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Alexandria 04-03-2004 02:26 PM

Princess Louise and Princes Nicolas and Aymeric - News and Pictures 1
 
Colorpress

Virelles, Belgium - Prince Laurent, Princess Claire and baby Louise in Virelles.

Pretty in pink

Louise makes 3

Louise and Mommy

Doting Mama Claire

Family walk

Over the bridge we go, 1

Over the bridge we go, 2

Water reflection

Moderator Note: Picture links don't work

Gabriella 04-03-2004 02:31 PM

Thank you for those pictures Alexandria! I haven't seen any of her since she was born. She is absolutely beautiful. She looks so sweet. :flowers:

Fireweaver 04-03-2004 02:33 PM

Louise is adorable. She doesn't look very happy in some of the pictures though. Maybe Mommy and Daddy have her up past her naptime :)

Dennism 04-03-2004 10:07 PM

Or she`s hungry or she is upset that Belgium lost to Germany the other day or she is thinking about a solution to a chemistry problem.

Alisa 04-03-2004 10:10 PM

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Or she`s hungry or she is upset that Belgium lost to Germany the other day or she is thinking about a solution to a chemistry problem.
Chemists don't have problems, they only have "solutions" :P

Dennism 04-03-2004 10:35 PM

Yes. I know. She is cold! That is a distinct possibility.

Alexandria 04-03-2004 11:39 PM

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Originally posted by Dennism@Apr 3rd, 2004 - 9:35 pm
Yes. I know. She is cold! That is a distinct possibility.
Actually, parents are more likely to over dress their babies than under dress them, as it is always easier to remove layers than add layers. So maybe she is too warm ...?

Or she is just being a baby and her facial expressions don't have particular meaning at all! ;)

Dennism 04-04-2004 12:23 AM

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Originally posted by Alexandria+Apr 3rd, 2004 - 10:39 pm--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Alexandria @ Apr 3rd, 2004 - 10:39 pm)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Dennism@Apr 3rd, 2004 - 9:35 pm
Yes. I know.&nbsp; She is cold&#33; That is a distinct possibility.
Actually, parents are more likely to over dress their babies than under dress them, as it is always easier to remove layers than add layers. So maybe she is too warm ...?

Or she is just being a baby and her facial expressions don&#39;t have particular meaning at all&#33; ;) [/b][/quote]
Yeah, probably that last thing.

Jelka 04-05-2004 09:43 AM

Louise hasn&#39;t changed a bit, her face looks exactly the same as on her first pictures&#33;&#33;
What were they doing there? I mean there are so many people, is it just a walk with the family or what?

sara1981 04-27-2004 01:25 AM

I wanted know when Prince Laurent and wife&#39;s baby have christening ? like this summer or in months ? since birth February her baby daughter now as about 2-3 month old.

Sara Boyce

didem 04-27-2004 11:37 AM

Princess Louise very sweet
thank you for photos

Cathérine Bergeyck 07-25-2004 09:37 AM

Laurent and Claire want their daughter&#39;s baptism to be &#39;secret&#39;. Claire&#39;s grandmother, Marie-Louise Mertens, told a Flemish news paper that by the time the press will find out, the child will already be baptized.
Louise is nearly 6 months old. The palace says they don&#39;t know anything about the date either. &#39; Normally a prince or princess is baptized within 4 months&#39;.

The priest who will baptize Louise is Guy Gilbert, who has already spoken to the girl&#39;s godfather, but he does not wish to tell who it is.

source: VRT

Hannelore 07-25-2004 12:26 PM

How stupid, they could just at least do a little gesture towards the public. Like Filip and Mathilde did, by anouncing it beforehand, so people who are interested can come and greet them.

Oh well, I suppose Laurent doesn&#39;t really care about the public :( :(

Genevieve 07-25-2004 12:35 PM

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Originally posted by Hannelore@Jul 25th, 2004 - 11:26 am
How stupid, they could just at least do a little gesture towards the public. Like Filip and Mathilde did, by anouncing it beforehand, so people who are interested can come and greet them.

Oh well, I suppose Laurent doesn&#39;t really care about the public :( :(

I don&#39;t find it "stupid" per se -- as that is a pretty harsh word. I think that it&#39;s the language that has been used in regards to Louise&#39;s baptism that I find disrespectful for the Beglian people who may be interested in Laurent, Claire and Louise and want to wish them well as you say. It&#39;s that Laurent and Claire want the baptism to be "secret" as opposed to "private." Two very distinctly different explanations for a non-public baptism.

