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Old 08-22-2016, 01:17 PM
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Reminds me of English ones that always pop up on facebook. Always 'learn the secret they have kept from......' hinting at divorce or such to get people to click then its ad claiming celeb used weight loss. Everyone from Kate (who made QEII angry by revealing how she lost baby weight ) to Dr Phil's wife and many in between.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:41 AM
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The Kings with their children holidays in Italy!!! They have been in the Natural Park of the Maritime Alps and the Gesso Valley in the Piedmont region (where is Turin)

Look Elizabeth!!!
https://66.media.tumblr.com/802c5101...20wo3_1280.jpg
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The Kings with their children holidays in Italy!!! They have been in the Natural Park of the Maritime Alps and the Gesso Valley in the Piedmont region (where is Turin)

Look Elizabeth!!!
Yes, she is getting really tall, which is not surprising given her family genes.
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:23 AM
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Indeed wow! Even though the floor is sloping which makes it easier for her to be taller than usual, she really grew up a lot since Belgium National Day. It's wonderfull to see the younger royals become teens, I think it's the transition that we see more diferences growing up.
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The Kings with their children holidays in Italy!!! They have been in the Natural Park of the Maritime Alps and the Gesso Valley in the Piedmont region (where is Turin)

Look Elizabeth!!!
https://66.media.tumblr.com/802c5101...20wo3_1280.jpg
https://67.media.tumblr.com/0b12116a...20wo1_1280.jpg
https://67.media.tumblr.com/a962ed64...20wo2_1280.jpg
I didn't even recognize her at first!
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:49 PM
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Thanks for the photos!
The family seems to enjoy a mountain holiday. Queen Mathilde looked relaxed and comfortable.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:16 PM
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... Queen Mathilde looked relaxed and comfortable.
and make-up free! Feels so good...
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:05 PM
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Elisabeth must be like 5'9 by now teenage-hood has hit her really big this year
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:18 AM
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King Philippe with Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel in Open Bedrijvendag! The first Sunday in October, a festival is to showcase the best of companies in the Flemish region of Belgium.

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Emmanuel as always super curious and asking lots of questions
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The children of King Philippe are the first ones ever in the Belgian royal family to be completely at ease in Dutch. The future Queen (Princess Elisabeth) even needed remedial teaching on French language! That is smart policy: approximately 60% of the Belgians speak Dutch, 38% speaks French and 2% speaks German or another language.

You can see from the body language that the royals are completely natural in conversating with the people on this Open Bedrijvendag in the Dutchspeaking part of Belgium.

From what I understood, all children of the royal couple go to Dutch speaking schools. At home French is the conversation language. In this way the royal couple hope to raise their children perfectly bilingual.
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Elisabeth looks so grown up ! I predict she will be a very attractive young woman.
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Princes Philippe and Laurent went to a Dutch Boarding School near Bruges.
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Emmanuel as always super curious and asking lots of questions
He seems very interested about planes/helicopters and flight in general. I hope he will join the army and become a pilot just like his father when the time will come. It would be a smart move to balance the role within the royal family and the fact that he won't receive an allowance from it. He will be serving his country after all.
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Princes Philippe and Laurent went to a Dutch Boarding School near Bruges.

Yes, but the basic language is formed in the childhood years. Until his 15th year the King went to the French-speaking Collège Saint-Michel in Brussels, followed by a short period in a Dutch-speaking boarding school. After this he went to the (then predominantly French-speaking) Ecole Royale Militaire in Brussels.

King Philippe and Prince Laurent speak better Dutch than any of the Belgian royals before them, but you can hear it is not their native tongue. No problem. The children of the King will probably speak accentless Dutch.
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Here are some more pics from today:



** belga gallery ** lavenir.net gallery ** focus-wtv.be gallery **


** hln.be: Prins Emmanuel en prinses Elisabeth leren drone besturen ** translation **
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Yes, but the basic language is formed in the childhood years. Until his 15th year the King went to the French-speaking Collège Saint-Michel in Brussels, followed by a short period in a Dutch-speaking boarding school. After this he went to the (then predominantly French-speaking) Ecole Royale Militaire in Brussels.

King Philippe and Prince Laurent speak better Dutch than any of the Belgian royals before them, but you can hear it is not their native tongue. No problem. The children of the King will probably speak accentless Dutch.
What I hear from the Belgians is that Philippe's Dutch was rather poor when he was younger, but it has improved significantly especially since he became king.
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Elisabeth must be like 5'9 by now teenage-hood has hit her really big this year
Yes it has. She will be a tall woman one day.

On a side note, I can't help but notice that she's dressed just like my 16 year old daughter from head to toe. Love that her parents have given her the opportunity to dress like any other teenage girl for these casual events.
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King Philippe has purchased a Mercedes S600 Guard à € 400.000,-- There are a lot of (negative) reactions on that (see article), but that is unfair. The King is not extraordinary in this purchase. In neighbouring Netherlands both King Willem-Alexander and Princess Beatrix have an Audi A8 W12 for € 600.000,-- each. (The bigger prize tag is because these two Audi's are extended in length).

The new Mercedes of King Philippe: picture

The Audi of King Willem-Alexander: picture
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:42 PM
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King Philippe has purchased a Mercedes S600 Guard à € 400.000,-- There are a lot of (negative) reactions on that (see article), but that is unfair. The King is not extraordinary in this purchase. In neighbouring Netherlands both King Willem-Alexander and Princess Beatrix have an Audi A8 W12 for € 600.000,-- each. (The bigger prize tag is because these two Audi's are extended in length).

The new Mercedes of King Philippe: picture

The Audi of King Willem-Alexander: picture
Is that a private purchase or royal transport paid for by the King's public grant ?
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