Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium to Attend the Monaco Princely Wedding. Plus Other News

There were some speculations as to whether or not Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium would attend the princely wedding in Monaco on July 1 and 2, 2011.

Well, it has been confirmed.  According Monaco-Matin, via the Palais Princier de Monaco, the king and queen will attend along with H.R.H. Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, T.R.H.s Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, and H.R.H. Princess Astrid.

To view the updated royal guest-list please click here and scroll down.

Also, to watch a video about the wedding preparations please click the here.  Push the “play” button and roughly a minute and a half into the program the information about the wedding will begin.  If you are having trouble viewing the program, all I can say is sorry.  🙂  Finally, the link will most likely air the princely wedding on July 1 and 2 so you might want to bookmark it if you live outside of France and Monaco.

Source: Monaco Matin

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T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium Attend the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels

On May 19, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium attended the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, Belgium.  Founded in 1957 this famous competition, named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, is solely focuses on classical music.  The events in the competition range from “… piano, voice, violin, and composition” and is “…considered the world over to be one of the most prestigious and most difficult in existence.” 

To learn more about this competition please visit their official website here.

Sources: Concours Reine  Queen Elisabeth Competition, Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of: Daylife by Bruno Fahy/AFP/GettyImages

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T.M. King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium Visit the Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp

On May 17, 2011, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium visited the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) in Antwerp, Belgium.

The MAS museum was designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects and completed in mid-2010.  According to the official website for the museum,, the structure of the building:

…immediately catches your eye. Antwerp’s latest tower reminds us of the 16th-Century storehouses typical of the city of Antwerp and its port. The MAS is designed as a giant storehouse with stacked containers or “boxes”. These museum boxes are stacked in such a way that they create a spiral tower. As you ascend, you get a constantly changing view of the city. A breathtaking 360° panorama awaits you on the roof.

Since its initial completion it took sometime to move the permanent collections into the museum which officially opened today thus the reason Their Majesties visit.  The museum houses, “… ethnological, maritime, ethnic and art historic collections…” 

To learn more about the Museum aan de Stroom please visit their site here.  To view photos of His Majesty King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium at the MAS this afternoon please click the link here.

Source:  Photo courtesy of: by Belga

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Belgian and Spanish Royals to Attend the Beatification of the Late Pope John Paul II

According to the Belgian online newspaper,, T.M.s King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium will attend the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011.  Also, T.R.H.s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias will attend on behalf of the Spanish royal family, according to the newspaper, Rome Reports.

It is unknown at this time if other members of various royal and princely houses will attend, such as Luxembourg and Monaco, but I have a feeling the latter two houses will confirm in the next few days so stay tuned.

To view a video report regarding the royal attendance please click the link:  Video

For more information about the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II please click the links here  and  here.

Source: Rome Repors and

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Another Royal Couple to Attend the British Royal Wedding

The Belgian royal court recently announced that Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium will attend the upcoming British royal wedding on April 29, 2011.

So, here is the list of royals who have confirmed their attendance thus far:

  1. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock
  2. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and H.R.H. Prince Henrik of Denmark
  3. Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway
  4. Ex-King Constantine and Ex-Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  5. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
  6. Sheikha Mozah of Qatar
  7. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Catherine of Serbia
  8. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

Source: Photo courtesy of: by Bauer Griffin

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Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium Visit Maldegem

This afternoon Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Paola visited the East Flemish town of Maldegem, Belgium. Though the visit went well, the royal couple were met with 20 or so protesters who advocate Flemish independence from Belgium.

According to the online Belgian newspaper,

The royal couple were met by Mayor John De Roo and the board of Aldermen were they were received in the House Wallyn. The East Flanders Governor Andre Denys and Defence Minister Pieter De Crem were also present.

The royal couple were given a memento and signed the Golden Book.  After a brief visit they were then greeted by the people of Marktstraat.  Later on, Her Majesty Queen Paola visited the Woon- en zorgcampus Begijnewater home and care campus.  The visit ended with a reception at the local sports Meos.

To view photos as well as to read more about the royal visit to Maldegem please click the link:

Source and photo courtesy of: by Belga


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HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium is an Entitlement queen

Once again, HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium, aka Peter Griffin, continues to annoy the crap out of everyone he comes in contact with.

So, what did the he do this time?  Well, it seems that Laurent is an entitlement queen.

According to the Belgian newspaper,, Laurent ruffled some feathers recently with Brussels Airlines.  Apparently he likes to purchase economy class tickets when ever he travels, but once he is one the plane he demands that he be seated in Business Class (aka an upgrade) because he is a royal.  According those who work for the airline, Laurent harasses the airline staff whereupon many become panicked when his name appears on their Brussels Airline passenger list.