Phillippe and Mathilde opted for private baptisms for both their children -- not a lot of fuss or media presence as was the case in Ingrid of Norway&#39;s baptism, but some pictures would be released. And in asking for a "private" baptism, Phillippe and Mathilde made it clear that it was a family-only occasion and not one for a lot of public fuss and attention, but at the same time respecting and honouring the public&#39;s curiosity and interest in their family. Laurent and Claire seem blatantly disrespectful of this interest in saying it&#39;s a "secret" baptism. Yes, they have a right to their privacy, but what&#39;s the big deal of saying that it&#39;s a "private" baptism and asking the public to leave them alone for this one day.

Good thing Laurent and Claire will not be the future King and King consort of Belgium&#33;

Sancia 08-07-2004 04:35 PM

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Originally posted by Genevieve+Jul 25th, 2004 - 10:35 am--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Genevieve @ Jul 25th, 2004 - 10:35 am)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Hannelore@Jul 25th, 2004 - 11:26 am
How stupid, they could just at least do a little gesture towards the public. Like Filip and Mathilde did, by anouncing it beforehand, so people who are interested can come and greet them.

Oh well, I suppose Laurent doesn't really care about the public&nbsp; :(&nbsp; :(

I don't find it "stupid" per se -- as that is a pretty harsh word. I think that it's the language that has been used in regards to Louise's baptism that I find disrespectful for the Beglian people who may be interested in Laurent, Claire and Louise and want to wish them well as you say. It's that Laurent and Claire want the baptism to be "secret" as opposed to "private." Two very distinctly different explanations for a non-public baptism.

Phillippe and Mathilde opted for private baptisms for both their children -- not a lot of fuss or media presence as was the case in Ingrid of Norway's baptism, but some pictures would be released. And in asking for a "private" baptism, Phillippe and Mathilde made it clear that it was a family-only occasion and not one for a lot of public fuss and attention, but at the same time respecting and honouring the public's curiosity and interest in their family. Laurent and Claire seem blatantly disrespectful of this interest in saying it's a "secret" baptism. Yes, they have a right to their privacy, but what's the big deal of saying that it's a "private" baptism and asking the public to leave them alone for this one day.

Good thing Laurent and Claire will not be the future King and King consort of Belgium! [/quote]


I don't think it's disrespectful. But I hope that, as for Lady Louise's baptism in England, there will be at least one official photo.
It's IMO precisely because Laurent will never be King that Claire and him don't want as much fuss as for Elisabeth and Gabriel. And I guess that, if her mother hadn't for a very long time so close to the throne, Laetitia Maria's baptism would never have been what it was.

Cathérine Bergeyck 08-15-2004 05:57 AM

Joanna Grant (Claire's sister), will be Louise's godmother.

Rehza Pahlavi (son of the former sjah of Iran) will be her godfather. He will be an 'unofficial' godfather, because the roman catholic church doesn't allow people with a different religion than the roman catholic to become godparent. (and Rehza Pahlavi is a muslim). He will however be present at the baptism, which will take place in September.

Father Guy Gilbert will baptize Louise.

Cathérine Bergeyck 08-31-2004 02:52 PM

On the site of father Guy Gilbert you can read that Louise will have two godmothers (????) and that -as said before- Reza Pahlavi will be her 'parrain de coeur'. The never ending story I guess, let's just wait and see what happens when she eventually does get baptized.

Meanwhile, Laurent & Claire took their little one with them to France in August to visit Gilbert on his 'farm'.

Alisa 08-31-2004 08:46 PM

From all accounts that I have read on the BRMB he appears to be a rather liberal priest. Can you explain a little more about him Catherine?

thanks:)

moosey60 08-31-2004 11:43 PM

Wow, Louise looks like mini-Laurent. Father Gilbert looks kinda' scary...

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-01-2004 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Alisa
From all accounts that I have read on the BRMB he appears to be a rather liberal priest. Can you explain a little more about him Catherine?

thanks:)

He is liberal and not liberal actually.

He is a bit of a rebel and I understand very well that Laurent likes him so much. Father Gilbert has always been concerned about the cast outs. He's different from a parish priest, because he dedicates himself solely to young criminals, drugusers, people who come out of jail and have nowhere to go, who apparently have no future. Those young people are welcome on his farm and by taking care of the animals, and living together he tries to reinsert them in society. He also says mass every day on his farm.

So this is all very liberal but he does also stay very close to the church. In an interview he said that he is against homosexuals getting married. He likes the pope (but not as much as he likes Louis de Funès -a French actor- :) ), and he said the only reason why he buys condoms for his young people, is because they're not in a condition where they're capable of raising children.

He's a good priest IMO who doesn't want to exclude anyone: at the marriage of Laurent he also welcomed the divorced people in church, and who were watching TV. His speech was wonderful and moved everyone. He adressed the royal guests by saying: "you may have all the titles and all the money in the world, if you don't have love, you're nothing." He also asked to pray for "the child that's not yet born, and that's sleeping in the temple of his mother's body", which made Mathilde (who was expecting Gabriel) wipe away a tear :) .

