereditary monarchy, can be quite brutal sometimes.
I think that could be a feature too. Eventually he will understand the perks of being the spare (namely that he will be able to choose his on career).
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:35 AM
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More nice photos of today's National Day can be found here:


** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery **


** dpp gallery: Belgian Royals at National Day 2018 **


** gettyimages gallery 1 ** gettyimages gallery 2 **


** lesoir.be gallery & video: Fête nationale: la famille royale a assisté au traditionnel «Te Deum» **


** belga gallery military parade ** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery military parade ** ppe gallery military parade **
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The F-16 flew over in the formation of a number 5 to mark the 5th anniversary of the King’s reign.
Mathilde pointed it out to her husband.
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Videos from the arrival in the Miltary Parade

King Philippe with Queen Mathilde
https://twitter.com/i/status/1020671625224695809

Princesses Elisabeth and Eleonore with Princes Gabriel and Emanuel
https://www.facebook.com/PlaceRoyale...646302161/?t=3

Princess Astrid with Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent with Princess Claire
https://twitter.com/i/status/1020665769632387072

The picture who cdm says above with the number 5 of the F-16
https://scontent.fath4-2.fna.fbcdn.n...83&oe=5BD5533B

The afternoon King Philippe with Mathilde visit the 'Fete au parc - Feest in het Park' celebrations on the Belgian National Day in the Parc de Bruxelles - Warandepark

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Perfect and very special Military Parade (100 years of the end of WWI), and 5th years of King's reign. Very emotional end with the Dutch Singer and a text read in our 3 languages.
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:22 PM
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Lovely events. Great seeing the family out all together and happy

Why is Laurent in sunglasses in his military uniform, and in church Unless he has some eye condition I don't know about, that is just He looks like he was up drinking late the night before and he is hiding his hangover behind glasses.

I don't think Gabriel's attitude is about not being heir, but a normal teenage boy. Honestly born a royal or not, attending formal occasions aren't going to be exciting for kids, and some are worse at hiding it. In some ways he probably doesn't envy his sister at all, and what she faces as the future monarch and the duties.

Of course in private the parents would treat their kids equally, and would find special time for all of them. Like going to a football game or hiking. Behind closed doors birth order doesn't matter to parents.

I wonder if some where in Elisabeth, and her parent's minds, she is thinking this will be one if not last event she will attend for some time. She will soon be off to school in Wales.
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I wonder if some where in Elisabeth, and her parent's minds, she is thinking this will be one if not last event she will attend for some time. She will soon be off to school in Wales.
She will have half terms to go back home, but I don't think her family will make her attend events during her time home. As the school website mention summer holidays starting on the 25th July, I really hope she will be given special permission to go back home for the National day next year since she's the heir to the throne.
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She will have half terms to go back home, but I don't think her family will make her attend events during her time home. As the school website mention summer holidays starting on the 25th July, I really hope she will be given special permission to go back home for the National day next year since she's the heir to the throne.
While other British schools may finish on the date, UWC AC isn't like regular British schools due to it being a part of the UWC movement with sixteen other schools across the globe. The school year starts in about three weeks and Elisabeth will finish her first year on June 19th, not July 25th. https://www.atlanticcollege.org/events/2019/06/
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