On November 15, 2011, Queen Fabiola, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, T.R.H.s Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, Princess Claire and Prince Laurent (aka Peter Griffin from Family Guy) of Belgium celebrated Fête du Roi (King’s Day) in Brussels, Belgium. The celebrations began with a Te Deum Mass at the beautiful Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule with Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard presiding. According to various sources, a dozen student activists from the N-SV (Nationalistische Studentenvereniging) were arrested outside of the Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule by Brussels police. These protestors are not exactly keen on having a royal family… basically they were right-wing anti-monarchists.
After the Te Deum Mass the Belgian royal family visited the Palais de la Nation where they participated in a ceremony held by the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Federal government on the occasion of Fête du Roi. The day ended a military parade outside the Palais Royal in Brussels.
To watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s event please click the links below:
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- Gallery Three (Click where it says Suivant to view the series of photos)
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Source: La Monarchie Belge
Photo courtesy of: Belga