Last June, when Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the Swedish royal wedding, Prince Laurent screamed at a Brussels Airlines stewardess when she asked to see his ticket (which is normal procedure on all flights.)  According to the stewardess asked:

‘Sir, may I  please see your boarding pass?’  Irritated, Laurent showed her his ticket.  It was for economy and he had to be seated in his assigned seat.  Laurent argued with the stewardess, and finally, several minutes later, the Prince finally cooperated and got up from his seat. Fellow travelers on the flight heard him complain whereupon he screamed about the “lack of professionalism” with the airline staff.  Then he pouted like a pissy entitlement queen and moved back to his assigned seat in economy class. A little later came food and drinks.  The Prince refused to pay. ‘Now you want me to pay?’  He then calls another the flight attendant.

A group of Swedish passengers, not familiar Prince Laurent’s reputation, watched with amazement of the scene Prince Laurent was creating.  So, they decided  that since Prince Laurent refused to pay for food and drinks why should they, ‘They started to order drinks,’ said a cabin crew member. ‘One of them said: Put mine on the account of that man over there.’  Gradually, people started to adopt an attitude of: if he does not pay, why us? It was quite a tiring flight. ‘

The antics of Prince Laurent apparently lead to increased irritation. Several members of our cabin crew gave similar testimony about the conduct of Prince Laurent. Not just once, they say, but every time.

‘He always chooses b.light for cheap tickets,’ said one of them. ‘If he comes aboard, he demands a place in business class or by way of compromise, in b.flex (one level below business class, DDC).  His reason:  Because he is a prince and that’s the way it is.

On August 14, 2010, after a vacation with his family in Italy, Prince Laurent boarded a Brussels Airlines flight to Brussels. He had six tickets with him, because he was accompanied by Princess Claire, Princess Louise (7), the Princes Nicolas and Aymeric (5) and a nanny. They are six b.flex tickets, economy, but this time there were several empty seats in Business Class.

‘He just sat down there without asking,’ said one eyewitness. The crew decided not to confront Laurent because they knew he would cause another scene. The behavior of the prince was simply rude.’

What a tool.


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HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium Attends the Vaccination of Homeless Pets At a Railway Station

On February 8, 2011, HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium attended the annual Vaccination for Homeless Pets this afternoon in Brussels, Belgium.  This event is sponsored by the Prince’s foundation, cleverly entitled, The Prince Laurent Foundation.

Meanwhile, many people were confused (and some excited) as to why Peter Griffin from the show, Family Guy, was hanging around the railway station in Brussels.  Soon, they were utterly disappointed when they realized it was only the second son of HM King Albert of Belgium and HM Queen Paola, Prince Laurent.

To view the myriad of photos of Peter, I mean, Prince Laurent of Belgium at the annual Vaccination for Homeless Pets please click the link: Photos

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A New Year’s Reception at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium

The Belgian royal family hosted a New Year’s reception today at the royal palace in Brussels, Belgium.  The attendees included various members of  the European Institutions according to

All in all it looked as if everyone enjoyed themselves.  To view a myriad of photos from today’s New Year’s reception please click the link:  Day Life

Photo courtesy of Day Life by REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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Christmas Speeches From HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM King Albert II of Belgium

This evening a photo was released of HM Queen Elizabeth II giving her annual Christmas speech to the people of the Commonwealth, “…from the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.”

Meanwhile, HM King Albert the II of Belgium delivered his Christmas Eve speech from the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium.


Photos courtesy of by REUTERS/Thierry Roge and  REUTERS/John Stillwell

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The Royal Family of Belgium: A Christmas Concert and Reception

On December 15, 2010, the Belgium royal family held a traditional Christmas concert as well as a reception at the royal palace in Brussels.  Family members include: Their Majesties King Albert II, Queen Paola, Crown Prince Philippe, Crown Princess Mathilde, Princess Claire and her husband Prince Laurent, Princess Astrid and her husband Prince Lorentz, and finally Queen Fabiola.

Guests were treated to a lovely reception in the palace where they ate delicious Belgium hors d’oeuvres and a variety of drinks.

Here is a short video of the gala concert courtesy of


Photo courtesy of by Mark Renders/Getty Images Europe

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Royal Palaces

Since the holidays are now upon us many royal houses will begin to slow down their official duties.  With that being said, I thought I would discuss various royal palaces.  Today I will begin with the Grand Ducal Palace located in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.  Mainly used for official duties the palace was redecorated by the late Grand Duchess Charlotte in the 1960s and again in the early through mid nineties.   It’s a beautiful palace that I hope to see one day.

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Images within the palace are rare; however, during National Day 2010 (Luxembourg’s television network) provided a behind the scenes biography of the preparations of National Day 2010.  Moreover, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was prominently featured.

Video of the Luxembourg’s National Day 2010 preparations:



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TRH Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde Hold A Reception at the Royal Palace in Brussels.


TRH Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe of Belgium held a lovely  reception at the royal palace in Brussels for the Council of the Chairmen of Business Europe.

It’s not a flashy fun event that I usually am interested in, but I thought I would start reporting more about this kind of boring couple for those who may be interested in their activities.

Photo courtesy of Daylife by Mark Renders.

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