Guy Gilbert has also written several books, but I haven't read them (yet), so I can't say anything about them. He looks a bit strange (bewildered :) ), but he does a very useful job, and stays close to the church at the same time. At the time of the wedding he said he was proud to be standing near to an archbishop. He's very down to earth and knows how to say things in a direct but beautiful way.

I think that Laurent's current popularity, is largely due to his friend Guy Gilbert (btw he also knows the rest of the royal family. He met Astrid & Philippe and their families when he was in Belgium, and Paola & Albert have also visited him on his farm).

Alisa 09-01-2004 02:44 PM

Wow. Thank you Catherine.

I am impressed with his work to with the societal "cast aways". That says a great deal about him and his beliefs. He also seems to have a great sense of humor (re: the pope). I also like his words on the child in the temple of his mother's body..very beautiful. I remember a photo of the Duchess crying, but I never knew why. Thank you.:)

Sancia 09-04-2004 07:13 AM

Princess Louise will probably be baptized today.
See the link:
https://www.dhnet.be/index.phtml?cont...html?id=105099


Thanks to Cathérine for the information.

ILoveCristina 09-06-2004 09:44 AM

Will there be at least one picture released or is it a totally private baptism?

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-06-2004 04:47 PM

Princess Louise was baptized Saturday afternoon, in the open air, on the grounds of the family Solvay in La Hulpe. The families of Laurent & Claire were present. Other guests were Herman De Croo and Louis Michel (Belgian politicians), Edouard Vermeulen (designer of Natan).



The princess has two godmothers: Marie-Claude Solvay and princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein. Source: VRT

MoonlightRhapsody 09-07-2004 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Cathérine Bergeyck
Joanna Grant (Claire's sister), will be Louise's godmother.

Rehza Pahlavi (son of the former sjah of Iran) will be her godfather. He will be an 'unofficial' godfather, because the roman catholic church doesn't allow people with a different religion than the roman catholic to become godparent. (and Rehza Pahlavi is a muslim). He will however be present at the baptism, which will take place in September.

Father Guy Gilbert will baptize Louise.

You know, I don't know what Tehran is whining about with Pahlavi being an unofficial godfather of choice by Laurent. They're making the son pay for the acts of his father and it's not as if he's there as an official representative of Iran, he just happened to be Iranian in ethnicity.

Frankly, I applaud having someone from a different religion as a godparent, official or otherwise. I'm catholic myself, but I think that having a different perspective on the religions of the world will promote tolerance and peace. That understanding will go especially far with a member of a royal family since they're supposed to set the example.

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-07-2004 03:35 PM

(so far) there are no photos of the baptism and Rheza wasn't present.

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-26-2004 12:49 PM

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Colorpress

Virelles, Belgium - Prince Laurent, Princess Claire and baby Louise in Virelles.

Pretty in pink

Louise makes 3

Louise and Mommy

Doting Mama Claire

Family walk

Over the bridge we go, 1

Over the bridge we go, 2

Water reflection

waypress.com

Hannelore 12-06-2004 11:13 AM

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A few memories of when Louise was just born. Laurent and Claire's family visiting newborn Louise in hospital.

Hannelore 12-06-2004 11:19 AM

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Louise and Claire leave hospital

Hannelore 12-06-2004 11:23 AM

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ally_cooper 02-06-2005 06:14 AM

Congrats to little and cute Louise! Have a nice day

Nichola 02-06-2005 03:45 PM

Happy Birthday Princess Louise - one year has passed so quickly!

I wonder what the little one looks like now, to my knowledge she has not been seen in public for a while?

Hannelore 04-22-2005 05:46 AM

LOUISE, DE STER VAN DE FLORALIËN

GENT — De kleine prinses Louise heeft gisteren de show gestolen op de Gentse Floraliën. Ze zwaaide en lachte naar de vele omstanders, en toen die applaudisseerden, klapte het 14 maanden oude meisje vrolijk mee. Ze had het ook nog op de bloemen gemunt. Louise was naar de Floraliën meegebracht door haar ouders, prinses Claire en prins Laurent (foto).

Claire doopte er met champagne een nieuw soort azalea, die naar haar werd vernoemd. De ‘azalea Prinses Claire’, die pas in 2007 te koop zal zijn, heeft zuiver witte bloemen en bloeit al in december.

«O, ge hebt ze dus in de frigo bewaard», grapte een goedgezinde Laurent. (VDS)

Hannelore 04-22-2005 05:52 AM

Translation
 
LOUISE, THE STAR OF THE FLOWERSHOW

Ghent - Little princess Louise was the one was stole the show yesterday at the flowershow Gentse Floraliën. She waved and laughed at the many people surrounding her, and when they applauded, the 14 months old girl clapped along cheerfully. She also had it in for the flowers. Louise was brought along to the Floraliën by her parents, princess Claire and prince Laurent.

