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Cathérine Bergeyck 06-04-2004 02:52 PM

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Informal photo shoot for the king's 70th birthday

1,2.The king and queen with all their grandchildren

xicamaluca 06-04-2004 03:47 PM


King Albert surrounded by grandkids for his 70th

4 JUNE 2004

Though King Albert II of Belgium will celebrate his 70th birthday on June 6 with a ceremony in the Place des Palais in Brussels, photos taken in honour of the landmark occasion portray the king where he seems to be happiest – surrounded by his growing family.

The Belgian royals gathered at the palace of Laken for the shots, which show the monarch with his wife and eight grandchildren, who range in age from four months to 18 years.

The latest addition to the family is Princess Louise, who was born in February 2004 to Prince Laurent and his British-born wife Princess Claire. Prince Amedeo, the eldest offspring of Princess Astrid and her husband, Archduke Lorenz of Austria, was the king's first grandchild, born in 1986.

It has been a baby boom of sorts for the royal family in recent years, with four new grandchildren – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Princess Laetitia Maria and Princess Louise – all making their debuts since 2001.

King Albert and Queen Paola with their grandchildren. Front, l to r: Princess Laetitia-Maria, Prince Joachim, Princess Louise, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel and Princess Louisa-Maria. Standing: Princess Maria-Laura and Prince Amadeo - Photo: © AFP

Crown Prince Philippe holds daughter Princess Elisabeth - Photo: © PA

konan 06-05-2004 03:33 AM

Oh it's really nice to see how the youngest grandchildren are looking now. It was a long time that I saw photos of Gabriel. Louise is a cute baby and Elisabeth is really looking like Mathilde. She's really becoming a handsome girl.

rox 06-06-2004 06:22 AM

Happy Birtday for King Albert of Belgium ;) :lol: He 's now 70 years old . But I think he's a great king . The Belgium people love him because he is very social . And he has a beautiful family and very cute grandchildren . He mast be a very luckey man ! B)

Sancia 06-06-2004 08:44 AM

On the first pic, Joachim has the same attitude than a "basic teenager".

Gabriella 06-06-2004 02:55 PM

What adorable photos, thanks for posting them! I loved little Elisabeth with her hair in the headband - so cute. She is really starting to look like Mathilde. Louise is also adorable, as is Letiticia (sp?) Funny how she has dark hair while all of her siblings with the exception of Amedeo are all blondes. The photos of Paola with her arms around Albert are so sweet as well.

I also love the one where it kind of looks like Gabriel is pulling Elisabeth's hair.

Dennism 06-08-2004 04:16 PM

To celebrate his Birthday King Albert from Belgium invited artists and writers to the Royal Castle in Brussels. June 8, 2004

The King and Queen

Prince Laurent

Princess Claire helping out her husband

King Albert II

Prince Laurent and Princess Claire

Laurent and Claire again

Crown Princess Mathilde

Princess Astrid and Prince Amedeo

Crown Princess Mathilde

Chatting with some Artists


The King having a good time

The King and Queens

Cutting the Cake

Cathérine Bergeyck 07-16-2004 03:30 PM

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Queen Paola visits the beguinage of Lier, 13/07/2004

Cathérine Bergeyck 08-07-2004 05:06 AM

Belgian King Albert II ©, joined by Interior Minister Patrick Dewael (L) and other government officials, walk alongside a charred building during a visit of the site of an explosion of escaped gas from a leaking pipeline in Ghislenghien, southwest of Brussels, July 31, 2004. The blast, which occurred early Friday, killed at least 15 people and injured more than 100.}

with the firemen


Lyonnaise 08-15-2004 11:47 AM

My goodness, Philippe looks like him. No one can ever deny that those two aren't father and son.


Originally Posted by Cathérine Bergeyck
prince Albert with his aunt, queen Marie José of Italy.

*I've only removed the quoted photo. No part of the text was altered. Alexandria*

GrandDuchess 09-03-2004 02:46 PM

King Albert and Queen Paola on a visit to Hasselt today:

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Cathérine Bergeyck 09-03-2004 02:49 PM

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3rd September 2004.The king & queen payed a visit to the city Hasselt. They were received at the townhall, and then met the people of the city at the "Groenplein". Then the king went to the newspaper "Het belang van Limburg" that celebrated its 125 anniversary. The queen first went to the fashion museum and afterwards to "Boelvaar", a home for elderly people, after that she joined Albert at the redaction of the paper for an official reception.

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-03-2004 02:54 PM

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more photos from today:

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-04-2004 06:15 AM

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2 very nice portraits of king Albert II, taken by Wim Beddegenoodts.

Alexandria 09-04-2004 11:34 AM


Originally Posted by Cathérine Bergeyck
2 very nice portraits of king Albert II, taken by Wim Beddegenoodts.

Very striking portraits of the King.

Were they taken for a particular reason? To comemmorate his recent milestone birthday or something?

GrandDuchess 09-04-2004 12:12 PM

King Albert Visits Breendonk Fortress:

60th National Pilgrimage at the Breendonk Fortress on September 04, 2004 in Breendonk, Belgium. During the occupation of Belgium in WW2 the Nazi's used the fortress as a concentration camp from 1940 until 1944, and took prisoners from here to German extermination camps. After the occupation ended it was used as a prison, but since 1947 it has been a National Memorial.

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-04-2004 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by Alexandria
Very striking portraits of the King.

Were they taken for a particular reason? To comemmorate his recent milestone birthday or something?

I have no idea, I just saw them at

Maybe for his 70th birthday...

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-04-2004 01:47 PM

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Grandduchess, I hope you don't mind I post the pictures again about king Albert visiting the nazi fortress of Breendonk, but I can't see anything at your links...

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-04-2004 02:19 PM

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From their visit to Hasselt:

mybags 09-08-2004 05:02 PM

Next month we should have some very nice pictures of Albert and Paola as they will be traveling to Morocco for a state visit on October 5.

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