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Another New Year’s Reception At Belgian Court

  January 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm by

Yesterday the Belgian royal family gathered once more in the royal palace of Brussels for the 3rd New Years reception of this month. During this reception prominent Belgian authorities and persons were invited. This reception was attended by King Albert II, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire. Among the guests were Archbisshop André-Joseph Leonard – who recently compared homosexuality to anorexia-, senate chairman Armand De … Continue reading

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King Albert invited to celebrate Congo’s 50 Years Independence

  January 23, 2010 at 6:29 am by

Last week, during a visit of Belgian foreign affairs minister Steven Vanackere to Congo, the Congolese government officially invited King Albert II to the celebrations of 50 years independence of Congo. Congo was a colony to Belgium from the moment King Leopold II transferred governance of the territory to the Belgian government to the day King Baudouin accepted the call for independence of the colony in 1960. Due to long … Continue reading

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Lower Dotations for Belgian Royals

  January 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm by

The economic crisis also hit the royal court in Brussels, as for the first time in the history of the Belgian royal family, the royal dotations will be lowered during the term of a present government. For 2010, the dotations of members of the royal family will decrease by 2,67%, for 2011 this number will be decreased by 4,01%. This means that next year prince Philippe will have 85.000 Euros … Continue reading

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King Albert opens doors for the homeless

  December 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm by

Belgium is hit by the first winter cold and snow, which is always a difficult time for the homeless people in the country. The lack of available places for homeless people and asylum seekers is a hot political topic in the country. Recently, Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme said that he felt deeply for the affected people, and the government would try to solve the problem as best as they … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals gather for The King’s Feast

  November 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm by

Belgian Royals celebrated The King’s Feast (Koningsfeest in Dutch and Féte du Roi in French) on November 15 – a day that has been marked by celebrations in honour of the Belgian Monarch since 1866. Crown Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Prince Laurent, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Queen Fabiola were all present. The celebrations started with a Service at Brussels Cathedral, which was attended by all members of the Royal … Continue reading

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King Albert II Leads the Armistice Day Ceremony

  November 11, 2009 at 11:31 am by

King Albert II led the Royal Family and Government officials in solemn commemoration ceremonies in Brussels today. The King, Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy and Belgian veterans placed wreaths at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Thousands turned out to pay their respects to the fallen heroes. At exactly 11:00, people paused for two minutes silence to mark the 91st anniversary of the end of The Great War. His Majesty … Continue reading

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King Albert welcomes President Yushchenko

  October 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm by

King Albert received Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko at Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels on October 15. During the meeting, a great number of questions were discussed, including cultural and economical cooperation, bilateral relations, as well as European and Euro-Atlantic ambitions of Ukraine. President Yushchenko gave an interview, where he stressed Belgium’s importance for Ukraine, noting: “Belgium as a representative of an Old Europe is a special partner. Cooperation with Belgium … Continue reading

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King Albert and Queen Paola in a private audience with the Pope

  October 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola were received in a private audience by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday. As customary for a Catholic Queen, Paola wore a white veil (in contrast to other women, who have to wear black veil), while King Albert kneeled before the Pope. A note published by the press office of the Holy See reported: “In the course of the cordial discussions issues concerning Africa, international politics, … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals open ‘Son of Heaven’ Exhibition

  October 9, 2009 at 11:22 am by

On October 8, the royal family, including Princess Maria Laura, daughter of Princess Astrid, attended the opening of the prestigious “Son of Heaven” exhibition at the Palace of the Fine Arts in Brussels. It is the opening exhibition of the cultural festival Europalia China. The King and Queen opened the exhibition in the presence of the Vice President of China, Xi Jinping. Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen attend Father Damien Mass in Tremelo

  October 4, 2009 at 10:39 am by

King Albert and Queen Paola attended a mass in honour of the canonisation of Father Damien (Pater Damiaan, Père Damien) in Tremelo, the village where Father Damien was born as Jozef De Veuster. The canonisation is for next week, 11 October, but the village of Tremelo is taking the opportunity to celebrate it’s most known inhabitant all week. Father Damien left for Hawaii on missionary work, and asked to be … Continue reading

