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MAfan 07-17-2013 09:38 AM

Royal Family of Belgium - Current Events Part 8 (July 2013 -)
 


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leidi 07-26-2013 03:24 AM

Is it known whether the entire family will do a photoshoot like they have done in the last years?

Or from now on it will be only the King, Queen and their children?

maria-olivia 07-26-2013 05:30 AM

New rules for the Royal Family .
Except King Philippe , Albert Fabiola Astrid and Laurent have e.a.
Advice the Minister of Foreign Affairs when they are going abroad and who they will meet.
Advice when they are taking air planes . (For Princess Victoria's wedding Astrid and Lorenz were on economic class and Laurent alone on business class.)
They will have much more control about their dotations etc....

leidi 07-26-2013 06:12 AM

what do you mean with e.a.?

maria-olivia 07-26-2013 12:53 PM

Sorry it is french and it means "entre autre "

xenobia 07-26-2013 01:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1582404)
Sorry it is french and it means "entre autre "

..which I think means "among others" :smile:

But I don't really understand the post. Are the ones you mentioned exceptions that don't have to follow the new rules?

Lina RdC 07-31-2013 07:29 AM

Belgium's royal family attended a mass on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death at the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in Brussels on July 31, 2013:
BelgaPicture - Category details; http://www.picturedesk.com/bild-disp...6-1f3cdc36ec2e; http://www3.daylife.com/search/photo...n+July+31+2013; http://www.monarchypress.com/collect...-baudouin.html (picture galleries)
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/det...30731_00676511 (article)
http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuw...ideo=1.1691131; http://nieuws.vtm.be/binnenland/5513...voor-boudewijn (videos)

rominet09 07-31-2013 07:34 AM

What a sad memory, 20 years ago. Happy to see them all anyway.

An Ard Ri 07-31-2013 07:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rominet09 (Post 1584081)
What a sad memory, 20 years ago. Happy to see them all anyway.

Indeed,especially for Queen Fabiola and King Albert.

maria-olivia 07-31-2013 08:57 AM

I attended the Mass and was really impressed. Queen Fabiola entered first and then the King and the Queen, the former King and Queen and their Children.
Cardinal Danneels our former head of the Church spoke about King Baudouin the Sheppard. A lot of very old people, old soldiers came from their very far home.
After the Mass the Royal family was greeting the people during a very long time and Queen Mathilde lost her pill box hat 3 times ...

An Ard Ri 07-31-2013 09:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1584099)
I attended the Mass and was really impressed. Queen Fabiola entered first and then the King and the Queen, the former King and Queen and their Children.
Cardinal Danneels our former head of the Church spoke about King Baudouin the Sheppard. A lot of very old people, old soldiers came from their very far home.
After the Mass the Royal family was greeting the people during a very long time and Queen Mathilde lost her pill box hat 3 times ...

Was the Mass by invite only or open to the general public Marie Olivia?

maria-olivia 07-31-2013 09:59 AM

In the newspaper it was told we could make a reservation by phoning to the Personal of the Cathedral. I did it immediately and got through the post my invitation for free. I came one hour before and had a good place for my category . Of course in front of the Church were diplomats , Ministers , The Knights of the Order of Malta, Militaries etc...
When I came in a lot of peoples were already standing outside.

The first Official Event for King Philippe after the day of his Oath and I must say sawing him very well when he went out of the Church , He is a very happy man and seems not to realize how the belgians love him.
I may confirm : Completely change of his attitude .
Having a brand new and brilliant staff we are waiting September and its difficult political situation.

iceflower 07-31-2013 10:45 AM

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Here are some more pics of today's mass:



** ppe gallery **


** gettyimages/wireimage/photonews gallery **


** lavenir.net gallery: La famille royale rend hommage à Baudouin **


** lesoir.be: Messe de commémoration pour le 20e anniversaire du décès du roi Baudouin **


** pp gallery: Philippe et Mathilde de Belgique : Ferveur décoiffante pour l'hommage à Baudouin **


** 7sur7.be: Le roi Philippe et la famille royale rendent hommage au roi Baudouin ** translation **


** gettyimages/zimbio: Belgium Royal Family Attends A Mass For The 20th Anniversary Of King Baudouin's death **


** lameuse.be: 20ème anniversaire du décès du roi Baudouin: une cérémonie avec toute la famille royale.. ** translation **

leidi 07-31-2013 04:08 PM

Philippe looks so much relaxed and far less wooden than he did when he was a prince, both Albert and Paola look happy as well so you can tell the abdication was one of the best choices they could have taken :)

rominet09 07-31-2013 06:29 PM

It is a huge pleasure to see them together ! Mathilde was especially beautiful and well dressed. I wonder if the children have stayed in France.

