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Old 12-23-2016, 03:37 AM
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Two more galleries of the concert:


** pm: Mathilde en noir et or, ses filles en rouge au concert de Noël **


** pp: Philippe et Mathilde de Belgique : Au concert de Noël avec leurs enfants **
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Old 12-25-2016, 03:57 PM
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"Panis Angelicus"

https://www.facebook.com/PlaceRoyale...3973188967161/

https://68.media.tumblr.com/bc537907...wt7qo1_500.jpg
https://68.media.tumblr.com/8db5c169...wt7qo2_500.jpg
https://68.media.tumblr.com/b42cee3f...wt7qo3_500.jpg
https://68.media.tumblr.com/551c41ec...wt7qo4_500.jpg

The Kings at the concert very emotional, this hymn is special for them because they sang it at their wedding and at Elisabeth's baptism!!
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Blog sur la famille royale belge compiled a tally of official activities of the Royal Family in 2016. It counts events missed on the website, I believe.

Blog sur la famille royale belge: Quel membre de la famille royale a été le plus actif en 2016?

The King: 226 official activities + 149 audiences
209 + 67 in 2013, 164 + 193 in 2014, 189 + 162 in 2015

The Queen: 246 official activities
166 in 2011, 196 in 2012, 190 in 2013, 154 in 2014, 212 in 2015

Princess Astrid: 128 official activities
90 in 2011, 63 in 2012, 133 in 2013, 156 in 2014, 119 in 2015

Prince Laurent: 87 official activities
30 in 2009, 40 in 2010, 31 in 2011, 35 in 2012, 61 in 2013, 59 in 2014, 72 in 2015

Prince Lorenz: 33 official activities
23 in 2009, 18 in 2010, 30 in 2011, 28 in 2012, 26 in 2013, 23 in 2014, 21 in 2015

Princess Claire: 23 official activities
30 in 2009, 41 in 2010, 23 in 2011, 30 in 2012, 46 in 2013, 31 in 2014, 30 in 2015

Queen Paola: 12 official activities
70 in 2011, 67 in 2012, 59 in 2013, 26 in 2014, 19 in 2015

King Albert II: 11 official activities
50 in 2011, 54 in 2012, 58 in 2013, 17 in 2014, 17 in 2015

Princess Elisabeth: 9 official activities
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King Philippe held his annual speech at the New Year's reception for representatives of international institutions, government delegates, and business leaders at the Royal Palace today, January 31.

Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were present as well.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** belga gallery ** gettyimages gallery **
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Good to see the princess next to her brother and not picking a seat on the other side of the room. Let's hope they have talked things over.
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:58 AM
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I am not sure !
Sitting next to the King was the Protocole but did they speak to-gether??
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Who knows... at least they are seated next to each other.

The government-approved speech of the king focussed on various challenges in the world today and without naming the two countries by name referred to a policy of focussing mainly on themselves, which is very different from their own tradition of openness and generosity.

Koning Filip opvallend scherp voor Trump en brexit - HLN.be

According to the press, the remarks were 'remarkably sharp'.
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Speaking to the country's highest officials at a gathering at the royal palace in Brussels the Belgian monarch rounded on Brexit and the new US administration: "2016 is a year that we will remember as the year in which two great friends decided to focus their policies chiefly upon themselves.... They seem to wish to turn the course of history - and this conflicts with their own traditions of openness and generosity, of joining our common dream and commitment."


The king also pointed to a crisis of confidence across the western world and the importance of new technologies. Still the king also issued a warning with regard to the digital revolution saying that a false feeling of impotence can be a source of frustration for many. The king said that the digital revolution was contributing to a growing gap between the individual and government.
King Filip unleashes unprecedented attack on US and UK
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Here are some additional pics from yesterday:


** pm: Mathilde, aux côtés de Philippe pour son discours aux Autorités **
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How nice of the King of Belgium to lecture us Brits on what our motivations were for voting as we did! I personally have been struggling since the 23rd of June to figure out what prompted me to put the X beside the leave option. According to him it's because I am backwards, selfish and closed-off.

