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Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 11:31 AM

Prince Laurent of Belgium To Marry Claire Coombs
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On 20th December 2002, prince Laurent of Belgium (°1963) became officially engaged to miss Claire Coombs (°1974), a British born surveyor, who'se been living in Belgium since she was three.

The couple met at the house of a mutual friend, where they were invited for dinner. Afterwards, Claire and Laurent started talking to each other, when they were doing the dishes together!

They had been spotted together quite some times, and everybody was waiting for them to make it official. Which they did on the afternoon of 20th December, together with their families in the royal greenhouses of Laeken castle.

Afterwards the engaged couple and their families attended the traditional Christmas concert in Brussels.

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 11:34 AM

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Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 11:36 AM

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Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 11:39 AM

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Answering questions from the press

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 11:42 AM

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Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 11:47 AM

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The couple with their parents.

Claire's outfit was designed by Natan (like her wedding dress)

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 11:57 AM

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Claire wsan't the only star of the day... Little princess Elisabeth was trying to make her first steps and got quite some attention as well.

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 12:00 PM

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A little help from grandma and mommy...

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 12:07 PM

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A few hours later, the engaged couple assisted at the Christmass concert.

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 12:13 PM

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Claire's father, Nicholas Coombs (British), and her mother, Nicole Mertens (Belgian) talking to her daughter Joanna Coombs, and her husband Steve Grant (British).

The three children of the Coombs family -Claire, Joanna and Matthew- have both the Belgian and British nationality.

sara1981 09-22-2003 01:08 PM

oh wow!

her mom is Beligum! and her dad is British her siblings have same language with British/Belguim both! oh nice!

Sara Boyce

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 02:21 PM

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 02:22 PM

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-22-2003 02:23 PM

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:40 AM

Talking to the press

Mathilde and princess Astrid's children playing with Elisabeth

Elisabeth walking, with a little help from mummy

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:51 AM

Claire, Laurent and Paola

King Albert and queen Paola

Filip holding Elisabeth

Claire Coombs

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:54 AM

The engaged couple posing for the press

Close-up of Claire

Talking to the press

Another one of Filip holding his daughter, in the background: prince Amedeo, Elisabeth's godfather

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:57 AM

Mathilde, Elisabeth and Filip

The couple and their families (with Laurent blowing his nose :P )

Mathilde holding her daughter

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:58 AM

Laurent and his elegant fiancée

Hannelore 04-10-2004 09:00 AM

Cute little Elisabeth managed to draw all the attention towards her ;)

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