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I was wondering, is there any controversy about the amount of money that Fabiola receives in the Belgian press? Point de Vue run an article about it, even placing Fabiola on the cover (apart from Carla Bruni of course).

I have read the article. Apparently there IS quite a bit of controversy with one Flemish politician even insinuationing that Her Majesty must be funneling the $$ to her Spanish properties, since she herself lives so frugally.

There was also a mention of her "patrimony" in Royal jewelry. She has QUITE a stash! Spectacular rubies, emeralds and pearls and diamonds. She doesn't lend them because the lion's share are personal gifts from her precious late husband.

I wonder if she will agree to take a cut in her Dotation Royale?
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:24 PM
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Queen Fabiola attended the final of the Queen Elisabeth Concours this night at the Paace of the FIne Arts in Brussels. At the moment the concert is over and the finalists all will meet the Queen.
The Queen was applauded while she left her lodge btw.

A very critical audience btw, some even boo-ed a contestant who became no 5 (which they thought he did not deserve).
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:12 PM
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Belgium's Queen Fabiola (Front, R) and Count Jean-Pierre de Launoit (Front, L), chairman of the executive committee of the Queen Elisabeth competition (Front, L), pose for a family portrait with the finalists after the final of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition Singing 2008, Saturday 24 May 2008 in Brussels. Hungary's tenore Szabolcs Brickner (2ndR) won the competition. BELGA PHOTO ERIC VIDAL
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Belgium's Queen Fabiola pictured during the distribution of the prizes
of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition Singing 2008, Tuesday 27
May 2008 in Argenteuil. Hungary's tenore Szabolcs Brickner won the
competition last Saturday.

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Old 05-28-2008, 11:56 AM
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The queen looks wonderful. The older she gets the more elegant she appears. Thanks for the pictures.
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:55 AM
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NEw book about queen Fabiola

Queen-widow Fabiola is said to be boring and overly religious. The latter is true: even the pope admires her deep faith. But boring? The past years Fabiola has been more lively than ever, even a bit frivolous. In her youth she was known for her cheerfulness and lust for life. All her life she's been combining her fierce Spanish temper with a big concern for others, at times she was a feminist avant la lettre.

Fifteen years after the death of king Boudewijn she keeps on entertaining people. Her strength is the one thing she's sure of: the farewell to her beloved husband is only a temporary one.

In "Fabiola, een meisje van tachtig" many interviews with ex assistants, top politicians and other "witnesses", reveal new anecdotes and insights. The book doesn't try to hide any aspects, but mostly shows us a different Fabiola. Her personality and her life show an intriguing mixture of happiness, tragedy, seriousness and humour.

The authors:

Brigitte Balfoort, a journalist who works for VTM's "Royalty". She's also the co-author of books on king Albert II, European royal houses and crownprince Philippe.

Joris De Voogt is a journalist and teacher.

An edition of Van Halewyck, ISBN ISBN: 9789056178734
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Soon in less than 10 days, Her Majesty is going to turn 80!A great milestone!I hope there will be a great celebration for her in Belgium or at least some new official photos released.
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:43 AM
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NEw book about queen Fabiola

Queen-widow Fabiola is said to be boring and overly religious. The latter is true: even the pope admires her deep faith. But boring? The past years Fabiola has been more lively than ever, even a bit frivolous. In her youth she was known for her cheerfulness and lust for life. All her life she's been combining her fierce Spanish temper with a big concern for others, at times she was a feminist avant la lettre.

Fifteen years after the death of king Boudewijn she keeps on entertaining people. Her strength is the one thing she's sure of: the farewell to her beloved husband is only a temporary one.

In "Fabiola, een meisje van tachtig" many interviews with ex assistants, top politicians and other "witnesses", reveal new anecdotes and insights. The book doesn't try to hide any aspects, but mostly shows us a different Fabiola. Her personality and her life show an intriguing mixture of happiness, tragedy, seriousness and humour.

The authors:

Brigitte Balfoort, a journalist who works for VTM's "Royalty". She's also the co-author of books on king Albert II, European royal houses and crownprince Philippe.

Joris De Voogt is a journalist and teacher.

An edition of Van Halewyck, ISBN ISBN: 9789056178734
.:: Van Halewyck [ home ] ::.

Stephanie, do you know if this book is written in French as well as Dutch? I cannot read Dutch but I can read French and would love to see it.

I suspect that the people who called HM "boring" probably don't know her well. In Guy Michelland's book "Fabiola La Reine Blanche" she is described as a witty, almost madcap personality. When guests came to Laeken she would be yacking it up so much that Baudouin would interject "Darling! Let's let our friends breathe for a minute!" (This is from Paul Belien's book " A Throne for Brussels" .) A financier once came to Laeken for an appointment with the King and was startled to see Baudouin and Fabiola chasing one another through the Palace like children. I can't picture the dignified King and Queen acting like that but there you go.

Also her nephew Prince Serge of Yugoslavia said she had a crazy madcap sense of humor and was interested in everything.She would pack up picnic lunches for all of them and send them into the woods surrounding Ciergnan Castle in the Ardennes. He did also say that she was extremely devout and almost worshipped Baudouin but so what? He was her husband. She is also profoundly intelligent and can speak seven languages fluently, including Flemish which she learned during the early years of her marriage.

About a year or so ago somebody posted youtube video of Fabiola dancing to some rock music with some youngsters...and old lady of 79! That doesn't sound like a boring person to me LOL!
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Pics 3.7.2008

Queen Fabiola attends the Ommegang Oppidi Bruxellensis, a
historical parade, on the Grand Place/Grote Markt, in Brussels,
03 July 2008

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Old 07-04-2008, 04:04 AM
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I suppose she was expecting rain... Still there are other ways to protect you from it than covering yourself all in plastic. Good to see that she has been so active recently, and considering her interest in history it is very appropriate that she attended this event, she can appreciate it no doubt (I remember a young Paola almost falling asleep when she had to watch traditional games at the Grote Markt).
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Well, it shows what a practical person she is
Here are some more pics where you can also see more of the
lovely traditional costumes young Paola once found so boring

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Old 07-06-2008, 05:23 AM
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Nice pictures! It is really nice to see the queen solately actively!
She has a specific taste of clothes, it is really funny with the plastic jacket!
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Only Queen Fabiola could cover herself in plastic and still look so elegant and queenly...how funny!
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The Belgian Mail has released 3 special stamps on the occassion of Queen Fabiola's 80th birthday on June 11 2008.

Look for the stamps here.
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What a great, great couple. I am still hoping that someday there will be a book written about them in English.
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VRT will air the documentary "De dood van Boudewijn" again on the 21st of July on Canvas.
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The Spanish city Motril dedicates a music festival to King Boudewijn, Motril is the city where king Boudewijn fifteen years ago unexpectedly died. Queen Fabiola will be present from the 28th of august until 11 September. The festival takes place in the large church of Motril and is an homage to king Boudewijn.
The festival concludes with the implementation of ' Kroningsmis' of Mozart on 7 September, the birth day of king Boudewijn. Also the Spanish queen Sofia is expected on the festival. (belga/gb)
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I think Queen Fabiola is an example of life for all the royal houses.I admire her for being a good person and very religious.She and her husband formed a perfect couple sharing the same opinions about a way of living.Nowadays there are few people like them .I think they are marvellous.
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