Post by MadameConcorde on Jul 21, 2013 6:42:05 GMT -5
Long Live King Philippe of Belgium! Long reign and good health!
What a beautiful family!
Le Roi Philippe acclamé par le Parlement, puis par les Belges (DIRECT)
Au balcon, un couple souriant et détendu
Tous les observateurs ont souligné que le couple royal était particulièrement détendu et "à l'aise" en se présentant à la foule depuis le balcon du Palais royal avec leurs enfants, mais aussi les autres membres de la famille royale. La Reine Mathilde était même radieuse, pour le plus grand plaisir des spectateurs qui ont patienté de longues heures dans le soleil.
Post by MadameConcorde on Jul 21, 2013 14:01:15 GMT -5
The new first family: Belgium's King Philippe joins wife Mathilde and their four children on royal balcony after his father abdicates
King Albert's 20-year reign officially came to an end during a series of ceremonies in Brussels The 79-year-old monarch handed the throne over to his son Philippe after he swore the king's oath
King Albert of Belgium abdicated earlier today after a 20-year reign, clearing the way for his son, Philippe, to take over as this fractured nation's seventh king later in the day.
The 79-year-old signed away his rights as the kingdom's largely ceremonial ruler at the Royal Palace in the presence of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who holds the political power in this 183-year-old parliamentary democracy.
The country will get a new king when Prince Philippe, 53, takes the oath before the nation's legislators at the Parliament building a short walk across the Royal Park in the heart of the city.
not really into those Belgian Royals, but that's because I don't find them particularly interesting. They are pretty low key, which is fine and the outfits of Mathilde, we have mostly seen worn better by Maxima. but Laurent I really don't like at all. He has the ick factor. With his wife they look a rather miserable couple, though I like her better then him, even if she isn't particularly attractive. But I gues Laurent didn't really have a crowd of takers to chose from.... I think he displayed what an illbred Royal he is. sunglasses in church? Really. He would have made a perfect fit for trashy though, but even he had better taste then Albert... www.sudinfo.be/771569/article/actualite/belgique/2013-07-22/intronisation-de-philippe-le-prince-laurent-a-tire-la-tete-toute-la-journee-phot
anyone else think that Astrid hasn't aged well? SHe used to look quite pretty, but these days she look rather frightening...