His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium Proposes to Cut the Royal Family’s Allowance

With his country in serious financial debt, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium proposed to cut the royal family’s allowance for 2012 through 2013.  In a statement from the royal palace, His Majesty “…aims to voluntarily contribute to economy measures…” decided by the new government to avoid breaching the EU’s 3% deficit threshold.  According to the Associated Press, the royal family received an allowance of around $13 million (roughly) in 2011. His Majesty also offered to pay for maintenance as well as for the extensive renovations needed on royal residences, which is normally financed by the state.

Sources Associated Press and La Monarchie Belge

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The Belgian Royal Family Attend a Christmas Concert at the Palais de Bruxelles

On December 14, 2011, King Albert II and Queen Paola attended Christmas concert, followed by a reception, held at the Palais de Bruxelles (Palace of Brussels). Also in attendance were Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz. The concert is provided by the orchestra “deFilharmonie” and with soloists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe.

To view photos please click the links below:

Source: La Monarchie Belge

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium Attends a Christmas Concert. Plus, News Regarding His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium

On December 8,, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium attended a Christmas concert for the Queen Paola Foundation (QPF) held at the Hotel Plaza in Brussels. Those who performed during this annual concert included soprano, Haeran Hong and tenor, Thomas Blondelle. They were accompanied by Philippe Riga on the piano. The Christmas concert is an opportunity for the Queen Paola Foundation to bring together those who help the QPF with the projects the Queen Paola Foundation supports.

Meanwhile, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium hosted a reception to mark the tenth anniversary of the “Laeken Declaration on the Future of the European Union,” held at the Château de Laeken.  To view photos please click here.

Source: La Monarchie Belge

His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium News Regarding His Operation

His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium underwent surgery this morning to treat Basal cell carcinoma on his nose.  According to a palace spokesperson, the operation  — which took place at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc — was a success and is recovering well. King Albert II was released from the hospital and is currently resting at Château du Belvédère.

Source: 7sur7.be

H.M. King Albert II of Belgium Attends the 100th Anniversary of the Conseil de Physique Solvay

On October 18, 2011, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium was at the Plaza Hotel in Brussels to attend the 100th anniversary of the Conseil de Physique Solvay.  During the event — organized by the International Institutes of Physics and Chemistry Solvay — the king participated in an academic meeting alongside many notable physicists as well as past Nobel Prize winners.

 Click here to view photos from the event.

Source: La Monarchie Belge

The Belgian Royal Family News

On October 4, 2011, at Château de Laeken His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium had an audience with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.  After the meeting there was a nice luncheon at the château in honor of President Rousseff’s visit.  Also in attendance was Her Majesty Queen Paola, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, T.R.H.s Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, and Queen Fabiola.

Later that afternoon members of the Belgian royal family along with President Rousseff attended the opening of the Europalia Brazil Festival and exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.  In case you were wondering why Prince Laurent, aka Peter Griffin, did not grace his lovely presence at the luncheon or at the festival, well, he wasn’t invited.  Why?  He’s still banned from the palace.

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Photo courtesy of: Daylife/B. Doppange/AFP

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, MAS.be, 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: MAS.be  Photo courtesy of:  Nieuwsblad.be by Belga

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

According to the Belgian online newspaper, Knack.be, 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 Knack.be