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Old 12-06-2014, 05:19 PM
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Very sad news. Unfortunately her passing has gone largely unreported in Britain as the British press seem to think that people here are only interested in the Windsors. How wrong they are!
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:53 PM
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The Queen Dowagers death made it onto the BBC.

BBC News - Belgium's dowager queen Fabiola dies aged 86
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:23 PM
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According to the BBC her allowance was only 900,000 EUR, or about 1,100,000 USD, doesn't sound like a lot to run a royal household.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:36 PM
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[That must have been rather confusing. Did Queen Fabiola and her brother Fabiolo see each other often once she became a member of the Belgian Royal Family? ]//quote

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Fabiola did eventually reconcile with her brother Jaime. He was in attendance at King Baudouin's funeral. "Fabiolo" was not his real name, it was a cheeky nickname invented for him by the tabloids during his heyday.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:52 PM
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The Queen Dowagers death made it onto the BBC.

BBC News - Belgium's dowager queen Fabiola dies aged 86

Yes the web page carried the news but no mention on the news programmes on tv.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:55 PM
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According to the BBC her allowance was only 900,000 EUR, or about 1,100,000 USD, doesn't sound like a lot to run a royal household.
She did not have a real royal Household, she lived at the Château du Stuyvenberg with a minimal number of staff: http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/m...belgica609.jpg

The Château du Stuyvenberg is located on the Domain of the Château de Laeken, residence of King Philippe. So Queen Fabiola could make use of the services and facilities of her nephew's Household.

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Old 12-06-2014, 08:04 PM
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God Bless HM Queen Fabiola.
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:22 AM
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A message of condolence from the Grand Duke of Luxembourg:

"It is with great emotion that the Grand Duchess and I heard the news of the death of Queen Fabiola. With my father, our family and countrymen we express our deepest condolences. We will keep fond memories, and recognise a Queen who has put all her qualities of mind and heart to the service of the reign of her husband and the welfare of its citizens. Her love of life and her communicative enthusiasm have always been an example for us."

Message de condoléances adressé à Sa Majesté le Roi des Belges - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Décembre 2014
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Old 12-07-2014, 03:31 AM
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I think Princess Alexandra is the most suitable choice



Princess Alexandra of Kent? Why would she be suitable? I think the two haven´t met a lot - during the last 25 years hardly, if any.
So why would a junior member of the brit. royal family "most suitable" to attend a funeral of a foreign former Queen?!
As far as I can recall she never represented the family or the country at an important event abroad (unlike her brothers or her cousin Richard and spouses), well, at least not a royal funeral...
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Old 12-07-2014, 04:23 AM
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I agree. Queen Fabiola was a Queen-Consort and making Princess Alexandra the representative for the funeral seems a bit "low", for sure when other Houses send high delegations.

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[...] As far as I can recall she never represented the family or the country at an important event abroad [...]
Princess Alexandra of Kent was one of the bridesmaids for Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.

She joined ranks with Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, with Princess Irene of the Netherlands, with the Infanta Doña Pilar, with Princess Benedikte of Denmark, with Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, with Princess Anne d'Orléans and with Princess Tatiana Radziwill....

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Old 12-07-2014, 05:32 AM
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The Gran Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Archduchess Marie-Astrid were seen leaving royal domain in Laeken on Saturday night. Fabiola was aunt to Henri and Marie-Astrid.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:01 AM
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Princess Alexandra of Kent was one of the bridesmaids for Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.

She joined ranks with Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, with Princess Irene of the Netherlands, with the Infanta Doña Pilar, with Princess Benedikte of Denmark, with Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, with Princess Anne d'Orléans and with Princess Tatiana Radziwill....

Princess Alexandra was the daughter of a Greek Princess, she was a close relative of the bride. So I think in that wedding she didn't represent the British RF, she was bridesmaid to her second cousin.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:55 AM
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Princess Alexandra of Kent was one of the bridesmaids for Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.

She joined ranks with Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, with Princess Irene of the Netherlands, with the Infanta Doña Pilar, with Princess Benedikte of Denmark, with Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, with Princess Anne d'Orléans and with Princess Tatiana Radziwill....




