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Marengo 01-09-2014 11:16 AM

Prince Laurent, Princess Claire & Family - News & Events, Part 5; Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

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marine2109 01-20-2014 07:53 AM

Prince Laurent & Princess Claire - News & Pictures, part 5; Jan. 2014 -

Laurent of Belgium writes a love letter to his wife Princess Claire
Laurent de Bélgica escribe una carta de amor a su esposa, la princesa Claire

iceflower 01-21-2014 09:43 AM


Prince Laurent visited the European Motorshow Brussels today, January 21.

** belga gallery ** facetoface ** apa/picturedesk ** gettyimages **

Bine221 01-21-2014 11:09 AM

Isn´t that sooo wonderful!? What a love gesture!

I even heard, that the press did not wanted to print the press release in the beginning, because they thought it was a fake. Laurent then had to confirm first :lol:.....

Bye Bine

carlota 01-21-2014 01:24 PM

how sweet. laurent and claire are such an ideal couple, with such strong values shared between them. always a pleasure to know what they are up to.

iceflower 01-26-2014 10:14 AM


Prince Laurent visited the Lego exhibition "The Art of the Bricks" in Brussels today, January 26:

** belga gallery 1 ** belga 2 ** facetoface ** gettyimages ** anp gallery **

** video: Visite du prince Laurent à l'expo The Art of the Brick à la Bourse de Bruxelles **

** Bruxelles: le prince Laurent visite l'exposition The Art of the brick à la Bourse (photos) ** translation **

Anne2 01-28-2014 04:57 AM


Originally Posted by carlota (Post 1635027)
how sweet. laurent and claire are such an ideal couple, with such strong values shared between them. always a pleasure to know what they are up to.

It created surprise in Belgium, but comments are increasingly positive about it.

Marengo 01-31-2014 04:40 PM

The Belgian press is wondering where princess Claire is. She hasn't been seen at a public engagement for 7 weeks. She cancelled her attendence for a few events too.

The 'interview' is awful (see clip in link above), the prince seems at loss what to do and what to say. When VTM television asked why the princess didn't come along he said that the princess is not ill, and added: 'She just doesn't come along any longer'.It gets toecurvingly embarrasing when the journalist goes on:'are there other problems?'... 'but you are looking a bit sad', and later: 'can you calm the fear of our viewers and say that it is going well?' He replies: 'it goes, it goes'.

Let's hope that it is nothing serious and that is just VTM making a fuss about nothing. Reactions in online newspapers are mainly supportive of the prince (and his wife), which for Belgian online newspaper commentators is quite something, as usually the comments are rather verminous.

Fürstin Taxis 01-31-2014 05:14 PM

That´s of course very strange :huh:

Ceallach 01-31-2014 06:27 PM

Prince Laurent says Claire is no longer accompanying him, and seems to imply a split.

Prins Laurent: "Claire komt niet meer mee" | VTM NIEUWS

Prins Laurent: 'Prinses Claire komt niet meer mee.' -

Fürstin Taxis 01-31-2014 06:46 PM

I hope not.
Days ago he told how he is happy to have met and how much her loves her :ermm:

Google Übersetzer

Marengo 01-31-2014 07:02 PM

I suppose that there can be many other reasons for the princess not going to official events. The court unsurprisingly replied with: 'no comment'.

Katrianna 02-01-2014 12:15 AM

This turn in events is certainly troubling, but what information I've read, I can honestly say I couldn't even begin to speculate as to what is happening. There are reasons for Claire's action and Laurent's reply to the journalist, but it remains private. I hope the press is just jumping to hasty conclusions. We may learn in time. Thanks for the news links.

Katrianna 02-01-2014 12:53 AM

Marengo, I was reading some bits on other royal sites about the interview and Laurent "supposedly" stated that Claire "is no longer with me." Was that in reply to why Claire was not accompanying him on appearances and engagements? I apologize, I'm a little confused. Thanks.

Marengo 02-01-2014 03:24 AM

I read that too on Marlene's blog, however it is an incorrect translation. He said 'het is juist dat ze niet meer komt', which means 'it is just/correct that she doesn't come along any longer'.

Anyway... HLN says that everything is well within the marriage. But the newspaper thinks that the prince is going alone out of protest about the lowering of his dotation. And this way they also save money, as the princess usually needs to go to a hairdreser and get expensive clothes before an event.

Prins Laurent: "Als ik minder geld krijg, blijft Claire thuis" -

They use quotes in the articles, but it appears that they are not quoting what the prince said, but what they thought he might think ... :ermm:

I think this is a much more likely scenario than marital problems.

Katrianna 02-01-2014 06:33 AM

Ah, I see. Well, it's always easier for the media to grab the public's attention by hints that a royal marriage might be going sour. If HRH is protesting the lowering his lower dotation, is true, then the added theatrics by HRH makes sense also. ;-). I appreciate your input.

Elektra 02-01-2014 06:56 AM

There were similar rumors a few years ago in UK concerning Prince Edward and his wife the Countess of Wessex. She suddenly cancelled engagements at the last minute and was rarely to be seen for a while.
Then it turned out Countess Sophie was actually expecting their second child !

The media just love to extract drama from nothing ...

rominet09 02-01-2014 07:41 AM

Here the journalists assume it is because the dotation has been diminished.... pure speculation....

liv 02-01-2014 08:23 AM

Laurent and Claire deny rumours of marital problems
Prinz Laurent dementiert Gerüchte über Ehekrise – BRF online

*Mara* 02-01-2014 08:44 AM

Lots of bad and damaging press lately solely because some family members (=Albert, Paola, Claire) didn't show up to important events and the press started guessing what the reasons are. Frankly, if they don’t feel the need to support the King they could at least feel obliged to support the institution monarchy, after all that is what feeds them. There are only six events throughout the year where they are expected to gather together and pretend to be a family: The New Year's reception, the memorial mass in February, National Day, a concert in autumn, King's Day and the Christmas concert. All of them get more than enough money in return for that one can expect them to attend these events, greet each other politely, put a smile on their face and behave like they are interested in what is happening.

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