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Old 08-01-2020, 06:26 AM
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Yesterday 27 years our beloved King passed away.
He would be proud how his Nephew King Philippe is doing well .
His Grand Marechal de la Cour wrote : "Hij kan het niet " A shame !

I wonder who is living in Villa Astrida in Motril ?
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:30 AM
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Named after the kings mother is it still owned by the Belgian RF?
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Old 09-07-2020, 06:25 AM
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The Palace share some pictures of the King Baudouin on the day of his 90th birthday:


"Today, it has been 90 years since King Baudouin was born. Baudouin Albert Charles Leopold Axel Marie Gustaaf was born on September 7, 1930 at the Château du Stuyvenberg (Laeken). The photos of the still baby Prince, in the arms of his mother, Princess Astrid, were taken by his grandmother, Queen Elisabeth. These are the very first photographs of the future King Baudouin who reigned from 1951 to 1993.
Some anecdotes: ⁣

�� King Baudouin was named after Prince Baudouin, the older brother of his grandfather, King Albert I. ⁣
�� King Baudouin was very athletic, just like his father King Leopold III. He practiced golf and skiing.
�� King Baudouin had a real passion for astronomy and loved to observe the stars."


https://www.instagram.com/p/CE1EArWn7oO/
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Old 09-07-2020, 06:37 AM
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The Palace share some pictures of the King Baudouin on the day of his 90th birthday:


"Today, it has been 90 years since King Baudouin was born. Baudouin Albert Charles Leopold Axel Marie Gustaaf was born on September 7, 1930 at the Château du Stuyvenberg (Laeken). The photos of the still baby Prince, in the arms of his mother, Princess Astrid, were taken by his grandmother, Queen Elisabeth. These are the very first photographs of the future King Baudouin who reigned from 1951 to 1993.
Some anecdotes: ⁣

�� King Baudouin was named after Prince Baudouin, the older brother of his grandfather, King Albert I. ⁣
�� King Baudouin was very athletic, just like his father King Leopold III. He practiced golf and skiing.
�� King Baudouin had a real passion for astronomy and loved to observe the stars."


https://www.instagram.com/p/CE1EArWn7oO/
I always thin of him as very old, as I was a little kid when he madea state visit to Ireland.. early 70s I think. And he seemed old to me then. but he would only be 90 now?
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Old 09-07-2020, 06:47 AM
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His Kindness is still in all our Memories.
A great exemple for King Philippe who knew him so well.
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Old 09-07-2020, 07:25 AM
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The pain in Belgium was immense.... he was really appreciated !
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Old 09-07-2020, 08:02 AM
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I cannot imagine Baudouin at age 90...he was only 62-63 years old when he suddenly died.

Also, the 15th of September marks 60 years that his engagement to Fabiola was announced.
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Old 09-07-2020, 11:50 AM
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The Palace share some pictures of the King Baudouin on the day of his 90th birthday:


"Today, it has been 90 years since King Baudouin was born. Baudouin Albert Charles Leopold Axel Marie Gustaaf was born on September 7, 1930 at the Château du Stuyvenberg (Laeken). The photos of the still baby Prince, in the arms of his mother, Princess Astrid, were taken by his grandmother, Queen Elisabeth. These are the very first photographs of the future King Baudouin who reigned from 1951 to 1993.
Some anecdotes: ⁣

�� King Baudouin was named after Prince Baudouin, the older brother of his grandfather, King Albert I. ⁣
�� King Baudouin was very athletic, just like his father King Leopold III. He practiced golf and skiing.
�� King Baudouin had a real passion for astronomy and loved to observe the stars."


https://www.instagram.com/p/CE1EArWn7oO/
"We have loved the stars too fondly, to be fearful of the night."

Those are so sweet. And very special that Elisabeth got to take the first pictures, even though I don't suppose these have ever been "official" before now.
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I cannot imagine Baudouin at age 90...he was only 62-63 years old when he suddenly died.

Had he lived longer he'd have been one of the longest reigning Belgian Monarchs.
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Old 09-07-2020, 01:47 PM
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Had he lived longer Prince Albert would never be King.
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I'm glad the Belgian Monarchy marked the anniversary of his birth with those personal photos.
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Old 09-07-2020, 05:23 PM
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Had he lived longer Prince Albert would never be King.
Unless he outlived Albert, Albert would be his next heir..
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Unless he outlived Albert, Albert would be his next heir..
To rehash this argument, it was widely expected that Albert would renounce in favor of Philippe, who had essentially been supervised by Baudouin and Fabiola as the heir. It was only because Baudouin died so young that older and more experienced Albert stepped in, and then gave his son time to have a family. Had Baudouin lived longer, Albert's reign wouldn't have been necessary.
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Unless he outlived Albert, Albert would be his next heir..
It was widely believed at the time that Philippe would succeed his uncle and not Albert. I remember Swedish TV-news reporting how surprised many were when it didn't happen and saying it was because Philippe was considered to immature by the political establishment. In the end the outcome proved quite successful since Albert was a much better king than people had thought he would be.
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I'm glad the Belgian Monarchy marked the anniversary of his birth with those personal photos.
I fully agree, especially as he (to his disappointment) had no descendants of his own, which in some royal families could have led him to be forgotten. As it is, not only is he commemorated on major anniversaries but the monarchy has regularly shared reminders of how much he was loved.
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Old 09-07-2020, 07:26 PM
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Even though Baudouin died at a relatively young age, he came to the Throne when he was barely out of his teens. That meant he had been king for over 40 years at the time of his sudden death. That is a VERY long time to reign even today with longer life expectancy. Many Belgians could not remember another King of the Belgians in 1993.

Take into account all the momentous events that took place during his reign... crisis and independence in the Congo, the transformation of Belgium into a Federal state, sweeping societal change....there was no way that Baudouin would not still be recognized as a major important figure in Belgian history despite his lack of direct descendants.

Google the guest list for his State funeral to get an idea of what a respected and important figure he was at his sudden death in 1993. Probably only QEII will draw a similar or bigger lineup.

I think, just like Fabiola, he would have adored Mathilde. And he would be very proud of Philippe.
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Old 09-09-2020, 06:16 AM
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Thank you Marengo
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