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Old 08-15-2021, 03:54 PM
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When King Albert II bought ALPA IV 4.8 millions euros one year later his former which was not big enough a lot of critics in Belgium.

He sells his 28 m yacht now 1.950.000 euros.
Both are to frail now and may understand they sell it.
He was found of Yachts his whole life . When he arrived in a Harbour and saw a bigger one he asked more informations about its owner.
As Wedding present outboard Marine gave them a small yacht and they sold it short after!
In our Army Museum we may see the "Avila" Boat from King Baudouin , what a difference !
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In the army museum in the Parc du Cinquantenaire? I have been there but I do not remember seeing a boat, though the museum is enormous so perhaps I missed it.
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Old 08-16-2021, 04:01 AM
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When King Albert II bought ALPA IV 4.8 millions euros one year later his former which was not big enough a lot of critics in Belgium.

He sells his 28 m yacht now 1.950.000 euros.
Both are to frail now and may understand they sell it.
He was found of Yachts his whole life . When he arrived in a Harbour and saw a bigger one he asked more informations about its owner.
As Wedding present outboard Marine gave them a small yacht and they sold it short after!
In our Army Museum we may see the "Avila" Boat from King Baudouin , what a difference !

It is normal that his yacht dropped in price from 4.8 million Euro to 1.95 million Euro. In 2009 it was a brand new yacht. In 2021 it is a 12 years old used yacht. Any buyer will need a firm budget to revise the yacht and update it to current standard.

On itself it is clearly part of the life story of most elderly people: King Albert (87) and Queen Paola (83) probably are no longer able to use the yacht and/or live in the luxury they once enjoyed, and are having to downsize.

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On itself for the two or three evenings a year they need some sparkle, they have plenty of jewels. Another cassette with jewels adds not so much.
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Old 08-16-2021, 05:36 AM
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Article of the BrusselsTimes, which says that the financial situation of the King is the reason why the boat has been for sale:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news-c...box=1629101684
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Old 08-16-2021, 07:12 AM
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They must need the funds as it been sold for quite a bargain.
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The King of the Belgians was criticized when he purchased the yacht. The King of the Netherlands was criticized when he purchased his boat. After all, directly or indirectly, it is the taxpayer who funds their lifestyle, so that makes them vulnerable for criticism.

King Albert's yacht is for staying, dining, sleeping and needs operation by staff. King Willem-Alexander's boat is "just" for making day-trips and is not operated by staff.

Especially that last one (operation by staff) will be arch-expensive and eats money from King Albert's budget. Hap-hap-hap. Like an oldfashioned Pacman game.
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Old 08-27-2021, 05:55 PM
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King Albert and Queen Paola yesterday 26 August are visiting in Dolceacqua, Liguria

https://www.sanremonews.it/2021/08/2...ico-borgo.html
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This Evening on the last Opening Concert of the Queen Elisabeth Chapel King Albert II and Queen Paola came . I was told that Princess Louise was there too.
I could see the King from my place , He looked so frail. I said yo myself why should a King reign until the end of his life ? he is now 87. King Albert Albert I was 58 and King Baudouin 63 when they passed away.
They were welcomed Sire , Madame, Queen Paola was really lovely , her hairdo was longer and perfect . Very unexpected Evening !
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This Evening on the last Opening Concert of the Queen Elisabeth Chapel King Albert II and Queen Paola came . I was told that Princess Louise was there too.
I could see the King from my place , He looked so frail. I said yo myself why should a King reign until the end of his life ? he is now 87. King Albert Albert I was 58 and King Baudouin 63 when they passed away.
They were welcomed Sire , Madame, Queen Paola was really lovely , her hairdo was longer and perfect . Very unexpected Evening !


I watched the concert on YouTube and it was nice to see them both. I saw they had what looked like a granddaughter with them but I couldn’t work out which one but Princess Louise makes sense. This is a link to the concert https://youtu.be/NaJI38KeQOY
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Thank you so much for sharing the Concert on you Tube.
I was sitting on the left side of the King and the Queen and saw myself during Count de Launoy Speech.....
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Thank you so much for sharing the Concert on you Tube.
I was sitting on the left side of the King and the Queen and saw myself during Count de Launoy Speech.....


You’re welcome. One of the positives that has come out of this pandemic is that more things have become available online (Death and the maiden is one of my favourites). I’ve always admired the way Queen Paola has never fought the ageing process but has gone with it gracefully.
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Princess Louise was with Them .
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Old 10-08-2021, 11:43 AM
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"King Albert II met Delphine's children: "It went really well, it was really moving for them"

"King Albert II met Delphine's children named Joséphine and Oscar. It was our colleagues from the magazine "Paris-Match" who revealed it after talking to the princess."

https://www.sudinfo.be/id420952/arti...per-bien-passe
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"Following a fall, Queen Paola has fractured her humeral neck in her right arm.

The 84-year-old former queen must recover for eight weeks.

Paola therefore has to cancel the official activities she planned in the coming weeks, the palace reports."


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After a Fall how sad her right arm . This is very painful and takes times.
I hope she will recover completely !
I was so happy to see her so well at the Mass 17 February .
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King Albert was hospitalized following surgery:

"King Albert II has left the hospital, which he entered last week for a routine check-up. At the end of the latter, the doctors decided to perform surgery, indicate our colleagues from the DH.

The King remained hospitalized for a week. He was visited by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. Still according to the DH, Albert II is doing well and is being followed by his doctors. Questioned by our colleagues, the Palace refused to comment out of respect for medical secrecy."

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King Albert and Queen Paola attended the inauguration of the construction site of the King Albert II Institute of Saint-Luc University Clinics today, June 15:


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Their Yacht Alpa IV is finally sold. We don't know the price paid !
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