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Old 07-08-2013, 09:10 AM
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Pre-Abdication Events - July 2013

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Prior to the abdication on July 21 the following events are planned


July 8th
King Albert, Queen Paola, Crown Princess Mathilde and Crown Prince Philippe will receive the members of the comity for institutional reforms in Brussels

July 10th
Reception for the Prime Ministers of the reign of King Albert

July 12th
Reception for the Minister-Presidents of the Regions and Communities

July 15th
Reception for the Members of the Government

July 16th
King Albert and Queen Paola will attend the inauguration of busts of the monarchs, followed by a reception at the Senate in Brussels

July 16th
King Albert and Queen Paola will receive the current and former Presidents of the House and Senate on the occasion of the presentation of a gift to the King

July 17th
King Albert and Queen Paola will visit Ghent

July 18th
King Albert and Queen Paola will visit Eupen

July 19th
King Albert and Queen Paola will visit Liège

July 20th
The Royal Family will attend the concert "Prelude to National Day" at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels

July 20th
King Albert, Queen Paola, Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde will attend the "Ball National" in Brussels


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Today, July 8, King Albert, Queen Paola, Crown Princess Mathilde and Crown Prince Philippe attended a reception at the Royal Castle in Laeken, Brussels for the members of the comity for institutional reforms.



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** lesoir.be gallery and video ** nieuwsblad.be article and vide: ‘Altijd veel over staatshervorming gesproken’ ** translation **
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:48 PM
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Another gallery by DutchPhotoPress

King Albert, Queen Paola, Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde audiences 20th reigning jubilee King - Dutch Photo Press
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:07 PM
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Philippe looks radiant, there's no other word to describe how incredibly happy he looks, I think the last time I saw him looking like that was when Elisabeth was born.

Albert also looks happy, he knows the kingdom will be in good hands and feels happy that he can see his son as King.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:36 AM
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they both look extremely happy. what a great smile for King Albert. and that's exactly what i like the most about abdications. There are no tears because one has to replace a dead sovereign, instead is a joyful occasion to celebrate and renew the bond between the royal family and the nation.
People always complaints about supposedly insecurities from Philippe, but I finally see a man sure of himself and ready to prove his nation of his capabilities.
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Will there be an interview with Prince Phillipe like they did in the Netherlands?
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Today, July 10, King Albert, Queen Paola, Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde have received the Prime Ministers of the reign of King Albert for a meeting at the Royal Castle in Laeken.



** belga gallery ** apa/picturedesk gallery ** daylife ** gettyimages **


** King Albert II Meets with Former Prime Ministers ** ppe gallery **


** deredactie.be: Albert en Filip dineren met de laatste vijf premiers **


** lavenir.net: Le roi Albert II prend congé de ses anciens Premiers ministres **


** dpp gallery: King Albert, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde receive former prime ministers **
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(From L) Walloon Minister President Rudy Demotte (PS), Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, Queen Paola of Belgium, King Albert II of Belgium, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, Princess Mathilde of Belgium, German Community Minister President Karl-Heinz Lambertz (SP) and Brussels region Minister-President Rudi Vervoort (PS) pose on July 12, 2013 prior to a reception for the Minister-Presidents of the regions and communities during the reign of King Albert II of Belgium, held at the royal castle in Laeken - Laken, Brussels.

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How lovely Mathilde once more looked today!


Here are some more pics:



** ppe gallery ** gettyimages **
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Today, July 15, a reception for the members of the Government has taken place at the Royal Palace:



** belga gallery ** daylife ** apa/picturedesk ** gettyimages **


** standaard.be: Di Rupo I geeft koning Albert telelens cadeau ** translation **


** nieuwsblad.be: Ministers geven koning Albert telelens als afscheidscadeau ** translation **
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Today, July 15, a reception for the members of the Government has taken place at the Royal Palace:

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Article and a group picture from lavenir.net (the translation)
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They gave Albert a camera.
Perfect gift for his retirement.
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They gave Albert a camera.
Perfect gift for his retirement.
perfect gift since he's a bird watcher and likes taking pictures of nature
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: King Albert II of Belgium, Queen Paola of Belgium and Chamber chairman Andre Flahaut pictured during the inauguration of sculptures of the King and the Queen at the senate in the federal parliament in Brussels, Tuesday 16 July 2013.

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Here are some more pics of the inauguration:



** nieuwsblad.be: Borstbeelden koningspaar onthuld **


** lavenir.net: Albert II et Paola découvrent leurs bustes au Sénat **



Following the ceremony at the senate, King Albert, Queen Paola and Crown Prince Philippe received the current and former Presidents of the House and Senate at the Royal Palace in Brussels today, July 16, 2013.



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** apa/picturedesk gallery - July 16 ** daylife - July 16 **
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King Albert and Queen Paola visited Gent today, July 17. They visited the City Hall, the STAM-Museum and the new soccer stadium of KAA Gent.




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** belga gallery ** apa/picturedesk ** gettyimages **


** lesoir.be gallery: Le roi Albert et la reine Paola à Gand **


** nieuwsblad.be gallery: Koning Albert II is een Buffalo **


** nieuwsblad.be gallery: FOTO. Koningspaar op bezoek in Gent **


** knack.be gallery: In beeld: koning Albert en koningin Paola laatste keer in Vlaanderen **
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July 18th - King Albert and Queen Paola will visit Eupen

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July 19th King Albert and Queen Paola will visit Liège

lacapitale.be article, picture & video ** (translation)

Belga picture gallery ** lesoir.be picture gallery ** standaard.be picture gallery & article
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I find it interesting to see the differences between the Belgian and Dutch abdication-events.
The Belgian K&Q seem to hold a large goodbye-tour, which p. Beatrix didn't do. Instead W-A&M held a 'hello-tour'. I have not seen any plans of F&M doing something like that. Have I missed or are they planning something different/or nothing at all?
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