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Alexandria 10-28-2004 07:09 PM

Royal Family of Belgium Part 2
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Welcome to the second thread of pictures and news on the members of the royal family of Belgium.

You can find the first thread here:

Happy posting!

A few images to start off this thread:

DIEST, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 28: Queen Paola and King Albert arrive at Diest Townhall as part of a Polish State Visit to Belgium, on October 28, 2004 in Diest, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 27: Queen Paola (R) and Jolanta Kwasniewska (second from left) visit Val Saint Lambert, famous for its glasswork, as part of Kwasniewska's State Visit with her husband, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, to Belgium on October 27, 2004 in Liege, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)


LIEGE, BELGIUM: From L-R, Belgium Queen Paola, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his wife Jolanta Kwasniewska, and Belgium's King Albert II pose at Liege province palace, 27 October 2004. Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his wife Jolanta Kwasniewska arrived yesterday in Brussels for a three-day state visit to Belgium. AFP BELGA PHOTO POOL MICHEL KRAKOWSKI (Photo credit should read MICHEL KRAKOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Hannelore 10-30-2004 02:44 PM

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Brussels - September 28, 2004. The royal family receives presidents and minister-presidents of the various Belgian governments for a lunch at Laken castle.

Hannelore 10-31-2004 11:49 AM

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Brussels - October 25, 2004 Belgian Sovereigns received Romano Prodi and his wife Flavia at the Royal Palace of Laeken for a farewell rendez-vous.

Hannelore 11-03-2004 02:26 PM

I just read an interesting article in the newspaper La Dernière heure (from a few days ago).

The king of the Belgians gets an annual dotation that's fixed for the whole duration of his reign. It's not a salary, but an amount of money to cover his costs. In the case of Albert II it's 6.048.602 €.

67,4% of it goes to the salaries of all his staff, 11,8% to the maintenance of his buildings and furntiture; 5,8% to his professional activities such as state visits etc., 5% to the heating, the gas, electricity, water etc. ; 2,7% to the administration. And 1,8 % to hoshold costs; 3,8% to the cars and 1,7% to various costs (ensurances etc.)

In comparison, some of the annual dotations of other monarchies:

Juan Carlos of Spain receives 7,2 million €
Queen Elizabeth II receives 11,88 million €
The grandduke of Luxemburg receives 7.470.687 €

Hannelore 11-09-2004 08:04 AM

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1. Paola and Albert with their 3 children

2. Paola and Albert with Filip, Astrid and her children

3. Albert and his brother, the late king Boudewijn.

Hannelore 11-09-2004 08:13 AM

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1. King Albert at the Belgian embassy in Berlin, with a portrait of his ancester, king Leopold I of the Belgians.

2. Albert and Paola at Laken.

3. the Benelux royals and heirs in 2000.

Hannelore 11-10-2004 07:52 AM

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1950. Abdication of king Leopold III and enthronement of king Boudewijn.

1960. Belgium' colony, Congo, gets it's independance and king Boudewijn is present at the ceremonies.

Albert and Boudewijn

Hannelore 11-10-2004 08:19 AM

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1. Leopold and Boudewijn

2. Leopold III

Hannelore 11-10-2004 08:24 AM

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1. King Leopold II, 2nd king of the Belgians

2. his wife, queen Marie Henriette.

5. Leopold II on his death bed.

hillary_nugent 11-11-2004 06:43 AM


Originally Posted by Hannelore
In the case of Albert II it's 6.048.602 €.

do you know by anychance how much that is in Us dollars?

hillary_nugent 11-11-2004 06:44 AM


Originally Posted by Hannelore
5. Leopold II on his death bed.

is he dead in thatpicture? *shivers*

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-11-2004 07:40 AM


Originally Posted by hillary_nugent
is he dead in thatpicture? *shivers*

Yes he is. It's the way he was laid out so people could come to pay their respects a last time.

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-11-2004 08:27 AM

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King Albert at the monument of the unknown soldier in Brussels, for the armistice commemorations.

Hannelore 11-11-2004 12:38 PM

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King Albert II of Belgium (L) attends an Armistice Day ceremony , 11 November 2004, at the 'Unknown Soldier Monument' at the Congress Column in Brussels.

Lyonnaise 11-12-2004 10:13 PM

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Polfoto 12-11-2004 Belgium's King Albert II, right, and Queen Paola arrive prior to Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata", the opera that opens La Fenice theatre season, in Venice, Italy, Friday, Nov. 12, 2004.

hillary_nugent 11-13-2004 01:21 AM


Originally Posted by Cathérine Bergeyck
Yes he is. It's the way he was laid out so people could come to pay their respects a last time.

Whoa, do they still do that when Royals die nowadays?

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-13-2004 06:28 AM

Yep, but they're in a coffin, and you have to keep a certain distance.

This is the custom in Belgium, maybe in other countries it's different (closed coffin etc.)

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-14-2004 05:36 AM

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King Baudouin

1. with queen Juliana
2. with his brother Albert
3,4. with his father Leopold III
5. with Albert and Philippe

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-14-2004 05:38 AM

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1. with Juliana and Beatrix

2. with Rainier and Grace of Monaco

3. King Albert II as a young prince

4. king Albert I

saxon 11-15-2004 04:34 PM

Happy Royal Family
the Belgian Royal Family seem like a happy loving down to earth Family, which is good to see that Royalty can be normal and not cold and frosty like the Windsors.

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