Claire had come to baptize (with champagne) a new kind of azalea, that bears her name. The 'azalea princess Claire' will only be for sale in 2007 and has pure white flowers. It already florishes in December.

"Oh, so you've kept them in the freezer", A very well humoured prince Laurent said jokingly.

source: Het Laatste Nieuws.


Larzen 04-22-2005 06:55 AM

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Thanks for the link Hannelore.
I made a copy from the PDF file, and tried to enlarge it a little, she is very cute and Claire looks great

Hannelore 04-22-2005 09:46 AM

Thanks Larzen! Your technical knowledge goes far beyond mine :)

Hannelore 04-30-2005 05:25 AM

Louise, le portrait de papa (30/04/2005)https://www.dhnet.be/pictures/point.gifLa petite fille du prince Laurent lui ressemble comme deux gouttes d'eau
BLANKENBERGE «Ohhhhh»... Les habitués de la famille royale qui s'étaient massés hier après-midi aux abords du Sea Life de Blankenberge, n'ont pu retenir leurs exclamations quand le monovolume Mercedes du prince Laurent s'est garé sur le parking avec une bonne heure de retard, mais surtout quand la princesse Claire a extirpé de son siège enfant à l'arrière une petite princesse Louise toute blonde, portant pantalon et gilet brun tricoté main. «Le portrait de son papa», s'exclame Elise Jespers, grande habituée des déplacements de toute la famille royale. J'avais vu la petite à sa sortie de l'hôpital et, oui, c'est clairement pour elle que je suis revenue aujourd'hui. On les voit si rarement les enfants des Princes».
Si le Prince est apparu un peu bougon, la princesse Claire, très souriante, la petite Louise dans les bras, n'a pas esquivé la question d'une seconde maternité: «Oh, on verra. Pas tout le monde en même temps dans la famille», nous a-t-elle dit, en faisant allusion à la troisième grossesse de sa belle-soeur Mathilde. Et quand nous lui glissons que Louise ressemble très fort à son père, elle rétorque: «Oh oui, comme deux gouttes d'eau». Le Prince tient une poussette bleue marine et serre quelques mains. Nul doute qu'il va montrer à la petite Louise qui suce son pouce, mais marche déjà toute seule (elle a eu 1 an le 6 février), le pingouin nouveau-né que l'on a ici baptisé de son princier prénom.


Hannelore 04-30-2005 06:16 AM

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LOUISE, DADDY'S IMAGE

LAURENT'S AND HIS LITTLE GIRL ARE LIKE TWO DROPS OF WATER

"Ohhhh"....The faithfull fans of the royal family that had massed at the Sea Life in Blankenberge yesterday afternoon just had to shout when they saw Laurent's monovolume Mercedes arrive (an hour late) at the parking place, and especially when Claire got little princess Louise, all blond, wearing trousers and a hand made brown sweater, from her baby seat. "Her father's portrait" Elise Jespers remarked. This woman follows everything the royal family does. "I saw the little girl when she left hospital after her birth, and yes, it's really for her that I'm here today. We get so few chances to see the princes's children."

Even tough the prince seemed a little moody, princess Claire was very smiling, with princess Louise in her arms. She didn't mind talking about the possibility of a second pregnancy :"Oh, we'll see. We can't all be pregnant at the same time in the family" she told us, making allusion at the third pregnancy of her sister-in-law Mathilde. And when we tell her Louise looks very much like her father, she replies:"Oh yes, like two drops of water". The prince carries the navyblue buggy and shakes some hands. Without a doubt he will show little Louise (sucking on her thumb and walking by herself -she became 1 on the 6th of February-) the new baby pinguin that was born here and that was baptized with the princely name 'Louise'.

Madame Butterfly 04-30-2005 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by montecarlo
Little Louise looks adorable.

Yes, I agree

Hannelore 05-01-2005 04:17 PM

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The little star of the flowershow...

Hannelore 05-01-2005 04:18 PM

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:) :) :) Louise ....

Alexandria 05-01-2005 04:45 PM

Thanks for the pictures Hannelore! :)

I can't remember if I've ever seen baby pictures of either Laurent or Claire, but Louise seems to have a lot of Claire in her -- espeically the big eyes!

Danielle 05-01-2005 05:16 PM

Thank you Hannelore for those photos. It seems as if we have hardly seen any of her. She's so adorable and Laurent seems to really dote on her. Aww!

pdas1201 05-02-2005 11:45 PM

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Princess Louise with her parents at Blackenberge where she baptized a sea penguin "Louise.":)

Hannelore 05-04-2005 05:11 PM

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Another one at the Sea Life Marine Park

KikkiB 05-05-2005 08:10 AM

What a cute kid! Finding comfort in her thumb :D Just like I did when I was a kid!

elenaris 05-08-2005 09:52 AM

She really looks like her father!!!
 