Well, I didn´t state she was lower ranking than these women ( although I think there´s a difference between a King´s daughter like AM of Denmark, and a daughter of a royal duke, in my opinion).
Being a bridesmaid at a royal wedding once in half a century is not what I mean with "representing the crown and country"! She was possibly chosen by Sophia at the time because she was the proper age and was linked to the greek royal dynasty by her mother; She didn´t attend because the Queen might have asked her to respresent Britain at this particular wedding.
Nowadays conciderations about which Royal attends what event depends mainly on who has the time to go and if there was a personal bond or not and not about rank and style.
Princess Alexandra had, as far as I am informed, not such a close relationship to Fabiola so why should she now, an elderly lady herself, suddenly start going on royal funerals?!
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:12 AM
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[...] As far as I can recall she never represented the family or the country at an important event abroad [...]

She has, albeit some time ago. For example, she represented the Queen when Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 1 October 1960, and opened the first Parliament on 3 October. Also undertaken royal tours , eg visits to Canada, Italy, Oman, Hungary, Norway, Japan, Thailand, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

Having said that, I think it's unlikely she would go. I think DoE, Charles or Wessexes
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:14 AM
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the video below mentions that the corpse of fabiola will remain in the castle where she died until monday, and then it will be transfered to the royal palace so that those who wish can express their condoleances. it also shows the grand duke and duchess of luxembourg and princess marie astrid leaving the castle after having paid their respects.

Décès de la reine Fabiola: l'historien Vincent Dujardin est l'invité du 19h - Vidéo - RTL Vidéos
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:34 AM
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Queen Mathilde the first nighty and yesterday we saw King Philippe in the Evening going to Stuyvenberg Castle. They spent part of the nights near their late beloved Aunt.
King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola started Philippe 's Education to be a good King.
When the Princes of Liege were so often not at home, TM were there.
There was real love between Mathilde and Fabiola.
There was no love between Fabiola and Lilian and no love between Fabiola and Paola, although a great Respect between King Albert II and Queen Fabiola.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:37 AM
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The late Queen will be transferred at the Chapel of Laeken Castle because She lived there so happy with King Baudouin from 1960 to 1993 en had 3 more years to move to Stuyvenberg castle in 1996.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:50 AM
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The domain of Laeken is really a sort of "royal campus": the Château de Laeken (Philippe & Mathilde) and the serres (glasshouses) of Laeken, the Château du Belvédère (Albert & Paola), the Château du Stuyvenberg (Fabiola), the Château Val-Duchesse and the Villa Schonenberg (Astrid & Lorenz) all are located on that large domain. I can imagine Laeken must have been 'paradise' to Queen Fabiola.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:57 AM
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Queen Mathilde the first nighty and yesterday we saw King Philippe in the Evening going to Stuyvenberg Castle. They spent part of the nights near their late beloved Aunt.
King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola started Philippe 's Education to be a good King.
When the Princes of Liege were so often not at home, TM were there.
There was real love between Mathilde and Fabiola.
There was no love between Fabiola and Lilian and no love between Fabiola and Paola, although a great Respect between King Albert II and Queen Fabiola.
I really think Philippe has lost a mother on Friday...not just a aunt. And it is really telling the fact that both Philippe and Mathilde are in a constant vigil (not just as the Regent Couple)
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:32 AM
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The domain of Laeken is really a sort of "royal campus": the Château de Laeken (Philippe & Mathilde) and the serres (glasshouses) of Laeken, the Château du Belvédère (Albert & Paola), the Château du Stuyvenberg (Fabiola), the Château Val-Duchesse and the Villa Schonenberg (Astrid & Lorenz) all are located on that large domain. I can imagine Laeken must have been 'paradise' to Queen Fabiola.
She did indeed dread leaving Laeken. The happiest years of her life were spent at Laeken. The palace itself is enormous, but Baudouin and Fabiola only kept six of it's rooms for their personal use. And even that was not private enough for them. So they built a small chalet for themselves on the Royal domain and spent as much time as possible alone there without any servants. Fabiola did all the cooking, and King Baudouin did the cleaning up. Their nephew Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia remembers visiting them at their little cabin and being astonished that the King and Queen of the Belgians, with several luxurious homes and palaces at their disposal
,preferred to live the lives of "le petit bourgeois " as Dmitri called it. (Paul Belien, "A Throne for Brussels")
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