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King Albert still on spending spree

  September 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm by

It hasn’t been a good summer for King Albert’s image. After all the controversy surrounding the acquisition of a new yacht, registering it in Italy and avoiding to pay taxes to both the Belgian and the Italian government by registering the yacht as a military vessel, the finances of King Albert II of Belgium have again come under severe criticism. Royalty watcher Kathy Pauwels had the opportunity to see papers … Continue reading

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Belgian Yacht Controversy Continues

  September 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm by

The controversy surrounding the purchase of a new yacht by the Belgian King and Queen continues. Public opinion cries out injustice about this luxury expense in times of economic hardship, as this purchase shook up especially the southern part of the country. RTBF journalist Cristophe Deborsu, the same journalist who asked former Prime Minister Yves Leterme to sing the Brabançonne but got the Marseillaise in return, pulled another stunt interview. … Continue reading

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Golden Wedding Anniversary Festivities

  August 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

On 30 August, the Belgian King and Queen hosted a garden party to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. At the same time, the wedding anniversaries of the other Belgian royals were commemorated, as this year is also the silver wedding anniversary of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, as well as the 10th wedding anniversary for Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, and the 6th wedding anniversary for Prince Laurent and Princess … Continue reading

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King Albert buys New Yacht

  August 13, 2009 at 11:43 am by

New controversy hits Belgium while the royals are enjoying their holiday. It has become known that King Albert II of Belgium has bought a new yacht, the “Alpa” of 27 m long, 6.3 m wide, and capable of going up to 30 knots. According to the website of deredactie.be, the yacht is a “Technema 90″, built by the shipyard Rizzardi. Research of Soir Magazine has revealed that the catalogue price … Continue reading

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Belgian royals out in full force to celebrate National Day

  July 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm by

The Belgian royal family was out in full force to celebrate this year’s National Day. On the evening of June 20, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the concert “Preludium to the National Day”, organized at the Palace of Fine Arts by the Natiolan Belgian Orchestra. The royal ladies were at their best, as usual. Princess … Continue reading

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King Albert Offers to Pay Part of Renovation Costs

  July 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm by

King Albert II of Belgium has offered the Belgian government to help them to pay for the renovation costs necessary to freshen up the Royal Palace in Brussels. The Palace will be used for the European-Asian Summit (ASEM) during the Belgian presidency of the European Union. The Belgian government will pay for the refurbishment of the Palace. Most of the works will be painting and brushing up other details. King … Continue reading

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Albert II & Paola Dieting Together

  July 13, 2009 at 6:38 am by

VTM reports that king Albert II and queen Paola of the Belgians are following a diet together. Pictures of the state visit to Romania, earlier this week, showed that the king and queen already lost weight. It is not a very strict diet, according to the palace they just eat a bit less and pay more attention to their health. During the state banquet on the first day of the … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 3

  July 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola concluded their State Visit to Romania with a visit to Sibiu, one of the economically strong regions of Romania. They were welcomed with a folklorist dance spectacle on the main square, after they had been welcomed at the City Hall. They also visited a little village near Sibiu, called Cristian, which has a very close cooperation programme with the city of Leuven. They attended a … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 2

  July 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania. Today is their second day, and they went through a pretty full schedule. They visited the Revolution Square in Bucharest with the Romanian Minister of Culture, Theodor Paleologu. Later today, they also paid tribute to the Memorial of Danny Huwe, a Belgian journalist from the Flemish commercial channel, who was killed during the Revolution … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 1

  July 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania, at the invitation of the Romanian President, Traian Basescu. The Belgian royals left from the military airport of Belgium this morning, and arrived in Bucharest in the early afternoon. They were welcomed by the Romanian President and his wife. The King and Queen first attended the ceremonial greeting of the guard, and had a first … Continue reading

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