Same eyes, same gesture!
I also can see sometimes the same expression as her cousin Princess Elizabeth!
It would be great if princess Claire would be expecting a little brother or sister!!!
Royal baby boom!!!;)

Nichola 05-08-2005 06:55 PM

Cute cute cute!

Sancia 07-24-2005 07:48 AM

Now that we know Louise will become great sister in January, I expect the twins will be as beautiful as she is.
But I guess it won't be easy for a nearly-two-years-old girl to become in one time sister of two.

Hannelore 07-24-2005 08:14 AM

While she's an exact copy of her father (let's hope that when she grows up she'll have more of her mother than her father ;)), I don't think she looks anything like Elisabeth or any other of her cousins.

Administrator's Note:
To conserve bandwidth, as all of these pictures have already previously been posted, you can find the pictures in this thread: https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6299&page=1&pp=20.

Alexandria

Sancia 07-24-2005 09:07 AM

Thank you very much Hannelore for these photos! Princess Louise is definitely my favorite young (very young ;) ) royal. It will be so nice to see her in few months with the twins, and to see photos of next years' photo session with the twins and her new little cousin.

Danielle 07-25-2005 05:54 PM

Aww, she's so adorable. Thanks everyone for the photos. I like this one in particular: https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...hmentid=136344

Sancia 07-25-2005 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Danielle
Aww, she's so adorable. Thanks everyone for the photos. I like this one in particular: https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...hmentid=136344

I love this one too. I can't imagine how many work Laurent and Claire will have with two babies and a two-year-old girl. They will surely need help.

ailstalia 07-26-2005 04:13 AM

will they hire a nanny?

Hannelore 07-27-2005 03:29 AM

Yes, they will. They already had a nanny to help out with Louise, but recently they hired another one for when the twins will be born

sara1981 07-27-2005 03:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Hannelore
Yes, they will. They already had a nanny to help out with Louise, but recently they hired another one for when the twins will be born

that great!

who hired for nanny? Princess Claire? HM Queen Paola?

Sara Boyce

Martine 07-27-2005 07:51 AM

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Princess Claire and Prince Laurent chose the nanny together at "De Hummeltjes" in Hasselt, a school for nanny's. Princess Astrid and Prince Philip also got their nanny there.

Sancia 07-27-2005 08:45 AM

Lot of thanks for this pic, Martine.
Louise is definitely such a cutie, and I find that for the moment pregnancy suits well to Claire.

Hannelore 07-28-2005 03:34 AM

pregnancy yes, but not those trousers :D

Louise looks very pretty, better than at the photosession in June I think

thank you for the scan Martine!

Sancia 07-28-2005 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Hannelore
pregnancy yes, but not those trousers :D

Louise looks very pretty, better than at the photosession in June I think

thank you for the scan Martine!

I've the slightest impression that a woman pregnant of twins does not have lot of choice for clothes...

Hannelore 07-29-2005 03:34 AM

Oh that's not true, you've got a great range of clothes for pregnant women nowadays (even if they're expecting triplets ;)), and she's got certainly enough money to afford it. Couturiers don't stop making clothes for you when you're pregnant either...

No don't get mad at me, I just don't think her trousers were doing her any favour.
And expecting twins can be physically more tiring but it isn't as though it's like going through hell (if all goes well that is). I've been pregnant twice and apart from the sickness in the beginning it's just really a wonderfull experience that women are priviledged to live.

Sancia 07-29-2005 06:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Hannelore
Oh that's not true, you've got a great range of clothes for pregnant women nowadays (even if they're expecting triplets ;)), and she's got certainly enough money to afford it. Couturiers don't stop making clothes for you when you're pregnant either...

No don't get mad at me, I just don't think her trousers were doing her any favour.
And expecting twins can be physically more tiring but it isn't as though it's like going through hell (if all goes well that is). I've been pregnant twice and apart from the sickness in the beginning it's just really a wonderfull experience that women are priviledged to live.

You're right... I'm sure we'll see Claire in magnificient gala clothes in a few time...;

You have pregnant twice with twins? I'd love to have twins... Wasn't it too hard when they grow up?

Hannelore 08-01-2005 04:23 AM

No no I've never had twins. Having twins twice would be a bit much for me :) But back to Claire...

Hannelore 12-03-2005 09:03 AM

Pics of Louise at the photoshoot in 2004.

Isopix, with Jelka's help.

https://img503.imageshack.us/img503/2...ew333lz.th.jpg https://img498.imageshack.us/img498/9...ew134yb.th.jpg https://img498.imageshack.us/img498/4...ew147hi.th.jpg https://img498.imageshack.us/img498/3...ew155cb.th.jpg

Sancia 12-13-2005 07:17 PM

Louise is now the big sister of two little boys! What an experience to be big sisters of twins!

