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Busy Weekend for Young Belgian Royals

  October 27, 2010 at 5:25 am by

On Saturday 23 October, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, daughter of Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde, was present at University of Leuven. Elisabeth, together with her classmates, has attended a lesson about the functioning of the brain in the context of the educational programm for young students: “Children’s University”. This lesson was directed to children between 8 and 13 years old and the students have the opportunity to ask … Continue reading

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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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No Marital Problems For Prince Laurent And Princess Claire

  January 27, 2010 at 9:50 am by

‘La Libre’ reports that the royal palace categorically denies the rumours about a seperation of prince Laurent and princess Claire, which are circulation in the Belgian press and on the internet. In last week’s editition of the Belgian ‘Paris Match’, Father Gilbert, the man who married Laurent and Claire, is interviewed. He tells the magazine that he is not allarmed at all and that the problems between Laurent and Claire … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Calls Court Advisor ‘Rasputin’

  January 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm by

In an interview with the newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ on Thursday 31 December, prince Laurent of Belgium made another remarkable comment. In the interview he calls the chief advisor of his father, cabinet chef Jacques van Ypersele de Strihou ‘a Rasputin’. The prince reveals: ‘He interferes with everything, wants to decide everything. But in the end he does not solve anything. You know, every king has his Rasputin. However, such … 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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Prince Laurent Kicks Off Music For Life

  December 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm by

As has been a custom for many years now, Belgian radio station Studio Brussel started their annual Christmas programme “Music For Life”, in which people can ask to broadcast any song they want to hear, and they can choose how much they want to pay for it. The money they collect this way is always given to a charity. Three radio presenters stay continuously in a glass house from Friday … 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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Prince Laurent Freezes His Favourite Dog

  October 31, 2009 at 2:47 pm by

Three months ago, Prince Laurent of Belgium had the dead body of his favourite dog frozen. The Prince was upset by the death of the Berner Senner and wanted to wait until an appropriate time, to say goodbye to the dog. The Swiss dog was his favourite for seven years, and died of cancer. After his death the Prince took the body to the veterinary medicine faculty of the university … Continue reading

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Members Belgian Royal Family attend the Autumn Concert

  October 29, 2009 at 8:35 pm by

The King, the Queen, Princess Astrid, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the Autumn Concert at the Royal Palace in Brussels yesterday. The Autumn Concert is organized in collaboration with the Festival of Flanders and the Festival of the Walloon Region. The Festival of the Walloon Region (Festival de Wallonie) is an annual event that offers 70 concerts in 4 parts of the Walloon Region and in Brussels. The common … 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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Prince Laurent sends daughter to French school

  September 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm by

Prince Laurent causes much controversy again in Belgium with his decision to send his 6-year old daughter Louise, who charmed the media this summer on the National Day, to a French state school. This action causes negative comments in whole of Belgium. Not only is the Princess apparently raised without learning Dutch in school, she is now also sent to a French school, not even a Belgian one. According to … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent in Hospital

  August 12, 2009 at 3:46 am by

Prince Laurent has been admitted to the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, in Brussels, since last Sunday, due to pneumonia. The Prince was on holiday in Sardinia, visiting friends, when he suddenly realized he was getting feverish. Fearing that he had the H1N1 variant of the flu, he insisted on being treated in Belgium as soon as possible. The family was flown back to Brussels and the Prince was admitted to a … 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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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 Dotation System Revised

  July 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

The Belgian government had appointed a parliamentary commission to discuss the dotation system of the Belgian royals. Every now and then, word came out that the commission wanted to strip Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent of their dotation, but up until now there had been no formal declaration regarding the matter. On July 2, the commission finally came up with a final compromise. The current system of dotations will be … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen at inauguration of Magritte Museum

  May 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium attended the inauguration of the opening of the Magritte Museum. The museum collected over 250 works of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, and can present the largest collection of Magritte’s works in the world. the museum is part of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, and will be open to the public from 2 June onwards. Prince Laurent and Princess … Continue reading

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Captain Laurent Attends Anniversary of Tienen & Military Divers

  May 11, 2009 at 9:22 am by

Prince Laurent has attended the anniversary of the city of Tienen, where he spoke about military divers. According to the newspaper ‘Gazet van Tienen’ the prince looked tired and skinny. The prince listened to the official speeches at the city hall of Tienen, with admirable patience, the newspaper adds. After the official part was over, the prince took some time to talk to the press. He expressed his admiration for … Continue reading

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‘Palace Killed Laurent’s Acting Career’

  May 11, 2009 at 7:02 am by

Het Nieuwsblad reports that the protocol services of the royal palace in Brussels have prevented prince Laurent from starting an acting carreer in 1995. When Belgian film director Rob Van Eyck was making the short move ‘Berncastel’, with Wendy van Wanten as a woman who commits suicide, he got to know prince Laurent. The prince called actress Wendy van Wanten so frequently that the director once answered the phone instead … Continue reading

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‘Prince Laurent Wanted To Become A Muslim’

  May 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm by

Belgium’s prince Laurent never ceases to amaze people. This time the Flemish royalty author Jan van den Berghe, claims in his new book ‘God in Laken, het Belgische koningshuis en het katholicisme’ (God at Laeken, the Belgisan royal family and catholicism) that prince Laurent wanted to become a muslim and that he wanted to marry a woman from Mauretania. The magazine ‘Knack’ was able to read Van den Berghe’s book … Continue reading

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Albert & Paola in Waregem

  March 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm by

This morning, 31 March, King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium visited thecity of Waregem. They started the visit at the city hall, signing the obligatory documents, and then went around the market to greet the people gathered there. The sunny weather had persuaded many people to come out to see the monarchs. Around 11 o’clock the King visited Thermote & Vanhalst, a company for forklift trucks, aerial platforms … Continue reading

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