An Ard Ri 07-31-2013 06:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1584109)
In the newspaper it was told we could make a reservation by phoning to the Personal of the Cathedral. I did it immediately and got through the post my invitation for free. I came one hour before and had a good place for my category . Of course in front of the Church were diplomats , Ministers , The Knights of the Order of Malta, Militaries etc...
When I came in a lot of peoples were already standing outside.

Thanks Maria Olivia,I'm glad you enjoyed the experience and that you got to see the King,Queen and Royal Family at Mass.

iceflower 10-04-2013 11:30 AM

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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz received Mr. Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, President of India and his delegation, for a meeting and a lunch at the Royal Palace in Brussels today, October 4, 2013.

Later today they'll attend the opening of the europalia.india Festival at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and will visit the exhibition "Body of India" together.


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

maria-olivia 10-04-2013 01:11 PM

The King did his first public Speech and it was in English !

vkrish 10-04-2013 01:55 PM

The President of India has begun a State Visit to Belgium on the invitation of King Philippe .
This is the first visit by an indian President to Belgium..
I will follow-up with more details.
I also hope posters from Belgium will put up some news and pics involving The President and The King..

Shri Pranab Mukherjee is the ceremonial Head of State. He assumed office as the 13th President of India on July 25, 2012

Seventy six years old, Shri Mukherjee is a man of unparalleled experience in governance with the rare distinction of having served at different times as Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance Minister. He was elected to the Upper House of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha) five times from 1969 and twice to the Lower House of the Parliament (Lok Sabha) from 2004.


Shri Mukherjee has extensive diplomatic experience and has served on the Board of Governors of the IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank.

He was rated one of the best five Finance Ministers of the world in 1984 according to a survey conducted by “Euro Money” Journal published from New York and was declared ‘Finance Minister of the year’ for Asia in 2010 by “Emerging Markets”, the journal of record for the World Bank and the IMF.

Shri Mukherjee acquired a Master’s degree in History and Political Science as well as a degree in Law from the University of Kolkata. He then embarked on his professional life as a college teacher and journalist beforing entering politics.

The Vice President of India Dr Hamid Ansari
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1

The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1

His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium receives The President of India HE Pranab Mukherjee at Military Airport Melsbroek at Brussels in Belgium on October 2, 2013 on his arrival for his State Visit to the Belgium.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1

The president was accorded a Ceremonial Reception at Egmont Palace at Brussels in Belgium on October 3, 2013 He was received by The Prime Minister of Belgium H.R. Mr. Elio Di Rupo and Guard of Honour presented.

The Prime Minister welcomes the President at Egmont Palace, Brussels.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=7

The Guard of Honour..A very nice pic..
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=8

The President with Prime Minister of Belgium
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=4

The President, his daughter Sharmishta Mukherjee and The Prime Minister
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=8

Can someone tell me who the other gentleman is..

The President visited Place de la nation

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=7
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=5
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=4

The President visits the Waterloo, Brussels.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=7

His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium receives The President of India HE Pranab Mukherjee at Military Airport Melsbroek at Brussels in Belgium on October 2, 2013 on his arrival for his State Visit to the Belgium.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1

maria-olivia 10-04-2013 02:44 PM

It was for the Opening of the Exhibitions EUROPALIA INDIA from now until the end of January 2014

The King pronounced his first Speech since he is King and it is in English. He said ea.. he visited India several times and that his Sister Princess Astrid will visit India soon for an economical Visit under His Presidency.

vkrish 10-04-2013 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1606058)
It was for the Opening of the Exhibitions EUROPALIA INDIA from now until the end of January 2014

Yes it will be jointly inaugurated by The President of India and the King of Belgium.

