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Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-31-2019, 04:22 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
My understanding is that the UK is quite...

My understanding is that the UK is quite different in that respect. In continental Europe and even in the US/Canada, most kids go to state schools ("public schools" in US lingo), whereas , in the UK,...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-30-2019, 08:46 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
Probably improving his English skills and ...

Probably improving his English skills and possibly preparing for university study overseas ( maybe in England or the US) ?
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 07-20-2019, 02:42 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
The English Wikipedia says that Philippe was...

The English Wikipedia says that Philippe was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold only in 1990 when he was already about 30 years old.



If the same pattern applies to Princess...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 12-21-2018, 04:20 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
He had been serving as de facto Regent though...

He had been serving as de facto Regent though since August 11, 1950, i.e. almost one year before his father's abdication.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 11-27-2018, 03:55 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
I don’t expect Elisabeth to be given a new 18th...

I don’t expect Elisabeth to be given a new 18th birthday gift tiara. I believe, however, that she is likely to get a brand new wedding gift tiara one day. If she ever requires a tiara before she...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 11-27-2018, 03:59 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
Under the Belgian constitution, the heir is...

Under the Belgian constitution, the heir is eligible to succeed upon attaining the age of 18. I don’t know either if that was already the case when Baudouin came of age.

EDiT: I checked the...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 11-26-2018, 05:22 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
I don’t think the Belgian RF is into big public...

I don’t think the Belgian RF is into big public celebrations. They are a very low-key Royal House and the political environment in Belgium doesn’t Allow them to act otherwise anyway. I expect the...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 11-25-2018, 11:26 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
I don't think they do that in Belgium. The...

I don't think they do that in Belgium. The Princess of Asturias will have to do it in Spain though when she turns 18.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-30-2018, 05:29 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
The references in the 2015 decree to a “ surname”...

The references in the 2015 decree to a “ surname” as long as it is used , and other titles that one may bear by his/her ancestry were already, if I am not mistaken, in the 1991 royal decree....
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-28-2018, 01:09 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
She doesn't need to translate "van BelgiŽ" to...

She doesn't need to translate "van BelgiŽ" to English. In fact, "van BelgiŽ" would sound better IMHO as it would look like an actual "foreign name" as opposed to "of Belgium", which would be odd as...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-28-2018, 12:32 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
I am pretty sure everybody in her class will know...

I am pretty sure everybody in her class will know who she is , i.e. a princess and a future queen. That doesn’t mean she will be treated differently from the other students. The college is used to...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-28-2018, 12:26 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
If she didnít speak English, she would not have...

If she didnít speak English, she would not have been accepted to the college as the language of instruction there is English.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-28-2018, 07:30 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
It will be a good experience for Elisabeth to...

It will be a good experience for Elisabeth to live in a school dorm where she will be treated like any other girl rather than being a Crown Princess living in a royal castle.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 08-23-2018, 06:58 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
I think she will continue to attend the National...

I think she will continue to attend the National Day celebrations as they take place in the summer during school vacation.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-24-2018, 04:49 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
Yes, according to Wikipedia.

Yes, according to Wikipedia.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-24-2018, 03:27 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
Thanks, Hannelore. I am pretty sure the quality...

Thanks, Hannelore. I am pretty sure the quality of Belgian schools is uniformly high, but I assume there must be some implicit ranking in terms of average grades in school-leaving state exams and...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-24-2018, 07:28 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
One public fact about the Belgian royal kids is...

One public fact about the Belgian royal kids is that their parents are definitely very demanding. Mathilde for example wanted all her children to learn music (Elisabeth for example plays the piano, I...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-23-2018, 07:12 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
Her school record is obviously private, but, from...

Her school record is obviously private, but, from what I have heard over the years about the Duchess of Brabant, she seems to do well academically and her school in Belgium is known to have very...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-20-2018, 08:32 PM
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Posted By Mbruno
I agree that doing part of your university...

I agree that doing part of your university studies abroad is now common in Europe and actually encouraged. For Elisabeth, it would probably be mandatory anyway to spend some time overseas as an...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-20-2018, 08:00 AM
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Views: 104,287
Posted By Mbruno
Aren’t the complaints against the Belgian royals...

Aren’t the complaints against the Belgian royals usually about money ? Anyway, the Palace said that the King would personally foot the bill.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-20-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 104,287
Posted By Mbruno
Judging from a sample of reactions in Belgian...

Judging from a sample of reactions in Belgian newspapers comment sections, I would say it is mostly negative. They are complaining that it will cost 25,000 euros/ year and that Belgian schools are...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 03-20-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 104,287
Posted By Mbruno
I actually symoathize with the Belgian people...

I actually symoathize with the Belgian people in their negative reaction. The natural course would have been for Elisabeth to finish secondary school in a Dutch-speaking school, then go to...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 10-25-2017, 07:41 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
Soon she will wear her first tiara (at 18 maybe...

Soon she will wear her first tiara (at 18 maybe ?). I wonder if she will inherit the Brabant Laurel Wreath, or if she will get a new small tiara.
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 09-02-2017, 03:36 AM
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Views: 104,287
Posted By Mbruno
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Music has been a big part of the Belgian royal family's life since the days of Queen Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde is keeping up with this traditiion by making sure that her children play instruments...
Forum: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Family 10-25-2016, 08:59 AM
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Posted By Mbruno
Not one of her best looks though, at least in my...

Not one of her best looks though, at least in my humble opinion.
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