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Old 12-13-2014, 03:33 PM
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I doubt whether the crowned heads who had to wait for their cars in a majestic Cathedral during a storm outside were upset about lack of organization nor were they embarrassed. Most of them were there out of respect and affection for the late queen.
The crowned heads who had to wait for their cars during a storm outside, maybe, weren't upset about lack of organization.
But soldiers who had to stand at attention and saluted 10 min during a storm outside WERE UPSET
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:35 PM
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To the best of my knowledge, neither Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna nor Grand Georgi attended the funeral.
Grand Duke George was sitting next to King Fouad of Egypt.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:37 PM
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Perhaps Spheno, but I doubt it. Enlisted service personnel-soldiers-are trained to persevere in conditions much more harrowing than having to maintain a salute during a rainstorm.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:46 PM
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Not sure if these have been posted further back in this thread. GD Henri and Mt and Queen Mathilde and King Carl Gustav making a special effort to talk with Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Its just
nice to see the warmth and respect among the European royals.


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Old 12-13-2014, 03:54 PM
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Moonmaiden,
The King had to wait in his car too for the Departures for the Church of Laeken . They had to wait the whole Luxembourg and the Spanish relatives going to their busses.

Afterwards the Royals who attended the Dinner went out ! They stayed in the Cathedral waiting.. This should not have happen
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Moonmaiden,
The King had to wait in his car too for the Departures for the Church of Laeken . They had to wait the whole Luxembourg and the Spanish relatives going to their busses.

Afterwards the Royals who attended the Dinner went out ! They stayed in the Cathedral waiting.. This should not have happen

I agree with you, it should not have. But it was still a lovely and moving ceremony very worthy of Queen Fabiola. And I am happy that you were there because you cared a lot for her.

If I could have gone to Brussels I would have gone too. Fabiola was an amazing woman and I will miss her.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:19 PM
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Many thanks to whoever took the time and trouble to type out the long speech from a member of staff at the funeral.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:20 PM
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The King had to wait in his car too for the Departures for the Church of Laeken . They had to wait the whole Luxembourg and the Spanish relatives going to their busses.

Afterwards the Royals who attended the Dinner went out ! They stayed in the Cathedral waiting.. This should not have happen
Maria Olivia did you get to see any of the royal guests or were you seated with the nobility?
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:31 PM
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that was moving Funeral for lovely lay.
May she rest in peace.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:45 PM
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Grand Duke George was sitting next to King Fouad of Egypt.
Thanks for the information!
It was of the Russian Imperial house to attend.
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I think also Jordan and the rest of Gulf royalty didn't attend expect SA who send a prince to represent.
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:06 PM
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Many thanks to whoever took the time and trouble to type out the long speech from a member of staff at the funeral.
My pleasure. Everyone who had the chance to know -personally or not- Queen Fabiola knew what a great and charitable lady she was. She was maybe not the most glamourish queen (I agree Q. Paola is much more beautiful) but she was a real lady, with her heart on the right spot. She will be greatly missed.
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:35 PM
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In Dutch tv-show "Blauw Bloed" there was a very nice clip of the funeral and an interview with royalty reporter Marlene de Wouters who had met and spoke with Q.Fabiola quite a few times.
She stated that the funeral was done completely according to Q.Fabiola's wishes and in her style ( for instance with the coffin being on the ground, or "back to earth" as it were).
She also mentioned a lovely personal anecdote of having had a little chat with Q.Fabiola some years ago and Ms de Wouters had noticed the very beautiful walking cane Q.Fabiola used. They talked about that and Ms de Wouters had mentioned to the queen that she was looking for a cane for her father, but that it was difficult to find a suitable one. At the end of the chat the queen had asked her for her address.
Three days later a aide of the queen approached Ms de Wouters with a parcel; and in it was a walking cane that Q.Fabiola had received from her husband K.Boudewijn, wrapped in the original wrapping.
When Ms de Wouters later met the queen again and thanked her for her wonderful gift, Q.Fabiola said that it's was quite okay and not a big deal, but she told her "please tell your father, it is also very useful to get the cobwebs out of the curtains"

Thought i'd share, i thought it was a sweet anecdote
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:24 PM
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In Dutch tv-show "Blauw Bloed" there was a very nice clip of the funeral and an interview with royalty reporter Marlene de Wouters who had met and spoke with Q.Fabiola quite a few times.
She stated that the funeral was done completely according to Q.Fabiola's wishes and in her style ( for instance with the coffin being on the ground, or "back to earth" as it were).
She also mentioned a lovely personal anecdote of having had a little chat with Q.Fabiola some years ago and Ms de Wouters had noticed the very beautiful walking cane Q.Fabiola used. They talked about that and Ms de Wouters had mentioned to the queen that she was looking for a cane for her father, but that it was difficult to find a suitable one. At the end of the chat the queen had asked her for her address.
Three days later a aide of the queen approached Ms de Wouters with a parcel; and in it was a walking cane that Q.Fabiola had received from her husband K.Boudewijn, wrapped in the original wrapping.
When Ms de Wouters later met the queen again and thanked her for her wonderful gift, Q.Fabiola said that it's was quite okay and not a big deal, but she told her "please tell your father, it is also very useful to get the cobwebs out of the curtains"

Thought i'd share, i thought it was a sweet anecdote
Thank you a lot for the anecdote coming from her, it doesn't surprise me at all
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:29 PM
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It's a lovely anecdote that's classic Fabiola. But I wonder why on earth Baudouin would give his wife a cane as a gift?? She was only 65 when he passed away and was still perfectly mobile and fit. Maybe she was already manifesting signs of the osteoporosis that would plague her later in life?

It's also interesting that she never took it out of the wrapper!
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It's a lovely anecdote that's classic Fabiola. But I wonder why on earth Baudouin would give his wife a cane as a gift?? She was only 65 when he passed away and was still perfectly mobile and fit. Maybe she was already manifesting signs of the osteoporosis that would plague her later in life?

It's also interesting that she never took it out of the wrapper!
On her 60th birthday she said she complained about getting old and King Baudouin was cheering her up. Maybe he gave her the cane as a joke?
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On her 60th birthday she said she complained about getting old and King Baudouin was cheering her up. Maybe he gave her the cane as a joke?
LOL..I love it! What fun-thanks Blue
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:16 PM
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Prince Laurent's photo is perplexing.
His daughter had been speaking and he was giving her the thumbs up that she had done well.
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The video you paste was only a part of the speech, I translated the rest too.
I have to improve my english, I know, but I hope you can still understand it




I remember her saying "mais c'est phénomenal". But I didn't know it was her favorite expression.
Bleh, I feel so sad...

And my sincere condolences for the loss of your friend, Tiggersk8 I'll say a prayer for him and his close ones and you.

Thanks for your hard work in translating it for us. What an amazing Lady she was.

Thank you as well for the Condolences.


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Not sure if these have been posted further back in this thread. GD Henri and Mt and Queen Mathilde and King Carl Gustav making a special effort to talk with Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Its just
nice to see the warmth and respect among the European royals.


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Thanks dbarn67...these photos are so moving.

Fabiola wore Baudouin's wedding ring and even his wristwatch for years. She also wore a beautiful image of her late husband around her neck. Have any of the Belgian posters heard if the queen was buried with these keepsakes, or did she leave them with family members?
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