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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:

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


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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Originally Posted by Alexandria

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

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


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


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) 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



"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


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...

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