Although, the idea that a monarch of such a state as Belgium - perpetually on the cusp of complete collapse - feels he can teach other countries lessons in this sphere is really quite hilarious.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that there's not going to be any state visits between the UK and Belgium any time soon. If ever again.
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As the article states - and as you can deduct from the event- the king is speaking to high officials from his own country. So he is not lecturing anybody from Britain or elsewhere. He is merely reflecting on the last year & looks ahead, which is what one does at a new year reception.

The king's words were rather diplomatic, unlike the ones chosen by others abroad.

Of course there will be no state visits between any EU-member country and the UK in the next years. There would be no point to such visits.
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Sorry, not convinced. The description of the article says it all - the King launched an unprecedented attack on the UK. It was the sort of attack that a constitutional monarch should not make, whatever the audience. He knew this would be picked up by the press and reported elsewhere, that clearly was the point of holding such a public speech. Queen Elizabeth II would never, in a million years, stoop to that level.

But at least the mouthpiece of the Iranian regime seems to approve!

PressTV-US, UK threaten 'course of history': Belgian king

The UK has apparently deemed a state visit with Belgium irrelevant while we were in the EU so, yes, I suppose it is even less likely now.
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I am sure his speech was approved or perhaps even written by the prime ministers office, which makes it constitutional. There will be few governments in the Western world that will disagree with the Belgian interpertation of these last 6 months.

In december the prince of Wales himself warned about rising populism, in clearer tones than the Belgian king did a few days ago.
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I am sure his speech was approved or perhaps even written by the prime ministers office, which makes it constitutional. There will be few governments in the Western world that will disagree with the Belgian interpertation of these last 6 months.

In december the prince of Wales himself warned about rising populism, in clearer tones than the Belgian king did a few days ago.
That's exactly what I was thinking. Everything Philippe says in official speeches, it's always approved first by the government (if not written by the prime minister altogether). Plus it's clear to me that Belgium as Nation (and the king as its Head of State) will always be against a dissolution of the EU, as it is a great source of income and political relevance for the nation. It doesn't surprise me at all.
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The annual mass for the deceased members of the family was held at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk in Laeken today, February 17:



** ppe gallery ** fb gallery ** belga gallery ** gettyimages gallery **


** dailymail: Shades of grey: Queen Mathilde of Belgium looks anything but dull in a coordinating coat and hat at a commemorative mass in Brussels **
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Our Royal Family : No Astrid, No Lorenz, no Laurent, no Claire, but Esmeralda and Lea.
But luxembourg Royals .
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The annual mass for the deceased members of the family was held at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk in Laeken today, February 17:

** ppe gallery ** fb gallery ** belga gallery ** gettyimages gallery **


** dailymail: Shades of grey: Queen Mathilde of Belgium looks anything but dull in a coordinating coat and hat at a commemorative mass in Brussels **
Princess Esmeralda's son Leopoldo Moncada attended the mass: Belga Image

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Our Royal Family : No Astrid, No Lorenz, no Laurent, no Claire, but Esmeralda and Lea.
But luxembourg Royals .
http://www.facebook.com/BeMonarchie/...11615819102050

I wonder why the minor royals (the half-siblings of King Albert II and the adult children of Princess Astrid) are never on the Belgian monarchy's social media or calendar when they attend public duties, notwithstanding that Princess Esmeralda was seated next to the King and Princess Léa next to her.
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Our Royal Family : No Astrid, No Lorenz, no Laurent, no Claire, but Esmeralda and Lea.
But luxembourg Royals .
Was just thinking the same Madame,very bad that there were so many senior Belgian royals missing from the Family Mass again this year!
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I think that Princess Astrid was near her mother Queen Paola who was at the hospital because she broke her hip , It is very bad for a person of her age and she needs the support of her husband and her daughter
It is what I would have done if my mother would be at the hospital.
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Always the same discussion with the Belgian royal family !! Missing members? They not invited. It is there? yes but it is not happy, they not wanted to be there!
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