Moreover, this is a sort of returning the State Visit to India made by King Albert and Queen Paola last year.

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1606060)
The King pronounced his first Speech since he is King and it is in English. He said ea.. he visited India several times and that his Sister Princess Astrid will visit India soon for an economical Visit under His Presidency.

Thanks, maria-olivia. Can we have some video links.. I didnt get them yet..

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1606023)
The King did his first public Speech and it was in English !

What a nice way out..neither Dutch and French. Thank us Indians:flowers:

An Ard Ri 10-04-2013 02:55 PM

Belgium King's recollections of Bengal yields Pranab excellent Belgium trip

Belgium King's recollections of Bengal yields Pranab excellent Belgium trip - Indian Express



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDZFoeSrMvY

Was this a State Visit or merely an Official Visit?

vkrish 10-04-2013 03:18 PM

It is a State Visit as mentioned in The President's Facebook page.
The King and Queen of Belgium made a State visit to India last year. So a return visit is due. So now The President is visiting on the invitation of The King.
In India, Presidents conduct only ceremonial State Visits, just like constitutional monarchs of Europe. Business happens, but not that much. Some important events like Europalia India are scheduled to coincide. It is more of a symbolism of the highest level of ties between two nations.
Prime Minister's visits are 'mere' official visits but actually more power-packed, since lot of real business occurs at that time..

iceflower 10-04-2013 03:46 PM

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Here's an extra gallery of the inauguration of Europalia India International Arts Festival at Bozar in Brussels, the galleries on the previous page of the thread will be updated as well.



** belga gallery **


And one more:


** pp: Mathilde et Philippe de Belgique : Exaltés par leur rendez-vous avec l'Inde **

leidi 10-04-2013 04:37 PM

thank you all for the information and pictures! :D
I love what Mathilde is wearing, solid colors suit her much better than print :biggrin:

iceflower 10-17-2013 03:39 PM

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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended an autumn concert and reception at the Royal Palace this evening, October 17, in collaboration with the Festival de Wallonie and the "Festival van Vlaanderen".



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


** zimbio gallery: Arrivals at the Autumn Concert in Brussels **

iceflower 11-05-2013 07:18 AM

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Princess Esmeralda and Princess Lea attended an exhibition of photographs taken by King Leopold in Brussels today, November 5, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 'Leopold III Fund for Exploration and Conservation of Nature' and the 30th anniversary of the death of King Leopold III.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** apa/picturedesk gallery ** gettyimages gallery **

maria-olivia 11-05-2013 10:04 AM

No show up from the High Royal Court or from Luxembourg .

iceflower 12-11-2013 03:27 PM

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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the annual christmas concert at the Royal Palace in Brussels today, December 11.

I had hoped to see more members of the family.


** Pic ** ppe gallery **


** dpp: Belgian royals attend Christmas concert 2013 **


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


** zimbio gallery: Belgian Royals Celebrate Christmas at the Royal Palace **


** pp gallery: Mathilde et Claire de Belgique rivalisent d'élégance au concert de Noël **

maria-olivia 12-11-2013 05:07 PM

No King for the concert , Princess Claire was sitting on the King's Chair and Prince Laurent a small guest chair and did not enjoy the concert at all.

An Ard Ri 12-11-2013 05:25 PM

No Queen Fabiola either judging from the photo's,was Princess Astrid present?

leidi 12-11-2013 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1625345)
No King for the concert , Princess Claire was sitting on the King's Chair and Prince Laurent a small guest chair and did not enjoy the concert at all.

He was on his way back from South Africa

Filip valt binnen tijdens kerstconcert | VTM NIEUWS

Al_bina 12-11-2013 10:16 PM

It is unusual to see such streamlined version of the Belgian Royal family. I guess we have to get used to it.
Prince Laurent's jacket appears to be too small for him.

iceflower 01-29-2014 06:11 AM

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New Year's reception number 4! King Philippe and Queen Mathilde received the country's authorities today, January 29.


Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent were present as well.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** belga gallery **


** gettyimages ** gettyimages 2 ** apa/picturedesk ** facetoface **


** semana.es gallery: Matilde y Felipe de Bélgica, Primera Recepción del Año como reyes **


** pp gallery: Roi Philippe de Belgique : En famille pour son grand oral devant les autorités **



Here's the speech King Philippe has given:



** monarchie.be: Discours de Sa Majesté le Roi aux Autorités du pays - 2014 ** translation **

iceflower 01-31-2014 05:24 AM

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Queen Paola and Queen Mathilde visited Child Focus in Brussels today, January 31, and attended a ceremony as Queen Mathilde succeeds as honorary President of Child Focus to Queen Paola. Child Focus is the foundation for missing and sexual exploited children.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** belga gallery ** facetoface ** gettyimages **


** apa/picturedesk gallery ** hln.be video: Mathilde volgt Paola op bij Child Focus **


** rtl.be video: Paola a cédé sa place de présidente d'honneur de Child Focus à Mathilde **

marine2109 01-31-2014 09:26 AM

Quote:

The Queen Matilde dazzles in the first year of the receipt of the Belgian Royal Family
La reina Matilde deslumbra en la primera recepción del año de la Familia Rea | Realeza | Noticias hola.com

https://translate.google.com.tr/tran...les%2F&act=url

maria-olivia 01-31-2014 12:46 PM

No warm contact between the 2 Queens !

cepe 01-31-2014 12:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1637388)
No warm contact between the 2 Queens !

Matilde is smiling at Paola in 2nd pic in Getty images. I think that's about all anyone would expect.

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/gc/466...bXPyG66g%3d%3d

HereditaryPrincess 01-31-2014 01:37 PM

I have to say that I'm still not used to Paola's haircut!

maria-olivia 01-31-2014 02:13 PM

Queen Mathilde is of course smiling to Queen Paola , she is a very kind Lady.
But no reaction from Queen Paola. it is not the first time ! (see video)

fandesacs2003 01-31-2014 02:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HereditaryPrincess (Post 1637400)
I have to say that I'm still not used to Paola's haircut!

God! What was she thinking!

Marchesina 01-31-2014 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1637388)
No warm contact between the 2 Queens !

Oh I don't want to sound mean but it seems to me, they never had the warmest relationship, at least in comparison with the one Queen Paola has with the other daughter in law. as if there was a sort of rivarly between the two ladies.
But at the same time, I'm well aware that what we see of them it's just a surface, and we don't know a thing about them.
So I won't judge.

Marika86 02-01-2014 11:42 AM

Another pic from the account Twitter of the "Child Focus" foundation:

#Koningin #Paola was 12 jaar erevoorzitster van Child Focus. Vandaag 31/01 volgt Hare #Majesteit de Koningin op. pic.twitter.com/xaMtWzsFZL

ericat 02-01-2014 12:08 PM

I think Queen Paola's hair is ABSOLUTELY fabulous............. Why paint it all those years, the chemicals are so bad for you.
I did the same with my hair 3 years ago and have never looked back, and I am much younger, it is liberating to do...!!!!
I think this snow white hair does not necessarily age you, with good make-up you can look stunning.... Well done Paola!

gerry 02-01-2014 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vkrish (Post 1606061)
Yes it will be jointly inaugurated by The President of India and the King of Belgium.

Moreover, this is a sort of returning the State Visit to India made by King Albert and Queen Paola last year.



Thanks, maria-olivia. Can we have some video links.. I didnt get them yet..



What a nice way out..neither Dutch and French. Thank us Indians:flowers:

Indeed!:lol:And I liked how the King made reference to India's 22 official languages and how the country works despite linguistic differences: surely a model to be studied closely by the linguistically challenged Kingdom of the Belgians:flowers:

iceflower 02-02-2014 04:06 AM

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On January 31 King Philippe and Princess Astrid attended the New Year's reception of the Agency for Foreign Trade at its premises in Brussels.



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

iceflower 02-04-2014 09:07 AM

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Here's another gallery of Queen Paola and Queen Mathilde at Child Focus last week:



** pp: Mathilde et Paola de Belgique : Passage de témoin en douceur entre reines **

Bine221 02-04-2014 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ericat (Post 1637686)
I think Queen Paola's hair is ABSOLUTELY fabulous............. Why paint it all those years, the chemicals are so bad for you.
I did the same with my hair 3 years ago and have never looked back, and I am much younger, it is liberating to do...!!!!
I think this snow white hair does not necessarily age you, with good make-up you can look stunning.... Well done Paola!

