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Old 05-19-2009, 10:14 AM
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For Queen Paola, why not HM the Queen Mother of Belgium? However, no belgian Queens have been Queen Dowager or Queen Mother, but only HM Queen X of Belgium...so why would they change the title for the widow or mother of the King?
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The day King Albert dies (I hope not yet), Mathilde is Queen and Paola Dowager..
And if Fabiola is still alive Belgium will have 3 Queens.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:57 AM
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Albert Ier wife Elisabeth was Queen Elisabeth never the Queen Mother.
I think in GB they had to do that because both had the same surname.
Queen Ingrid was never Queen Mother of Danemark. Frederika never for Grece.
What I never understood is that Queen Juliana after her abdication was Princess Juliana.
Did her mother do the same ??
I am sure we will never have Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix..
GB had 3 Queens , Queen Mary, Queen Elisabeth the Queen Mother and Queen Elisabeth II.
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:12 PM
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Also Queen Wilhelmina took the title of Princess, because two "full rights" Queens (=not Queens consort) cannot exist at the same time in the same country.
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It's strange that they do this in the Netherlands, but Leopold III always remained King, even when his son had succeeded him as ruling monarch. As usual, the rules are different for women, I suppose...

I think there is no easy translation of the word Dowager in Dutch or French, and this is also why we do not use such terms. All I get is "douairière", don't know how much it is actually used in French, but certainly never heard it in Dutch (maybe thaty's just me, though). And all our Queen-consorts have different names, so there's no reason to start using terms like "Queen Mother" or "Dowager Queen". I believe in Britain it was indeed because the two women had the same name. Besides, the term "Queen Mother" is basically patented by Elizabeth.

Though I understand it's kind of strange, I really don't understand the fuss about possibly having 3 Queen-consorts. There's no reason to take that (honorary) title away from them just because their husbands die.
Furthermore, Belgium has already lived through a time when the country had three "Queens", even though one of them never used the title: Queen Elisabeth, Princess Lilian and Queen Fabiola.
You may question putting Princess Lilian in this list as much as you want, but she was the undisputed First Lady of Belgium until Fabiola arrived, married to the ruling King (during the time he did rule anyway) and therefore technically Queen.

It's much more confusing we had King Leopold and King Boudewijn at the same time.

Anyway, back on topic, does anyone have an idea why Prince Laurent didn't attend? He wasn't scheduled to, either, according to the website of the RF.
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"La douairière" is still used in France in old noble families, in Belgium I don't know.
For Prince Laurent I heard they were in Ostend with the Priest Guy Gilbert ??
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Here's an additional gallery with great pics from zimbio:

International Prize King Baudouin for Development

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended as well, but
what I liked best was to see Queen Fabiola back in the
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It is nice to see the whole royal family undertaking an engagements and Queen Fabiola making one more public appearance. By the way, Prince Laurent did not attend. Was there any particular reason for doing so?
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Maybe Prince Laurent attended the funeral of his uncle and godfather, Baron Bettino Ricasoli Firidolfi, that took place yesterday in Forence...but my is only an hypothesis.

I've noticed that Queen Fabiola uses to wear gloves also while eating, in these days; I wonder why...
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I've noticed that Queen Fabiola uses to wear gloves also while eating, in these days; I wonder why...
Surely as a result of all what lays behind her, the medical treatment
and so on.. and those wounds need more time to heal at that age..

Here are a few more nice close ups of the family members during
the prize ceremony:

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 **
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I've noticed that Queen Fabiola uses to wear gloves also while eating, in these days; I wonder why...
Might also be because she suffers from arthritis. Maybe wearing gloves keeps her hands warmer and thus less painful? Could be so many reasons...

Thank you for the close-ups, iceflower! I thought especially Astrid's is a really nice picture.
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Nice to see them all together again, dispite some ghastly outfits. I wish princess Mathilde for once would buy clothes at another place than Natan, most of his clothes make her look older than she is!

Any idea why Laurent stopped attending family events?
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Also Queen Wilhelmina took the title of Princess, because two "full rights" Queens (=not Queens consort) cannot exist at the same time in the same country.
Well, two grand dukes do exist in Luxembourg:
HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and
HRH Grand DUke Jean of Luxembourg.

Like in Belgium:
HM the Queen and
HM Queen Fabiola.

This could and can be done in the Netherlands too but it is unlikely that Beatrix will start. She already has somewhat haughty reputation, so clinging on to the title 'queen' after an abdication after her mother and grand mother did not, will only strenghten that.

Queen Wilhelmina explained in her autobiography that she liked the idea that she arrived and left this earth with the same title, princess of the Netherlands. Further more, Wilhelmina was always a woman of black and whites, so after her abdication she declared that to the constitution she was dead, so to keep calling herself queen was odd. She even went so far to throw a security guard out of her car on the highway, when she drove home from Amsterdam to Apeldoorn after Juliana was enthroned.
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The posts about the Belgian royals attending the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition have been moved to this thread, that deals with the annual event.
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Surely as a result of all what lays behind her, the medical treatment
and so on.. and those wounds need more time to heal at that age..

Here are a few more nice close ups of the family members during
the prize ceremony:

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 **
Princess Mathilde looks lovely
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There are elections in Belgium today and so also the royal famaly went to vote.

Prince Lorenz, princess Asrid, Princess Maria Laura and prince Amedeo
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Prince Laurent and princess Claire
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It is nice to see Amedao and Maria Laura again!
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What about the King, the Queen and Queen Fabiola?
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