Here's a place to post information, pics etc. of the Belgian National Day of 2009.
Current plans according to the website of the Belgian royal family:
- 20 July: the entire royal family attend a concert at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, entitled "Preludium to the National Day", organized by the Belgian National Orchestra and the International Queen Elisabeth Contest.
- 21 July:
King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attend the Te Deum at the St. Michael and St. Gudule Cathedral in Brussels
Prinses Astrid and Prince Lorenz attend the Te Deum at the Our Lady Cathedral in Antwerp
Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attend the Te Deum at Collegiale Sint-Waudru in Mons
- the entire family attends the military défilé around 15:00
After the defilé, the King and Queen will visit the booths of the Royal Warrant Holders.
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde will visit the UNICEF booths in the Warande-park.
Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz will visit the stands of the Police at the Poelaertplein.
Prince Laurent and Princess Claire will visit the stands of the army at the Grote Zavel/Grande Sable.
In the evening, the royals will attend the fireworks at the Paleizenplein.
see here for the info in Dutch
Due to the attack on Queen Beatrix last April, and the recent threats to kill Queen Fabiola, the security measures for the Belgian royals will be elevated. No less than 120 extra policemen will be employed to keep the Belgian royals safe.
for an article in French.