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Old 05-29-2014, 12:45 PM
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Were Queen Matilda or Princess Astrid present,I didn't see them in the above photo's.
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I am not a big follower of the Belgian Royals but I know that Laurent was in hospital recently. Having seen these photos of the family arriving I saw Claire was not walking with Laurent and she did not leave with him. Are they together any more?
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When did Princess Elizabeth and Prince Gabriel celebrate their first ccommunion? I don't remember seeing pictures.

Lovely images of the family, Aymeric and Nicolas seem like sweet boys.
they received their first communion some time ago. They celebrated it in Ciergnon in the private Castle Chapel. It was a private family affair and it wasn't released any picture.
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Were Queen Matilda or Princess Astrid present,I didn't see them in the above photo's.
Mathilde participated at the fifth edition of the 1000 km cycling for 'Kom op tegen Kanker' event from Mechelen.

Astrid and Lorenz were in Aken, Germany . They attended the pice cermony of the International Charlemagne Prize to Herman Van Rompuy.
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Were Queen Matilda or Princess Astrid present,I didn't see them in the above photo's.

None of them was present. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were in Germany to attend the award ceremony of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen 2014 that has this year been given to the (Belgian) President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Queen Mathilde had an engagement for the fight against cancer in Mechelen.


Some more pics from today's celebration can be found here:



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


** 7sur7.be: Communion des princes Aymeric et Nicolas **


** dhnet.be: EN IMAGES: Communion des princes Aymeric et Nicolas **
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Princes Nicholas and Aymeric took their holy communion today in Chaumont-Gistoux.

Zonen van prins Laurent doen vandaag hun communie

Among those present: K. Albert II, Q. Paola, K. Philippe + children, Pss M. Astrid of Luxembourg and the Duke and Duchess of Castro + daughters.

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It's the year and season for First Communions! Congratulations to the twins on this milestone.
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My Goodness how time flies!! Congratulations to the Twins on this Milestone.
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Here's another great gallery of the twins' first communion:



** pp: Laurent de Belgique amaigri, Claire rayonnante pour la communion des jumeaux **
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Is there a family connection with the the Duke and Duchess of Castro or are they just close friends with the Belgian RF?
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There's no particular connection between the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and the Belgian Royal House. It may partly be explained by the fact of the Duke of Castro and King Philippe being of the same generation (born 1963 and 1960 respectively). The Duke has often surprised us with his previously unknown and diverse close personal relationships across the Gotha, both Protestant and Roman Catholic.
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There's no particular connection between the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and the Belgian Royal House. It may partly be explained by the fact of the Duke of Castro and King Philippe being of the same generation (born 1963 and 1960 respectively). The Duke has often surprised us with his previously unknown and diverse close personal relationships across the Gotha, both Protestant and Roman Catholic.
do we know who the twins godparents are? it is tradition to invite the child's godparents to their communion, even if there's no particular role for him during the ceremony. I thought perhaps the Dukes of Castro maybe the twins godparents. Their girls seems to be friends with Louise to be just family acquaintances.
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Congratulations to the princes Nicolas and Aymeric!
They are two handsome boys
Also, their big sister princess Louise is so growing up.
And ,king Philippe's two boys and two girls are sooooo lovely.
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According to magazine Humo, the Belgian RF has been connected to a religious sect for decades.

"Koning Boudewijn was verbonden aan religieuze sekte" - HLN.be

The magazine that Baudouin, Fabiola, Abert, Paola, Philippe and Mathilde were/are all members. Laurent was not, and he paid the price for it.

Leaders of the British branch of the sect were cardinal Suenens and sister Veronica O'Brian (both are supposed to have coupled B & F).
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The Royal Family inaugurated the King Albert II exibition on the occasion of King Albert's 80th birthday in Brussels, today, June 7:



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 **


** belga gallery ** apa/picturedesk **


** lavenir.net gallery: La famille royale célèbre les 80 ans du roi Albert II au musée BELvue **


** standaard.be gallery: Ook kleinkinderen van de partij voor verjaardag koning Albert ** standaard.be video **


** dhnet.be gallery: La famille royale fête les 80 ans du roi Albert II ** dhnet.be video ** gettyimages gallery **
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According to magazine Humo, the Belgian RF has been connected to a religious sect for decades.

"Koning Boudewijn was verbonden aan religieuze sekte" - HLN.be

The magazine that Baudouin, Fabiola, Abert, Paola, Philippe and Mathilde were/are all members. Laurent was not, and he paid the price for it.

Leaders of the British branch of the sect were cardinal Suenens and sister Veronica O'Brian (both are supposed to have coupled B & F).

The Charismatic Renewal is a religious movement within the Catholic Church, that sometimes practices worship outside the Mass and encourages people to talk directly to Jesus and to invoke the Holy Spirit. their rites may be perceived from the outside as a sect, because through the years has received some criticism from the most conservative wing of the church, but it's in communion with the Pope.
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According to magazine Humo, the Belgian RF has been connected to a religious sect for decades.

"Koning Boudewijn was verbonden aan religieuze sekte" - HLN.be

The magazine that Baudouin, Fabiola, Abert, Paola, Philippe and Mathilde were/are all members. Laurent was not, and he paid the price for it.

Leaders of the British branch of the sect were cardinal Suenens and sister Veronica O'Brian (both are supposed to have coupled B & F).
Sr Veronica O’Brien (1905 – 1998) was Irish & joined the Convent of St Clotilde in London and later was a leading figure in the Belgian Charismatic Renewal.Must see if I can find any links with her & the Belgian RF.
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The Belvue Museum has on his walls the 5 Kings and too day it was the Inauguration of our six th King Alert II of the Belgians.
People who attend the Inauguration said that the two Kings shake hands .. and even the grandchildren shake hands with their grandfather.
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The Royal Family inaugurated the King Albert II exibition on the occasion of King Albert's 80th birthday in Brussels, today, June 7:
Some witnesses at the entrance of the museum said that at their arrival the two kings and their families just shook formally their hands, even with the grandchildren. Queen Paola instead, avoided everyone and entered the building immediately.
One of the woman who talked to the journalists said, you can watch it in the francophone video, "It's a pity the children of Philippe shake the hand of their grandfather, as if he was just the king for them and not their grandad"
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Some witnesses at the entrance of the museum said that at their arrival the two kings and their families just shook formally their hands, even with the grandchildren. Queen Paola instead, avoided everyone and entered the building immediately.
One of the woman who talked to the journalists said, you can watch it in the francophone video, "It's a pity the children of Philippe shake the hand of their grandfather, as if he was just the king for them and not their grandad"
It's a testament of how damaged the family truly is, you see the King and his siblings are somewhat close and came for Laurent in his hour of need but both him and Philippe tend to stay clear of their parents as much as possible, which is not hard because they only seem to appear to cause trouble, I don't honestly see them as the kind of grandparents who would stop at Laeken just to see the little ones and it is sad, because they are missing on a lot of good things and maybe the kids would feel a bit rejected since their grandparents aren't making an effort to be closer to them, who knows
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