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The first question is who is considered a member of the Belgian Royal family . It may look like an obvious question, but Ithe answer is not clear since there is no official or semi—official definition of the Royal Family or the Royal House as in some other countries.
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Constantinos and Achilleas are handsome young men. I hope they find their way marrying into ruling royal families or even defunct ones. I bet the Duchess of Brabant would [...]
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The Greek RF is not close to the Belgian RF as far as I know.[...]

I don't find it impossible that the Duchess of Brabant might marry a commoner, but I wouldn't rule out someone from the Belgian nobility either or even someone from a former ruling family from Germany or Austria. Her family is quite conservative when it comes to acceptable grooms.
I wonder if the Royal Family routinely selecting spouses from noble family backgrounds could be explained by their social circles instead of or in addition to non-acceptance of commoners. Are there many commoners in their closest circle of friends? It is said that Philippe's commoner girlfriend was vetoed as a bride, but was there proof that her background was the cause? Princess Claire, Princess Léa, and Victoria Ortiz appear to be accepted by the family in spite of not having noble blood.

On the other hand, some families use a double standard and allow princes more leeway in "acceptable" spouses than princesses, or are stricter regarding consorts to heirs to the throne compared to spouses of other members of the family.
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The first question is who is considered a member of the Belgian Royal family . It may look like an obvious question, but Ithe answer is not clear since there is no official or semi—official definition of the Royal Family or the Royal House as in some other countries.

For those who may not have seen it, the answer provided by the Court in 2013 may be read here: Questions fréquentes | Le 21 juillet 2013

It is not clear whether the answer from 2013 applies today, as the page has been taken down from the website.

Q: Quelle est la différence entre Maison Royale et Famille Royale ?

R: L'expression "Maison Royale" n'est pas utilisée en Belgique. On parle de la "Maison du Roi" pour désigner la Cour.

Tous les descendants de Léopold III et leurs époux légitimes font partie de la Famille Royale. Les membres de la Famille Royale qui exercent des tâches officielles peuvent se voir attribuer une "Maison", ce qui implique qu'ils bénéficient d'un soutien administratif et en personnel séparé au sein de la Cour. [...]

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Q: What is the difference between the Royal House and the Royal Family?

A: The expression "Royal House" is not utilized in Belgium. One speaks of the "House of the King" to refer to the Court.

All of the descendants of Léopold III and their legitimate spouses are part of the Royal Family. The members of the Royal Family who perform official tasks may be afforded a "House", which reflects that they enjoy administrative support and separate employees within the Court. [...]



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Her family is quite conservative when it comes to acceptable grooms.
Princess Claire, Princess Léa, and Victoria Ortiz appear to be accepted by the family in spite of not having noble blood.

On the other hand, some families use a double standard and allow princes more leeway in "acceptable" spouses than princesses, or are stricter regarding consorts to heirs to the throne compared to spouses of other members of the family.
Princesses Marie-Christine and Esmeralda married men without noble blood, but neither husband appears to have a relationship with the royal family. In the case of Princess Marie-Christine's husband it is expected as she herself is estranged from the family, but Princess Esmeralda has been present at royal family events with her children but, if my memory serves me correctly, not with her husband.
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