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Old 07-18-2012, 03:44 AM
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Belgian National Day - 21 July 2012

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This is the thread dedicated to the Belgian National Day celebrations 2012!


On July 20, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire will attend the concert "Prelude to National Day" hosted by the International Queen Elisabeth Contest
and the Belgian National Orchestra at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.


On July 21, the Te Deum will be attended in the morning by

- King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde at the Cathedral Saints-Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels

- Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz at the Sint-Baafs Catheral in Ghent

- Prince Laurent and Princess Claire at the St. Paul's Cathedral in Liege.

In the afternoon the whole family will attend a military parade at the Palace Square.

Later on Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire will visit different stands of the event "Day in the Park".


* source: Fête Nationale - 21 juillet 2012 *
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:24 PM
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Very nice to see the whole family will be present again.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:36 AM
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Already on July 18, 2012 King Albert delivered his speech on the occasion of the Belgian national day in Brussels:
http://www.monarchie.be/fr/actuel/ag...nationale-2012
king Albert July 18 2012 - News, photos, topics, and quotes (photos)
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:16 PM
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Here are some pics of the 'Prelude to the National Day' concert at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels, this evening, July 20, 2012.




** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** gettyimages/daylife gallery ** belga gallery **
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:33 PM
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Here are two other picture galleries from the concert on July 20:
PPE Agency; APA-PictureDesk
Concert prélude à la Fête nationale - RTBF Vidéo (July 21 video of the concert -I don't know in which countries it is viewable, apparently not in Germany )
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:53 AM
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Belgian National Day remembrance service.

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and some more from picturedesk

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Old 07-21-2012, 09:21 AM
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Thank you for posting those photos -here are the entire gallery from PPE PPE Agency and coverages from Belga BelgaPicture - Category details BelgaPicture - Category details http://picture.belga.be/belgapicture...e/3848665.html where many more photos from DPA can be found via manual search after members of the royal family...
Militair defilé in Brussel gehouden (1) - Het Nieuwsblad; La famille royale dans les trois Régions du pays pour la... (1) - Lavenir.net; Nationale feestdag; De koninklijke dames houden het sober op nationale feestdag - HLN.be (without watermarks)
Fête nationale*: le défilé militaire a débuté (1) - Lavenir.net; http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?z...-2012%20Defile; http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/1a4uj...ns/1NxZtRljAT- (today's military parade)
Koninklijke familie woont militair defilé bij (+album) - Hbvl.be;
Koning beleeft dolle pret met De Crem - HLN.be; Prins Laurent opnieuw op tribune koninklijke familie - HLN.be; Koninklijke familie viert nationale feestdag in de 3 gewesten - HLN.be; http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/957/Binnenl...-21-juli.dhtml (articles)
Veel volk op Te Deum in Brussel - HLN.be; 'De koninklijke familie bezoekt Brussel, Vlaanderen en Wallonië' - HLN.be (videos)
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Princess Mathilde was the best ! thanks for the very quick pictures.
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Something funny happened; Queen Fabiola came first and took place on the last Chair on the left side. Was it on purpose ? but doing that she was sitting next to princess Mathilde, she likes very much to speak with during the Defilé.
Queen Paola arrived and asked her to sit next to her , she did it but the two Queens did not communicate as usual. next to Queen Fabiola the shy Prince Philippe and she spoke to Princess Mathilde as usual....
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The King is not taking the Queen’s arm as King Baudoin did with Queen Fabiola, but I saw the HM King needs Queen Paola 's wife ’s arm to walk safely.
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Here are two more nice large galleries from yesterday (click on the pics to enlarge):



** dpp: Belgian royals attend National Day 2012 **


** dpp: Military parade Belgian National day 2012 **
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Thanks for the photos.
Everyone seemed happy, in good spirits and it was nice to see the twins, too!
I really enjoyed seeing the affection, as usual , between the king and queen, who was very elegant and beautiful... sorry but I adore her


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A gallery from Billed Bladet with focus on the twins: https://picasaweb.google.com/1008659...erMedKrudtBagi
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I really enjoyed seeing the affection, as usual , between the king and queen, who was very elegant and beautiful... sorry but I adore her
Don't apologize -honestly, who can resist this unique, wonderful smile http://s4.concentra.be/imgpath/000/0...-960x700-n.jpg http://1.nieuwsbladcdn.be/Assets/Ima...1.jpg.h600.jpg http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/...8k38k/610x.jpg ?
Still a couple of belated additions:
Fête nationale belge : Le roi Albert se décoince, Nicolas et Aymeric dissipés (article/picture gallery from pure people)
http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/...bruxelles.html; http://galeries.lalibre.be/album/bel...ete_nationale/ (article & picture gallery from la libre)
http://svenskdam.se/2012/07/kungligt...nde-i-bryssel/; http://svenskdam.se/2012/07/firandet...tte-i-belgien/
http://www.royalportraits.nl/categor...79253c3102bb3d
http://www.royalpress.nl/categories.php?cat_id=1028; http://www.royalpress.nl/categories.php?cat_id=1030
Prince Laurent and his family: Laurent dolt en geeuwt op nationaal defilé (1) - Het Nieuwsblad
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H.M.Queen Fabiola is looking very frail!
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An Ari Ri ,You are right at the end we had La Brabançonne our national hymn and it was sad to see how it was difficult for her to stay.
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An Ari Ri ,You are right at the end we had La Brabançonne our national hymn and it was sad to see how it was difficult for her to stay.
I think I saw a photo of Prince Philippe helping Queen Fabiola walk down the aisle which was rather touching.
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I dearly hope Fabiola will be able to attend the wedding in Luxembourg, I think she will be thrilled to be there.
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