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iceflower 10-05-2010 08:39 AM


Originally Posted by Lina RdC (Post 1143163)
:previous:I absolutely agree with you, iceflower and fancatt:flowers:! Incidentally, I read a couple of commentaries on the website of another school which Queen Paola visited some time ago. Several children had written that they would have liked to take her home with them afterwards because they wanted to get to know her better -really sweet...

That's really nice :smile: - and to get to know her better, not to play or something like that..

King Albert has received S.M. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah,
Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan de Brunei Darussalam today, October 5th:

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maria-olivia 10-05-2010 01:53 PM

I hope the Sultan of Dubai arrived in time for his visit to the King. Yesterday the 44 head of States had to wait for the picture because he was late.

iceflower 10-05-2010 05:09 PM

Really? Well, these are not the best host manners..;)

Today, on the second day of the Asia-Europe Meeting, there was another
reception at the Royal Palace King Albert attended:

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And guests arrived:

Queen Paola, Kim Yoon-ok, the wife of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak
and King Albert II pose for an official photo before a dinner at the Laeken Royal
Palace in Brussels October 5, 2010. Lee is on a four-day official visit to Belgium.

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and King Albert pose for a photo at Laeken Castle on
October 6, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Marika86 10-12-2010 09:19 AM

Queen Paola of Belgium during her visit in the new production center of social enterprise Fournipac in Seilles (Andenne). October 12, 2010

Belga picture gallery:

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stephanievl 10-12-2010 03:27 PM

Thanks for the pictures.
We do not often see our queen with a pair of glasses :-)

Queen Poala leaving the palace in her Fiat

iceflower 10-13-2010 05:58 AM


Seeing Queen Paola as professionally dressed like this, one can easily imagine
her working in that business or as a chemistry professor with her students :smile:

Here are some nice additions:

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Renata4711 10-13-2010 04:16 PM

Paola reminds me of Germaine Greer - still attractive in their sixties....
and both, as you say, reminiscent of academics.

Lina RdC 10-14-2010 12:46 PM

Reminiscent of academics...well, in this case I do second that albeit mostly, Queen Paola's delicate or sensitive charisma
makes me rather think of an artist :biggrin: -but she truly seems to be a multisided personality.
At any rate, the queen needn't be afraid of wearing her glasses at times i.m.o. since she looks fairly elegant even so -it's tasteful how
their shape echos a bit her beautifully curved eyes.

iceflower 10-14-2010 05:42 PM


Totally different occasion, but very charming again:

Queen Paola today, October 14, attended the International Family Mediation conference
of the EU in Brussels.

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iceflower 10-18-2010 11:37 AM


Queen Paola, King Albert and outgoing Prime Minister Yves Leterme attend the opening session of
the Round Table conference on Poverty and Social Exclusion, in Brussels, during Belgian six months
presidency of European Union, October 18, 2010.

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iceflower 10-19-2010 04:15 PM


King Albert and Queen Paola attending the annual conference of the
European Commision Humanitarian Partners, Brussels, 19 October 2010.

The little flower girl is really cute :smile:

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iceflower 10-29-2010 07:31 AM


Queen Paola visited the exhibition "Fleuve Congo. 4700 km de nature et culture
en effervescence" ("Congo River. 4700 km of nature and culture in turmoilau")
at the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, on October 26,

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** La Reine Paola visite le MRAC **

iceflower 11-02-2010 05:46 PM


King Albert has received German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Laeken Castle
on November 2, 2010 in Brussels. Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme was
also present.

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iceflower 11-16-2010 10:03 AM


King Albert during a ceremony dedicated to people who received a nobility
title in 2009, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the Royal Castle in Laken-
Laeken, Brussels.

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iceflower 12-15-2010 11:13 AM


King Abdullah has been received by King Albert before a lunch at the Laeken
Royal Palace in Brussels December 15, 2010.

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Esmerelda 12-21-2010 01:32 AM


Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 1175670)

King Abdullah has been received by King Albert before a lunch at the Laeken
Royal Palace in Brussels December 15, 2010.

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Why was King Abdullah in Belgium? I know this is off-topic but he seems to be going grey..

iceflower 12-24-2010 05:22 PM


Esmerelda, King Abdullah had been on a two-day working visit to Belgium to
meet European leaders and members of the European People's Party taking
part in the party's summit, some themes have been Jordan's partnership
with the EU, developments in the Middle East and peace efforts.

King Albert delivering his traditional Christmas speech at the Royal Palace in
Brussels December 24, 2010.

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Lina RdC 12-26-2010 10:35 AM

:previous: Videos of King Albert's Christmas speech 2010:
Le Roi Albert II a livré son traditionnel discours de Noël. - Sujet par sujet - RTL Info (from
La Monarchie belge: Accueil - Actualités - Audios et vidéos - Discours du Roi à l (complete version from

*Mara* 12-31-2010 10:13 AM

King Albert and Queen Paola spent Xmas in Italy. They went their immediatly after Albert had recorded his Christmas speech and they stay with Paola’s nieces Emanuela, Antonella, and Giovanna San Martino di San Germano, who run the family estate in San Martino Alfieri in Piemonte. The three nieces are confidants of Paola. Most likely Albert and Paola are still in Italy.
The Christmas dinner with their children and grandchildren had already taken place 2 weeks ago in Laken.

Lina RdC 12-31-2010 10:59 AM

Thanks a lot for the update, *Mara*! May I ask where you got the information from (was there a newspaper-article etc.)?:flowers:
It's nice to hear that Queen Paola also seems to be in an intimate relationship with the daughters of her late sister Maria-Cristina, whom -to my humble knowledge- she deeply appreciated...

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