LaChicaMadrilena 12-14-2005 03:35 PM

What an adorable little lady:)! She looks like her father, but she definately has Claire's eyes!

Lila Rose 02-07-2006 06:17 PM

Princess Louise celebrated yesterday ( 06-02) her second birthday !!!


Happy Birthday Louise !

Lila Rose 05-12-2006 07:43 PM

Princess Louise and Princes Nicolas and Aymeric - News and Pictures 1
 
In my newspaper ( Het Belang van Limburg) was written today :

Princess Claire and Prince Laurent want to show their twins , Nicolas and Aymeric , who were born 6 weeks earlier then expect .They want to show them very soon , so everybody can see there's nothing wrong with the boys , who are healthy and doing fine.
Laurent told wednesday that Claire had give her permission .
" We understand that people want to see our boys , but we had a difficult time , and we want to keep our misery inside the family "

So we can expect any day now the FIRST pictures of twinboys , Nicolas and Aymeric !:)

================================

Part 1 of this thread can be found here:

https://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...-1-a-8254.html

Kelly 05-12-2006 07:52 PM

Misery? What does she mean?

Lila Rose 05-12-2006 07:59 PM

I don't know that either :confused: .

soCal girl 05-12-2006 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Kelly
Misery? What does she mean?

The twins were premature, so naturally Laurent and Claire must have been worried. They should have been in the womb six more weeks. They were underweight so if they had taken pictures right away, there would have been a lot of "they're not heavy enough, maybe they're not fed enough" etc. which is completely ridiculous but you know tabloids. IMO Claire and Laurent just waited until the twins gained weight and were more in the normal range. I'm sure Claire and Laurent also wanted to spend time with Nicolas and Amyeric and Louise before exposing the boys to the press.

Oppie 05-12-2006 08:25 PM

The other thing is if they had released pictures to the press, those pictures may have been repeated and they would have been reminded always that there boys were so small when they were born. Also with premie's it is possible that they had breathing and eating problems which might have been reflected in the pictures.

azile 05-12-2006 08:47 PM

Even if the boys were healthy right from birth, there is a certain amount of anxiety associated with premature births. It IS very stressful (and I know from first hand experience) and I can completely understand why they have waited until their family was settled and the boys were thriving before presenting them to the media.

Eliza

rominet09 05-12-2006 09:07 PM

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Originally Posted by azile1710
Even if the boys were healthy right from birth, there is a certain amount of anxiety associated with premature births. It IS very stressful (and I know from first hand experience) and I can completely understand why they have waited until their family was settled and the boys were thriving before presenting them to the media.

Eliza

At least some good news.
I hope it will be soon I can't wait

redfox6 05-12-2006 09:50 PM

Sometimes preemies are unattractive, as they are very small and wizened. They fill out and they look fine. It is difficult for parents to think that others would think their children are "ugly". It all evens out. They will look fine. It must be hard druing those times for the parents. I assume that is what she meant.

elenaris 05-13-2006 05:15 AM

That's great
 
I am looking forward to seeing thosen littles precious babies!:)

wimaamal 05-13-2006 05:33 AM

First see, then believe...:mad:
I'm very ready with them since they don't react to cards and such...
Ofcourse the little ones can't help that, but Laurent and Claire are not my favourites...:mad:

Sancia 05-13-2006 05:47 AM

I completely understand Claire and Laurent's reaction. Having twins is very stressful and is giving more "trouble" than having a single kind. I just suppose the babies are now fine.
Furthermore, the belgian RF is setting a photo-session every year in May or June, so I guess we'll see all the babies soon.

purple_platinum 05-13-2006 06:12 AM

Please do not turn this new thread into a continuous one on Nicolas & Aymeric's looks.
Thank you.

Jess
Belgian Forum Moderator

stellad 05-13-2006 06:21 AM

Laurent and Claire did the right thing by keeping their babies out of the spotlight since they were prem babies. Having had a prem baby myself, I can just imagine what they were going through. Nevertheless I am looking forward to seeing pics of the twins.

Stellad

rominet09 05-13-2006 09:30 AM

"Out of the spotlight" ?
 
I agree they don't want to put them in the spotlight but it is putting them in the spotlight to supply the press and the Belgian people (who love Laurent et Claire" with a pic when the twins have gained a little weight ????:eek:
We only ask for a little pic !

Nichola 05-27-2006 04:45 PM

I agree with you Stellad, but the twins are now almost six months old and still no pictures have been released...the longer they leave it, the more people will speculate.

