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Alexandria 12-31-2003 05:30 PM

Yahoo News

Belgium's King Albert in Bulgaria for New Year
Wed Dec 31, 8:37 AM ET

SOFIA (AFP) - Belgian King Albert II and his wife Queen Paula will see in the New Year in Bulgaria's Borovetz ski resort, in the company of Bulgaria's former king and current prime minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg.

The prime minister and his wife will host the Belgian royals in a former royal residence in the southwestern mountain resort, officials here said.

Saxe-Coburg, a former monarch of Bulgaria, is a relative of Belgium's King Albert and England's Queen Elizabeth. He returned to his country after the fall of communism, ending 55 years in exile, and won legislative elections there in 2001.

USCtrojan 01-01-2004 12:50 AM

Cant wait to see photos from the event.

liliawodna 01-05-2004 03:13 PM

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The largest ski resort in Bulgaria had some royal visitors over the New Year, as the king and queen of Belgium spent a three-day private visit with Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg.

King Albert II and Queen Paola were guests of the premier – who is the country's former monarch and a relative of the couple – and his wife, Margarita Gomez-Acebo y Cejuela. The foursome spent the special occasion at a former royal residence in the Borovetz ski resort, which is located in the Rila mountains.

While staying at the winter sports hotspot, the royal pair also had time to take in some of the historical landmarks in the region, including the medieval Rila monastery. The monastery, located about 120 kilometres south of Sofia, is also the location where the prime minister's father, the late King Boris III, is buried.

The 10th-century building, which was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862 after being destroyed by fire, is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned as a symbol of the 19th-century Bulgarian Renaissance.

Alexandria 01-09-2004 05:49 PM

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IBL - 12/24/2003. King Albert II of Belgium delivers his Royal Christmas speech.

Alexandria 01-20-2004 10:58 PM

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Belgium's King Albert II and Queen Paola welcome NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer for the annual new year's reception at the royal palace in Brussels, 20 January 2004.

didem 01-21-2004 03:28 AM

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Alexandria 01-29-2004 12:00 PM

Just a reminder to not post images directly to the forum but rather as links. Images, no matter how small, affect our bandwidth and I think we can all agree that we don't want to face another temporary shutdown because of bandwidth issues.

Thank you.

Alexandria

Alexandria 02-09-2004 09:10 PM

Getty Images) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Belgium's King Albert II meets with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez, 09 February 2004 at the Royal Palace in Brussels.

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Dennism 02-10-2004 11:13 AM

Belgian King Albert II welcomes Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila 10 February 2004 at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Kabila is on an official three-day visit to Belgium.

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Alexandria 02-16-2004 09:15 PM

(Getty Images) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY16: World number one womens tennis player Justine Henin-Hardenne (2nd from L) and number two Kim Clijsters pose with HM King Albert II (L) and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt after receiving the Grande-Croix de l?Ordre de la Couronne at the Royal Palace February 16, 2004 in Brussels, Belgium. (Mark Renders)

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Dennism 02-19-2004 12:33 PM

World number one women's tennis player Justine Henin-Hardenne and number two Kim Clijsters pose with HM King Albert II and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt after receiving the Grande-Croix de l'Ordre de la Couronne at the Royal Palace February 16, 2004 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Cathérine Bergeyck 04-05-2004 02:46 PM

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King Albert II and Queen Paola meet with Juan Pratt y Coll, Spanish Nato ambassador in Belgium (L) and Carlos Bastarecche Sagues, Spanish EU ambassador in Belgium ®, 12 March 2004 at the Royal Palace in Brussels, to discuss the situation in Spain, after the trains attacks in Madrid that killed at least 198 people, and injured more than 1400.

Gabriella 04-05-2004 07:19 PM

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Originally posted by Dennism@Mar 29th, 2004 - 3:32 am
03/15/2004. Cartoonist Philippe Geluck receives Queen Paola and King Albert of Belgium at his Exhibition "Le Chat s'expose" in Brussels.

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King Albert's expressions crack me up. :lol:

irishchic5 04-30-2004 10:04 AM

I love the shoes!! :lol: :innocent:

Hannelore 05-02-2004 09:40 AM

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Paola and Albert at the party for the wedding of Willem-Alexander and Máxima
Paola wore a really gorgeous blue Armani galadress.

Lyonnaise 05-06-2004 11:28 PM

from the Benelux Royals Message board

A delegation of some children who participated in the celebration of the "feast of the free-thinking youth"

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Lyonnaise 05-06-2004 11:31 PM

King Albert meets the Chinese prime minister, Mr. Wen Jiabao

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(thanks again to the Benelux Royals message board

Cathérine Bergeyck 05-17-2004 05:19 PM

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Albert and Paola at the Danish royal wedding

Cathérine Bergeyck 05-22-2004 09:44 AM

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Albert and Paola at the banquet for the Spanish royal wedding

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sara1981 06-04-2004 02:36 PM

have plans for Princess Louise's christening yet?

Sara Boyce


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