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It was nice to see the family celebrating the Belgian National Day. It was sweet of Laurent to greet Eleonore, though I agree that he seems to have a complex personality.
It's lovely to watch Philippe and Mathilde's children grow up, particularly Elisabeth. I agree with Marchesina, she'll be a great Queen one day.
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:37 PM
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And we have the program of the celebrations for the National Day in belgium 20-21 July

"On Thursday, July 20, 2017, their Majesty, the King and the Queen and their Royal Highness, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attend the Preludium concert until the National Holiday in the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels.
On Friday, July 21, 2016, the King and the Queen will attend Te Deum, following the National Holiday Day in the Saint Michael and St. Goedelekathedral in Brussels. Their Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attend the Te Deum in St. Peter's Church in Leuven. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attend the Te Deum in the Sint Jan Baptist Church in Waver. In the afternoon, the King and Queen, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attend the military and civilian defilation at the Palace Square in Brussels. After the defilation, members of the Royal Family visit the Festival in the Park. In the evening, the King and Queen and Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attend the fireworks at the Palace Square."

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Old 07-03-2017, 12:50 PM
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The King and Queen seem to be accompanied with Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz at a few of the events this year,thankfully we won't have to suffer looking at too much of Prince Laurent this year.
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:48 PM
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Good news : for the Afternoon , the King and the Queen, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorens , Prince Laurent et Princess Claire.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:34 PM
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Good news : for the Afternoon , the King and the Queen, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorens , Prince Laurent et Princess Claire.
Rightly so. The King and his siblings are the only paid royals. To show up on the Fte Nationale is not too much asked, in return ;-)
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:05 AM
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Criticism from last year paid off. There's no reason for a member of the royal family to not attend the National Day (apart from health issues).
Plus I hope Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel will attend the concert on the 20th, even if they're not listed (they are never listen, but we know we can expect them to attend the Te Deum and the parade).
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:29 AM
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They are 4 young Children , assisting the Parade is enough.
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:49 AM
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They are 4 young Children , assisting the Parade is enough.
A concert for the eldest one (Elisabeth and Gabriel) is not an unbearable duty. They both attended the final sessions of the Queen Elisabeth music competition this year, but of course what they want to do is more important than what I/we want. Unlike their uncles and aunts they are not required to be there because they're not working royals yet.
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A concert for the eldest one (Elisabeth and Gabriel) is not an unbearable duty. They both attended the final sessions of the Queen Elisabeth music competition this year, but of course what they want to do is more important than what I/we want. Unlike their uncles and aunts they are not required to be there because they're not working royals yet.
Being an amateur musician herself, Queen Mathilde made it sure that her children also received musical training. According to the website of the Belgian Royal House, both lisabeth and Gabriel play the piano, Emmanuel plays the flute, and leonore plays the violin. I don't know if they actually like it, or if it is something they are simply told to do as princes/ princesses, but, in any case, all of Mathilde's children are used to attending musical performances.
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The King's speech for this year's National Day has been released:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** belga gallery **


** Speech of His Majesty the King of the Belgians on the National Day ** translation **

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Old 07-20-2017, 03:38 PM
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Concert tonight for the National Day! It seems Princess Astrid have an accident!

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Oh dear I wonder what happened to Princess Astrid?
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:52 PM
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Here are more pics of tonight's concert:


** gettyimages: BEL: The Belgian Royal Family Attend The Concert For The National Day In Brussels **
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Oh no hope Astrid is okay! Nice to see she still managed to attend.
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I found a news article quoting Palace Spokesman Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw. He said that Princess Astrid suffered an injury at the femur neck, not as a result of a fall or accident but caused by overload. She has to favor her hip joint and therefore needs the crutches for some time.


** nieuwsblad: Prinses Astrid woont nationale feestdag bij op krukken ** translation **
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Great to see that the Princess still made despite her recent injury.
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Arrival of the Royal Family to the Cathedral of St. Micheal and St. Gudula in Brussels for the Te Deum.

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Arrival of the Royal Family to the Cathedral of St. Micheal and St. Gudula in Brussels for the Te Deum.

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