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samitude 03-25-2003 05:22 PM

Prince Laurent of Belgium & Claire Coombs 2003
3/25/03, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM --- Prince Laurent and Miss Claire Cooms sign their wedding registration at Brussels city hall.


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samitude 03-31-2003 04:39 PM

So far the guests that have been confirmed for the April 12th wedding of Laurent and Claire are the following: Victoria and Madeline of Sweden, Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg. There's a possibility of the attendance of Prince Jean, Princess Marie-Astrid and Princess Margaretha.

Thank you to Netty Liestra for this information.

Julia 04-05-2003 02:53 PM

Thank you, Sylvia for the info! :)

samitude 04-05-2003 11:05 PM

You're welcome. Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma and Inaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma attending as well as Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien and Princess Margriet and Pieter Von Vollenhoven.

samitude 04-10-2003 01:02 PM

The following bridesmaids will attend Prince Laurent and Miss Claire Coombs during the wedding ceremonies on 12 April 2003 :

- Princess Luisa Maria, daughter of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, niece of Prince Laurent,

- Miss Emma Grant, daughter of Mr and Mrs Steve Grant, niece of Miss Coombs,

- and Miss Clothilde de Meulenaere, daughter of a friend of Prince Laurent.

Also, the Duke and Duchess of Palma have been removed from the guest list.

samitude 04-12-2003 09:58 AM

Here are some links to some TV stills of the wedding.

Civil Ceremony

The Religious Ceremony

The Official Photos

Here are some photos from All Over Press.

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Mandy 04-12-2003 12:40 PM

Hi Samitude!

Nice picture! Good work! Hope they stay happy! :heart: :clap:

sourpuss 04-12-2003 01:45 PM

The bride seemed more at ease on her special day than the groom. He seemed so ill at ease but when he was crying, I thought that was very cute. My only complaint: he should have ditched those glasses. They make him look soooo sinister!

Julia 04-12-2003 02:50 PM

Thank you, Svlvia! :flower:

I agree that Claire (now Princess Claire) looked very much at ease and that Laurent looked nervous.

Claire looked very sweet in her gown, veil and tiara. I am working on some more photos, so stay tuned! ;)

Julia 04-12-2003 02:56 PM

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All photo credits to Corbis

From the civil ceremony....Claire signing official documents....

A very happy looking Princess Claire of Belgium....

A very happy Princess Claire and Prince Laurent....

Looking on with pride....

a view of the veil....

Claire and her father...

Claire and Laurent....

During the religious ceremony....very happy.....

Very touching and sweet!!! Laurent crying and Claire almost looking like a saint.

a very sweet and personal moment for the bride and groom....

Alexandria 04-12-2003 03:07 PM

What great pictures, Julia! Thanks for posting them. A most beauitful bride and such an elegant bridal gown and veil. Such a shame those watermarks from Corbis, though.

Julia 04-12-2003 03:13 PM

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a lovely bride....

From Hello! Magazine...

The gown: Although details of the bridal gown have been kept top secret, royal watchers believe the dress will be created by Edouard Vermeulen. The prestigious designer was responsible for the wedding dresses of both Princess Mathilde and Princess Laurentien, the wife of Prince Constantine of the Netherlands. It has been confirmed that Claire will wear a vintage veil of Brussels lace which was worn by three generations of royal brides, beginning with Queen Paola's grandmother Laura Mosselman du Chenoy in 1877. The veil will be paired with an antique tiara, a gift from the king and queen.

A debate as to which tiara Claire is wearing is currently going on over at RJ (Royal Jewels). So, for now it is an unknown tiara. ;)

The cathedral.....

About the floral arrangements: from Hello! Magazine....

The flowers: Floral arrangements will be designed by Les Floralies Gantoises the Gant Flower Show the minds behind the blooms for the wedding of the groom's brother Prince Phillipe and his wife Princess Mathilde. "Enchanting" creations by Mr Daniel Ost are planned, with a lovely array of azaleas, hydrangeas and rhododendrons decorating the cathedral.

Princess Claire of Belgium

The kiss!

Official portrait.....

Julia 04-12-2003 04:47 PM

You are most welcome, Alexandria! ;) It is a shame that the Corbis watermark is stamped across the photos. I would imagine that within days we will be able to get photos without watermarks....finger's crossed. :P

Josefine 04-13-2003 01:56 PM

Victoria And Madeleine at the Belgium wedding
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - APRIL 11: Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and her younger sister Madeleine attend a concert celebrating the wedding of Belgian Prince Laurent to Claire Coombs at the Palais des Beaux Arts April 11, 2003 in Brussels, Belgium. The couple will marry at Brussels Townhall April 12, 2003.

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