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Belgian Royals Pay Respects to Queen Fabiola

  December 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family have paid their respects to the late Queen Fabiola at the Royal Palace of Brussels. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, King Albert and Queen Paola, Prince Laurent, and Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz were among the family members to view the late Dowager Queen’s body where it lies in the Palace’s Great Hall in a simple light oak coffin. Others present were Archduchess Marie … Continue reading

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Royals Attend Double Canonisation at the Vatican

  April 27, 2014 at 9:38 am by

Catholic royals from across Europe were present at the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II today at the Vatican. King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, former King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein were amongst the million plus there for the mass, which was … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Discharged From Hospital

  April 9, 2014 at 4:21 am by

Belgium’s Prince Laurent was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon, after spending three weeks in hospital suffering from pneumonia. The spokesperson for the Royal Court, Pierre-Emmanuel Bauw, confirmed the news, saying that the Prince had been determined stable enough by his doctors at the Brussels Saint-Luc University Hospital to complete his recovery at home. Prince Laurent was admitted to the hospital on March 18, and then placed in an induced coma the … Continue reading

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Queen Paola and Queen Mathilde Visit “Child Focus”

  February 2, 2014 at 6:23 am by

On Friday January 31th in Brussels, Queen Paola and Queen Mathilde visited the headquarter of the “Child Focus” foundation for a special occasion: Queen Mathilde was appointed as Honorary President of the foundation. The Queen succeeded to her mother-in-law Queen Paola, who was Honorary President since 2002. The mission of the foundation is to provide operational support to investigations surrounding the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children and to prevent … Continue reading

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Queen Paola of Belgium Turns 76

  September 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm by

Queen Paola of Belgium turns 76 years old on September 11. Queen Paola is the wife of King Albert II of Belgium, who recently abdicated in favour of their eldest son, Philipe. Born Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria in Italy in 1937, she is the youngest daughter of the Italian noble Prince & Princess Ruffo di Calabria. In 1958, she met the future King of Belgium … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Attend Anniversary Mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2013 at 5:09 am by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family attended an anniversary mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels on July 31st. The mass marked the 20th year since the death of the beloved King Baudouin in 1993. Attending the mass were King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, and Prince Laurent and his wife, Princess Claire. Following the mass, members … Continue reading

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King Albert Hosts Reception for Prime Ministers

  July 11, 2013 at 6:22 am by

King Albert II yesterday hosted a reception at the Royal Palace of Laeken for the Prime Ministers who have served during his reign. Jean-Luc Dehaene, Guy Verhofstadt, Yves Leterme, Herman Van Rompuy and Elio Di Rupo joined the King, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde for apéritifs in the palace’s rotunda before heading inside for a quick photo session and a lunch. As he arrived to the palace, Mr Leterme … Continue reading

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54th Wedding Anniversary of Albert & Paola

  July 4, 2013 at 6:00 am by

July 2nd, 2013 King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium celebrated their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary on July 2nd. The then Prince Albert of Belgium met his Italian noble-born wife, Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, at a reception in the Belgian Embassy at the Vatican in 1958. Less than a year later, the couple were married, initially they had wanted to marry at the Vatican but were persuaded to hold … Continue reading

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Royals attend Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican

  March 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm by

March 19th, 2013  – The Vatican World leaders and members of several royal houses attended the Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican for His Holiness Pope Francis today. Over 200,000 pilgrims had packed into St Peters Square to witness this very solemn ceremony. Royals present were King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Felix of Luxembourg, the Prince … Continue reading

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Belgian, Dutch Royals Attend First Bus Tragedy Funeral

  March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians today attended the first funeral of victims of last week’s Swiss bus tragedy. They were joined by the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, and President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf of Switzerland. The service took place at the 5,000-seat Soeverein Arena in Lommel, in northern Belgium where one of the schools involved is located. Among the crowd were Belgian Prime … Continue reading

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Belgian Monarchs Show Support for Bus Tragedy Families

  March 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm by

Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola were present yesterday at the Melsbroek Military Airport, where they were part of an official delegation which saw the departure of the parents of the students involved in the Swiss bus crash on Tuesday. The King and Queen were greeted upon their arrival by the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, and Defence Minister Pieter De Crem. The group then went inside the … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Commemorate Dead in Laeken

  February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Earlier today in Laeken, the Belgian Royal Family were present at the annual mass commemorating the deceased members of the family. The mass took place at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk in Dutch, Eglise Notre-Dame in French). The entire royal family was present – King Albert II and Queen Paola, their children and their spouses, Queen Fabiola, who was accompanied by Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess Léa … Continue reading

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Guillaume attends Concert with Belgian Royals

  January 19, 2012 at 12:14 am by

The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was in Belgium earlier this week, where he attended a concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. The concert on January 17th was a joint performance by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Soloists from both groups performed during the event, which was conducted by Emmanuel Krivine. Before the beginning of the concert, the royals spent some time with Mrs Viviane Reding, … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family – July Events

  August 1, 2011 at 9:53 am by

A not so quiet July for the Belgian Royal Family; July 7th – Princess Mathilde visited the”Villa Rozerood” in De Panne, a holiday and care center for seriously ill children and their families. July 7th – King Albert attended the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the biscuit factory “Biscuiterie Jules Destrooper” in Lo. July 15th – Queen Paola attended the world premiere of the theatre play of Umberto Eco’s … Continue reading

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Belgian National Day – 21st July 2011

  August 1, 2011 at 6:50 am by

Belgium’s National Day is set on the 21st July, as that is when Leopold I of Belgium took the oath making him the first King of the Belgians in 1831. After Belgium asserted its independence from the Netherlands on 4 October 1830, the Belgian National Congress considered several candidates and eventually asked Leopold to become King of the newly-formed country. He was elected on 4 June and accepted and became “King … Continue reading

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‘European Vulnerable Children’ Conference in Belgium

  November 21, 2010 at 10:55 am by

On the initiative of Queen Paola, in her capacity as Honorary President of the NGO Child Focus, an organization dedicated to finding missing children, and under the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, took place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday, November 18, 2010 a conference in the Royal Palace in Brussels with the theme “Vulnerable children on the run, a challenge for Europe.” The conference was sponsored … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals celebrates The King’s Feast

  November 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm by

On November 15, the Belgian Royal Family has celebrated The King’s Feast. Since 1886, celebrations take place in honour of the Belgian Monarch. Present were Crown Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent, Princess Claire and Queen Fabiola. King Albert and Queen Paola don’t usually attend at the Service as protocol decrees. Also present were the European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and Belgian Prime Minister Yves … Continue reading

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King Albert II Stays Silent in Congo

  July 1, 2010 at 7:07 am by

On Monday king Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians arrived in Kinshasa for a four day visit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independance of Congo. It was the first time since 1985 that a Belgian monarch visited the former colony. Immediately after the arrival there was a meeting between the king and president Joseph Kabila. The meeting was supposed to last for 15 minutes, but the … 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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20th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Rights of the Child Celebrated in Stockholm

  November 21, 2009 at 6:09 am by

Various royals flocked to Stockholm these past two days, to attend events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ Rights of the Child convention. A private seminar on the celebration was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm early on Thursday November 19th, and was attended by a large group of royal women: Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Paola … Continue reading

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