I also think, she is looking much younger and "hipper" :flowers:.... just curious to see, how she is looking with a tiara.
BYe Bine

Jacknch 02-04-2014 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 1637889)
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On January 31 King Philippe and Princess Astrid attended the New Year's reception of the Agency for Foreign Trade at its premises in Brussels.



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

Great pictures, but that man seems to have managed to get into every one!

Marchesina 02-04-2014 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jacknch (Post 1638581)
Great pictures, but that man seems to have managed to get into every one!

he's just the Minister of Foreign Affairs LOL

iceflower 02-05-2014 04:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jacknch (Post 1638581)
Great pictures, but that man seems to have managed to get into every one!

In this particular case rather my fault than his ;) I've chosen these pics out of a larger collection and that not because of him :biggrin: but because of lovely Astrid.

Today, February 5, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended an academic session in Brussels organized by the Belgian Red Cross on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.



** belga gallery ** apa/picturedesk **

iceflower 02-18-2014 06:17 AM

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Today, February 18, the Belgian Royal Family attended the annual mass to commemorate the deceased members of the family at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk/Eglise Notre-Dame church in Laeken.




** belga gallery ** gettyimages gallery ** ppe gallery ** facetoface ** apa/picturedesk **

maria-olivia 02-18-2014 07:02 AM

Already Iceflower , great thanks.
Desperately No Queen Fabiola.
I was happy to have shake her hand on July 31th 2013

An Ard Ri 02-18-2014 09:14 AM

Prince Laurent was looking rather jolly outside the church! Was Princess Claire present at the Mass?

maria-olivia 02-18-2014 10:04 AM

No she should have sit next to Prince Lauent o the first row.
I suppose Princess lea and her family were sitting on the second row.
I did not see Princess Maria Esmeralda and thought seeing Princess Marie Christine now we have a new King.

*Mara* 02-18-2014 10:24 AM

Now that Claire is staying away from important official events she should reveal why and I consider staying away because they have to pay taxes now no valid reason at all. If this is her reason then she should reconsider her behaviour, because it will backfire.
Astrid and Lorenz are missing also, Astrid is sick and Lorenz had other obligations they said.
Princess Lea was there with her children and her son-in-law, Princess Esmeralda attended with her complete family and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein was there too.

Al_bina 02-18-2014 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by *Mara* (Post 1642102)
Now that Claire is staying away from important official events she should reveal why and I consider staying away because they have to pay taxes now no valid reason at all. If this is her reason then she should reconsider her behaviour, because it will backfire.
Astrid and Lorenz are missing also, Astrid is sick and Lorenz had other obligations they said.
Princess Lea was there with her children and her son-in-law, Princess Esmeralda attended with her complete family and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein was there too.

What does Princess Claire's absence have to do with taxes? Is it possible she had other engagements?

Marengo 02-18-2014 02:35 PM

:previous:
The press said that her staying away was a protest that the couple needs to pay tax over their dotation. As they end up with less money, Princess Claire stays home. This however has been denied by the couple but nothing Laurent does surprises us anymore these days of course.

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Apparently Princess Astrid was ill and her husband Lorenz is in Switzerland for his work.


If Pss Marie Christine would be there, I am sure that the press would have written about it. It would be quite something.


And Laurent... what has he done this time? ... getting angry as his car was blocked, see clip of HLN:

Prins Laurent maakt zich flink kwaad - HLN.be

Al_bina 02-18-2014 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1642164)
:previous:
The press said that her staying away was a protest that the couple needs to pay tax over their dotation. As they end up with less money, Princess Claire stays home. This however has been denied by the couple but nothing Laurent does surprises us anymore these days of course. ... [snipped]

Thanks for the explanation!:flowers:
If true, the reason for not attending the Mass is pathetic. Furthermore, it is an annual commemoration service for the family members that passed away. It is a more personal event than an official one.
It has been agreed that royal donations are subject to taxation. Protesting in this case achieves absolutely nothing.

