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Old 12-12-2014, 10:32 AM
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maria-oliva...it all sounds overwhelmingly beautiful and moving. I certainly hope Cardinal Danneels was not injured or has not fallen ill.


Your description of the arrival of the frail, elegant Empress of Japan sent chills up my spine.


Thank you for a wonderfully detailed synopsis.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:36 AM
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An HQ gallery from BT: http://www.bt.dk/udland/belgien-i-so...onning-fabiola

I do not like pic #10!
I appreciate this is a public funeral but I do not like close-ups of grieving people at funerals, especially children.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:53 AM
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Unforgettable Event!
I was there at 8.00 and had a first place at the Protocole rows ; I entered with an Old Nun who knew the Queen.
At 9.00 the Belgian Nobilities , the Ambassadors , the President of the Courts and Lawyers in their toge, also Members of the Order of St Sepulchre with their white and red Toge. (?)
The Presidents of the Parliament and the Senate and our Ministers. I did not see the Lord Mayor of Antwerp.
And then started the Royal Houses , Archduchess Carl Ludwig of Habsbourg and her Children , Archduchess Rodolphe of Habsbourg with her Children. The Empress Farah , Don Duarte of Portugal, Princess Lea and Princess Marie Esmeralda, Princess Isabella of Liechtenstein, Saudi and Princes from Maroc and others.
Then the Reigning Houses , the Prince of Liechtenstein, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg , Sisters , Brothers and Children the whole Grand Ducal House was there;
The King and the Queen from Sweden , Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands , Queen Margarethe II, King Harald and his Sister Princess Astrid. They were followed by Members of their Houses wearing orders.
The old Grand Duke Jean and the former King and Queen of Spain entered a special door.

And then my first Shock, I saw an old frail Lady needing help for the steps . She entered the Cathedral in a black long dress with a little train and her hands were hidden. Is was the Empress of Japan and Everybody was bowing....

And then Cardinal Danneels and Monseigneur Leonard came at the main door and welcomed the late Queen Fabiola I heard out side the Last post and la Brabançonne.(second chock)

And the Coffin in simple clear oak entered the Church followed King Phllippe , Queen Mathilde and their Children, Kind Albert II (devastated) and Queen Paola, Princess Astrid who kissed the old Nun who was sitting behind me, her husband and Chldren and at the end Prince Laurent (not in black with sunglasses) Princess Claire in black and their 3 Children.
The coffin lays on the ground as the one of Pope Jean Paul II.

The Funeral mass started , the lectures in french and in dutch.

The intentions first Princess Elisabeth in dutch and french, Prince Gabriel in french and Dutch, Prince Amadeo in french and Dutch, Heditary Grand Duke Guillaume in German, A member of Queen Fabiola's family in Spnish and at the end sweet princess Louise in English.

The Holy Communion and ho .. third shock our Cardinal Danneels felt down...this was not seen on the cameras.

The Songs during the Communion Ave Maria , Libera me Out, Amazing Grace and the last one my fourth shock the Spanish " la salve Rociera" unforgettable !

The Dutch Will Tura : Hoop doet leven and José van Dam "la Quête " from l'homme de la Mancha / Jacques Brel.
The Brabançonne at the end and the Coffin of the late Queen went out of the Cathedral direction the Church of Laeken.

Queen Fabiola , I will never forget you and as Cardinal Danneels said in french in his people, son coeur battait avec celui de tous les belges "
Maria-Oliva,

I'm sure you will never forget this moment and I'm glad you had the chance to be a part of it.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:54 AM
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the royal family look so sad and devastated and so do the most of the gusts no surprise as Queen Fabiola was a remarkable lady.
R.I.P Queen Fabiola.
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maria-olivaYour description of the arrival of the frail, elegant Empress of Japan sent chills up my spine.
The Empress is a very elegant and special lady.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:02 AM
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jus saw the photos of Empress of Japan,it's wonderful she comes what a stunning lady.
British and Jordan didn't attend?
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:03 AM
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Maria Olivia thank you for sharing your experiences today at the Funeral for your beloved Queen Dowager.I did watch it all from the comfort of my bed and can certainly say that the Belgians gave Queen Fabiola a very beautiful and dignified funeral Mass.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:06 AM
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An HQ gallery from BT: Belgien i sorg: Afsked med Dronning Fabiola | www.bt.dk

I do not like pic #10!
I appreciate this is a public funeral but I do not like close-ups of grieving people at funerals, especially children.
It was very painful seeing little Prince Gabriel sobbing like that. Perhaps that is why some people don't bring children to funerals because it's too upsetting and intense for them.

But Fabiola was adored by the Brabants, and their children probably thought of the old queen as their grandmother.
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Merci à tous ceux qui ont contribué à l'organisation des cérémonies d'adieu à SM la Reine Fabiola

Très touchés par les nombreux témoignages de condoléances et de sympathie reçus à l’occasion du décès de SM la Reine Fabiola.

https://twitter.com/MonarchieBe/stat...79905418129408

Bedankt aan iedereen die heeft bijgedragen tot de uitvaartplechtigheden van HM Koningin Fabiola.

Diep geraakt door de vele tekens van medeleven en sympathie n.a.v. het overlijden van HM Koningin Fabiola.

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Te empress looked so frail at Queen Fabiolas funeral today. She could've not gone and Japan could've sent another representative.

But I'm so impressed by the empress choosing to go and honour Queen Fabiola.

I've always loved the Japanese royals (I was born in Japan, so my loyalties towards them) but today after watching the empress struggle to climb the stairs, I am mighty impressed!!


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Te empress looked so frail at Queen Fabiolas funeral today. She could've not gone and Japan could've sent another representative.

But I'm so impressed by the empress choosing to go and honour Queen Fabiola.

I've always loved the Japanese royals (I was born in Japan, so my loyalties towards them) but today after watching the empress struggle to climb the stairs, I am mighty impressed!!


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Old 12-12-2014, 11:30 AM
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i watched the funeral this morning , it was very touching .
the moment that made me cry was when they song salve rociera for the late queen .
i want to ask who are the spanish relatives of the queen ?
the lady who is singing with the coral ?


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Old 12-12-2014, 11:43 AM
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The Spanish song is the "Salve rociera" a song in honor of the Virgen del Rocio



The woman who read and sang was a niece of Queen Fabiola, Blanca Escrivá de Romaní, Marchioness of Ahumada
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:58 AM
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Cardinal Danneels did not fall down, he made a misstep when going from the Altar to the royal family but was -in time- helped by the clergy escorting him.
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The Spanish song is the "Salve rociera" a song in honor of the Virgen del Rocio



The woman who read and sang was a niece of Queen Fabiola, Blanca Escrivá de Romaní, Marchioness of Ahumada
I have been watching the Romería once when I was in Huelva, it was unforgettable. Muy española!

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The Spanish song is the "Salve rociera" a song in honor of the Virgen del Rocio



The woman who read and sang was a niece of Queen Fabiola, Blanca Escrivá de Romaní, Marchioness of Ahumada

lula-

I have never even heard of that song and I understand very little Spanish, but I cried while listening to it. Spirited and joyful yet reverent, exactly like Fabiola herself. And it seems perfection to send her off on her final journey with the music of her native Spain.

THANK YOU very much for the clip.
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thank you Lola for the information .
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Prince Laurent's photo is perplexing.
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