Lady Louise was premature too, and her parents waited something like two months to release official portraits, once she had gained a bit of weight. I wonder why Laurent and Claire are waiting so long - I hope everything is okay with the little ones?

sara1981 05-27-2006 05:18 PM

but i knew that Laurent and Claire always smart of their twins baby boys stay out of spotlights because not wanted steal the spotlights its really hards for that.

like Sophie,Countess of Wessex always knew about her daughter wanted stay out of spotlight dues respect her i cant blame her mostly parents who is royals wanted show or not cant blame for that.

MoonlightRhapsody 05-27-2006 05:59 PM

Pictures are always at the discretion of the parents. Laurent and Claire are under no obligation to release pictures of their children to the public unless they want to. The best we can do is hope for pictures to satisfy our curiosities but at the end of the day, it's up to Laurent and Claire. Plus, the twins were in a shaky situation after birth and twin births are always high risk. I don't blame them to want to shelter and coddle their twins first without presenting them to the public yet.

Sancia 05-27-2006 06:05 PM

Laurent said a week ago they would release pics soon: they had some "misery" with the babies but now everything was ok and Claire agrees to show pics.

Lady Jennifer 05-27-2006 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nichola
I agree with you Stellad, but the twins are now almost six months old and still no pictures have been released...the longer they leave it, the more people will speculate.

Lady Louise was premature too, and her parents waited something like two months to release official portraits, once she had gained a bit of weight. I wonder why Laurent and Claire are waiting so long - I hope everything is okay with the little ones?

Maybe they are waiting for some official holiday or something- a special occasion to release pictures. Didn't they release pictures of Lady Louise at Christmas or her baptism.

Fie 06-06-2006 05:54 AM

I wouldn't be surprised if they did have a rough time... Don't forget that besides the twins they have little Louise running around. And two-year old's aren't exactly the easiest years! They aren't called the "Terrible Two's" for nothing!

Also, during the broadcast of "Royalty" on the Flemish television in the weekend they showed Prince Laurent visiting a school. It was also mentioned that little Louise was allready enrolled at that school. As she was born in February 2004 she can start school as early as September 2006 at the age of 2,5 years old. Children starting nursery school have to be potty trained. So that's something else they have to deal with. But besides the potty training they also have to prepare their daughter for school life, by visiting the school or even plan in a try-out morning/afternoon where Louise will spend a morning or afternoon in the classroom playing and getting to know the routine of that school. Other preparations might include buying her her first bookbag (a little rucksack for some comfort toy's, some clean clothers in case of an accident, a biscuit for morning break and a small drink).

In the same programme there was some footage of Prince Laurent baptizing a rose which carried the name of his wife Princess Claire. He was asked by some spectators how the twins were doing (fine, but princess Claire had prefered to stay with her kids rather than baptizing the flower herself). He was also asked about a photoshoot, but he said they were still discussing it.

It's up to the parents to decide when they want to publish pictures of their boys, so we'll just have to wait and see...

Cmd 06-09-2006 02:17 PM

I've just read in a Belgian newspaper that Louise will be attending a private school - The British School - this isn't the traditional 'royal' way. If she does her whole schooling at this school, this means she won't have any Dutch classes .... Are the Belgian schools not good enough for Louise ?
The article also says the couple and their daughter are currently on vacation in Sicily ; no mention of the twins.

"La fille du prince Laurent n’y aura, par exemple, pas de cours de néerlandais. Shocking ?

TERVUREN Il est de tradition, au sein de la famille royale belge, d’inscrire les petits Princes dans une école publique belge pour les premières années de leur scolarité. Élisabeth fréquente ainsi le collège catholique Sint-Jan Berchmans, à Bruxelles, et son petit frère Gabriel la rejoindra en septembre. Les enfants d’Astrid y sont également passés et certains encore inscrits comme élèves. Maria-Laura, bientôt 19 ans, est, elle, désormais inscrite à l’école internationale St John’s à Waterloo. Mais jusqu’ici, personne n’a dérogé à la règle de l’enseignement traditionnel bien belge pour débuter le cursus scolaire.

Personne… sauf Laurent de Belgique, qui confirme décidément sa réputation d’enfant terrible de la famille royale. Celui qui refuse toujours de livrer la moindre photo de ses jumeaux, nés en décembre, a en effet décidé d’inscrire la petite Louise, deux ans et demi en septembre, au jardin d’enfants de la British School of Brussels. Il s’agit d’une école privée anglaise, à Tervuren. On imagine que les origines britanniques de la princesse Claire ne sont pas étrangères à ce choix, mais la décision est étonnante à plus d’un titre : le Prince, qui reçoit une dotation de 280.000 € par an environ, jugerait-il l’enseignement belge moins bon pour sa fille ? “Le choix des Princes concernant la préscolarité (non obligatoire) de leur fille tient compte de multiples facteurs personnels”, dit-on au Palais, sans autre commentaire.

