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Old 06-03-2008, 01:52 PM
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Fabiola turns 80!

And this is worth starting the celebrations early!
Today the BRF gathered at Laeken Castle to celebrate Fabiola´s birthday (*11/06/1928). And this grand old lady was kind enough to share the limelight with Astrid (*05/06/1962) and Albert (*06/06/1934) - three cakes for three royals and many youngsters to blow out the candles!

The Belga coverage can be found here!
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And here are some first impressions (anp, belga)
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:01 PM
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I see that she's giving a speech of sorts - is there any reports of what she was saying?
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:06 PM
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How lovely!!! The pictures are very nice! How lovely to see the whole family gathered this way!
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:12 PM
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Happy Birthday to this Grand Lady!
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:33 PM
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How cute to see Princess Eleonore was brought to the birthday event as well
http://picture.belga.be/belgapicture...ev/9464923.jpg

It's really lovely to see the whole family again.
Love the pictures of Fabiola and the kids.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:36 PM
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Happy birthday to Fabiola!
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:24 PM
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I love Fabiola, one half of my favorite Royal couple of all time. Long live the Queen!!

Has Mathilde colored her hair?? It looks beautiful, so shiny and healthy.
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:29 PM
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How cute to see Princess Eleonore was brought to the birthday event as well
http://picture.belga.be/belgapicture...ev/9464923.jpg

It's really lovely to see the whole family again.
Love the pictures of Fabiola and the kids.
Where is Laurent? Princess Eleonore has gotten so chubby, she is gorgeous!
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:31 PM
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According to the news prince Laurent was to late
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:44 PM
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More pictures without any logo
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:47 PM
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I haven't seen princess Elisabeth, was she in school maybe? Eleonore has grown a lot!
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:50 PM
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Great pictures! I am glad that the family paid tribute in public to Queen Fabiola, esp. considering she has been a sort-of second mother to esp. Filips and Astrid for such a long time (not to mention a very popular and excellent Queen).

I don't see Amedeo, Joachim and Elisabeth but it is nice to see the others, Louise is such a doll!
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Elisabeth was on a schooltrip!
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:39 PM
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:40 PM
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Ah Fabiola. Still gorgeous.
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:10 PM
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the baby has grown and Mathidle hasnt lost her baby weight after the birth

PPE Agency dress is too short

Queen Fabiola looks remarkable for her age and her hair !!
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Prince Laurent seems to be absent too? A diplomatic chill perhaps . I noticed on the pictures of the royals at lunch that Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg was there too,as were Prince Nicolaus and Princess Margarethe of Liechtenstein. Were there any other Luxembourg or Spanish relatives around?

On the VRT clip you can see some footage of the birthday. The queen holds a speech in Dutch. Nice detail: for 30 years HM receives a chocolate cake for her birthday from the mother of a handicapped woman named Chantal. She ends with: 'Alors il faut applaudir maintenant' .

Edit: Laurent was late but he did show up for the lunch according to VRT.
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where was amadeo
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:45 PM
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Prince Laurent seems to be absent too? A diplomatic chill perhaps .

Edit: Laurent was late but he did show up for the lunch according to VRT.
Laurent was missing in action because he was caught up in a traffic jam. Ahem, yes…. This guy sure is haunted by ill luck, last national day his uniform was too small, now a little traffic jam and so on …I wonder if he still expects ppl to believe in it. But at least his better half Claire and his adorable kids managed to arrive in Laeken in time. Kudos to her.

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