*Mara* 02-18-2014 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1642164)
:previous:
And Laurent... what has he done this time? ... getting angry as his car was blocked, see clip of HLN:

Prins Laurent maakt zich flink kwaad - HLN.be

God-awful behaviour. I guess he is heading for the next time-out. :whistling:

And I made a mistake in my previous post. Princess Esmeralda was in company of her children but her husband didn't attend.

leidi 02-19-2014 05:09 AM

If this is true, then I'm disappointed on Claire, I thought she was better than this.

wartenberg7 02-19-2014 07:10 AM

[QUOTE=Marengo;1642164]:previous:
The press said that her staying away was a protest that the couple needs to pay tax over their dotation. As they end up with less money, Princess Claire stays home. This however has been denied by the couple but nothing Laurent does surprises us anymore these days of course.



Oh, and if the press says so it must be true... :whistling:
First of all, I´m not a Claire, nor a Laurent "Fan" and I know not much about them as my focus is on other Royals. But what I really hate is when people start getting unfair!
To be honest, I don´t find this particular event very important! I mean, who of us is attending livelong services of remembrance for our dead ancestors (many of them we didn´t even met in our lifetime)?!
This could easily become an empty duty. Isn´t it more important to think of your dead loved ones from time to time in your daily live, visiting their graves now and then?
And those who are remembered here are not even Claire´s blood relatives. There could have been dozends of good reasons why she didn´t attend - may be one of the kids was sick, whatever. Even if she decided to just drop it this year - that´s her business.
What right do we have to judge her, especially when knowing nothing really about her motives?

iceflower 02-19-2014 09:58 AM

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Here are some more pics from yesterday's mass:


** dpp: Belgian royal family attend commemoration mass **


** semana.es: Matilde de Bélgica, impecable en el funeral en memoria de los muertos de la familia real ** translation **

An Ard Ri 02-19-2014 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1642164)

And Laurent... what has he done this time? ... getting angry as his car was blocked, see clip of HLN:

Prins Laurent maakt zich flink kwaad - HLN.be


You'd think by now we'd have seen all his antics,he really is the loose cannon of the Belgian RF!

maria-olivia 02-20-2014 09:59 AM

He insulted before the camera the official Communication man of the Royal Palace.
Very very bad image of our Royals.

King Albert and Queen Paola had to leave the Church from the small back side, pathetic!

An Ard Ri 02-20-2014 12:55 PM

Such a pity that Queen Fabiola and Princess Astrid were not there,hope Princess Astrid is feeling better.As for Princess Claire she should have kept her husband at home with her.

Marchesina 02-20-2014 01:34 PM

I would suggest the King (technically he's the chief of the family) asks his brother to step aside...his behaviour is just a shame for the entire family

episcogal 02-26-2014 10:19 AM

I have a small theory that Fabiola is choosing to limit her appearances not just due to age and mobility, but due to the controversy surrounding her last year. I think she doesn't want additional stress on Philippe and Mathilde.

Just doesn't seem right without Fabiola.

Marengo 02-26-2014 12:39 PM

I highly doubt that an appearance at a mass commemorating among others, her own husband, would fuel controvercy. Neither do I think that the king and queen would find Fabiola's presence extra stress, they seem to be quite close to her.

episcogal 02-26-2014 01:55 PM

Related to the appearances, I'm speaking in generalities. Of course she's very close to Philippe and Mathilde - there's no question of the loving relationship among those, and I think it's lovely. Where I'm going with this is...with three queens and two kings, the Belgians have faced additional grumbling from republicans.

I think we might be seeing this mirrored among other families - the notion of streamlining family appearances. Example: Charles wants to tighten things up to a core group, much to Andrew's chagrin.

iceflower 04-26-2014 03:49 PM

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King Albert, Queen Paola and Princess Astrid were received for a private audience with Pope Francis at his private library in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City today, April 26. Royal families and heads of State are arriving in Rome for tomorrow's canonization of popes John Paul II and John XXIII.