A la British School, où la langue de référence est exclusivement celle de Shakespeare, le droit d’inscription, rien que pour le jardin d’enfants (une demi-journée) est fixé à 5.000 €. Rien de tel dans le réseau officiel belge, évidemment. Et, par la suite, l’inscription peut aller jusqu’à 23.500 € dans les années supérieures !

Le Prince, actuellement en vacances en Sicile avec son épouse et Louise, n’était pas joignable hier. On notera par ailleurs que si la petite princesse de Belgique poursuit sa scolarité à la British School, elle n’étudiera pas le néerlandais puisque des cours dans cette langue n’y sont pas dispensés, à l’inverse du français et de l’espagnol."

www.dhnet.be

Lila Rose 06-09-2006 02:44 PM

In my newspaper I road that the twins were home with the nanny, while Laurent , Claire and Louise were on vacation in Italy

martha-louise 06-09-2006 03:40 PM

What a silly article. The princes live in Tervueren, the Britisch School is just a quality school nearby. I gues Louise speaks french with her parents, but already is learning dutch with her nanny. By sending her to a Britisch School, she won't have a french accent speaking English later, 'cause she is very young to learn.
I think her father knows well enough how important it is in Belgium to speek well Dutch.

Cathérine Bergeyck 06-09-2006 03:55 PM

I agree, and Louise is half British after all, that's not less important than the other, Belgian, half.

Lila Rose 06-10-2006 12:50 PM

I think also that they just sending Louise to this british school , so she can learn also english , as she is half british . She has a dutch nanny , so she also speaks dutch . I don't think you have to make a point of that.

elisabetteke 06-10-2006 01:20 PM

I hope this learning 3 languages at the same time, will not become too much for princess Louise.
Learning 3 language at the same time can be very confusing for a child and you have to be carefull with that.
But if you do it the right way everything will be fine and she will have a lot of advantages of it in her later life.
I wich Louise all the best!

Danielle 06-10-2006 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by elisabetteke
I hope this learning 3 languages at the same time, will not become too much for princess Louise.
Learning 3 language at the same time can be very confusing for a child and you have to be carefull with that.
But if you do it the right way everything will be fine and she will have a lot of advantages of it in her later life.
I wich Louise all the best!

When people are children, they pick up things, especially languages, much faster than any other time in their life. Learning three languages will not be a big challenge for her. I know a family where the husband is Spanish and the wife is French. The children learnt to speak French to their mother, and Spanish to their father, and used English for everyone else. I guess this is what will happen with Louise.

flcty 06-10-2006 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danielle
When people are children, they pick up things, especially languages, much faster than any other time in their life. Learning three languages will not be a big challenge for her. I know a family where the husband is Spanish and the wife is French. The children learnt to speak French to their mother, and Spanish to their father, and used English for everyone else. I guess this is what will happen with Louise.

that's true. kid's pick up things very quickly. i could speak fluently in chinese, italian and english beacuse i learnt them at a young age. i was surroneded by family who could speak it and developed an accent accustomed to the tone that they were speaking in. now i'm older i'm learning german and it's taking me a while to understand the grammar (i got a B in my German Exam, just started learning this year, hope to be put into the mainstream class nxt yr) and the prnounciation is a bit difficult. just, GOOD LUCK LOUISE. dutch is pretty hard to learn and by the sound of pple and news reports from belgium, they will eat her alive if she can not speak it well ( abit, over the top, sorry :rolleyes: ;) :p ).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUISE

pandora 06-10-2006 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danielle
When people are children, they pick up things, especially languages, much faster than any other time in their life. Learning three languages will not be a big challenge for her. I know a family where the husband is Spanish and the wife is French. The children learnt to speak French to their mother, and Spanish to their father, and used English for everyone else. I guess this is what will happen with Louise.

Learning three languages at the same time for a young child is not a problem indeed. My two sons spoke French and Dutch at home when they grew up and they were attending an American school. They are now grown up and have no accents whatsoever in any of those languages.

crm2317 06-16-2006 09:10 AM

I read in another forum that the couple wanted 2 show off ther twins. This was a while ago and still we hav seen nothing. Im beginnin to wonder is ther problems in the home. I hope not cos i think dey make a wonderfull family

rominet09 06-24-2006 09:59 AM

We Will See The Twins Today On 24th Of June On 'place Royale" On Rtl Tvi Television

flcty 06-24-2006 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rominet09
We Will See The Twins Today On 24th Of June On 'place Royale" On Rtl Tvi Television

will it be available to see it online? if so please post a link.
thankyou so much in advance :) :D

elisabetteke 06-24-2006 04:04 PM

I have seen the twins on television. They are so cute and they look beautiful. Princess Louise is very cute too. I have been looking if you can watch it on the internet but I haven't found anything not even a picture.
I hope this will change soon so that everybody around the world can see them.


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