** parismatch: Albert de Belgique et Paola reçus par le Pape François **


** gettyimages/Vatican Pool gallery ** belga gallery ** apa/picuredesk **


** rtl.be video: Le pape François a reçu le roi Albert II et la reine Paola **


** gettyimages/zimbio gallery: Pope Francis Meets Queen Paola And King Albert II Of Belgium **

iceflower 04-27-2014 09:09 AM

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King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium attended the canonisation in which John Paul II and John XXIII were declared saints today April 27, 2014. I couldn't spot Astrid yet, but I guess she attended as well as she had been present yesterday :



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** belga gallery ** gettyimages **

Marchesina 04-27-2014 12:09 PM

it's sweet to think that Albert and Paola actually met at a party held at the Belgian Embassy in Rome for St. John XXIII enthronement back in 1958

iceflower 04-30-2014 04:17 PM

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Princess Claire and Princess Léa attended a birthday party in honour of British Queen Elizabeth II at the British Residence in Brussels today, April 30. Queen Elizabeth turned 88 on April 21, 2014.




** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** belga gallery **

iceflower 05-29-2014 06:37 AM

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The Royal Family, godparents and friends have celebrated the First Communion of Prince Aymeric and Prince Nicolas at the Sainte-Catherine church in Bonlez today, May 29:



** fb place royale: Communion des Princes Aymeric et Nicolas **


** rtl.be video: Albert et Philippe réunis pour la communion des jumeaux de Laurent et Claire (vidéo) **


** sudinfo.be: Communion des princes Aymeric et Nicolas, les jumeaux de Laurent et Claire ce jeudi: Philippe était là (vidéo) **

rominet09 05-29-2014 06:59 AM

Delightful pix ! The family together !

maria-olivia 05-29-2014 10:05 AM

Delightful pictures , but what was behind the smiles ?? and Laurent's non smile !
Claire and King Albert II were close , but Prince Laurent was behind with the Duke and Duchess of Castro and Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria/luxembourg.

crm2317 05-29-2014 11:41 AM

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.

HereditaryPrincess 05-29-2014 11:50 AM

I didn't realize that it was time for Nicolas and Aymeric to have their First Holy Communion. Time flies! They looked smart in their suits and I love Elisabeth and Eleonore's dresses. It's nice to see Albert and Paola linking arms with Claire, it seems they got on well with her today.

izabela84 05-29-2014 12:26 PM

More photos on l'avenir.net:
Le prince Laurent et le roi Philippe présents à la commu... (1) - Lavenir.net

An Ard Ri 05-29-2014 12:45 PM

Were Queen Matilda or Princess Astrid present,I didn't see them in the above photo's.

Molly2101 05-29-2014 01:11 PM

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?

Marchesina 05-29-2014 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by crm2317 (Post 1669482)
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.

stephanievl 05-29-2014 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by An Ard Ri (Post 1669518)
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.

iceflower 05-29-2014 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by An Ard Ri (Post 1669518)
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 **

Marengo 05-29-2014 06:35 PM

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.

a video:
http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/947/Royalty...communie.dhtml

TLLK 05-29-2014 07:13 PM

It's the year and season for First Communions! Congratulations to the twins on this milestone.

Tiggersk8 05-30-2014 12:51 AM

My Goodness how time flies!! Congratulations to the Twins on this Milestone.

iceflower 05-30-2014 03:43 PM

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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 **

An Ard Ri 05-30-2014 04:05 PM

Is there a family connection with the the Duke and Duchess of Castro or are they just close friends with the Belgian RF?

Warren 05-31-2014 12:40 AM

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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.

Marchesina 05-31-2014 04:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Warren (Post 1670183)
:previous:
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.

Isabella Park 05-31-2014 04:32 AM

Congratulations to the princes Nicolas and Aymeric!
They are two handsome boys :kiss:
Also, their big sister princess Louise is so growing up.
And ,king Philippe's two boys and two girls are sooooo lovely.

Marengo 06-04-2014 02:52 AM

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).

iceflower 06-07-2014 11:57 AM

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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 **

Marchesina 06-07-2014 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1672033)
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.

An Ard Ri 06-07-2014 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1672033)
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.

maria-olivia 06-07-2014 05:26 PM

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.

Marchesina 06-07-2014 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 1673623)
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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"

leidi 06-07-2014 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Marchesina (Post 1673777)
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 :ermm:


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