The Belgian Royal Palace released new official images yesterday in celebration of King’s Day in the country (or Koningsfeest in Dutch; Fête du Roi in French; and Festtag des Königs in German – the official languages of Belgium).
The four new photos show Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians in formal attire with their Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold sashes. The Queen is also seen in “the Nine Provinces Tiara”, as well. They were taken at the Royal Palace in Brussels.
With the release of the pictures, the Belgian Royal Palace said simply, “On the occasion of King’s Day we share new official photos.”
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A l’occasion de la Fête du Roi, nous partageons de nouvelles photos officielles. ————— Ter gelegenheid van Koningsdag delen we nieuwe officiële foto’s. ————— Zum Festtag des Königs veröffentlichen wir neue offizielle Fotoaufnahmen. ————— On the occasion of King's Day we share new official photos. © Koninklijk Paleis/Palais Royal/Royal Palace #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe
King’s Day is celebrated each year on 15 November, but it is not an official public holiday. The Belgian Federal Parliament holds a ceremony each year to honour the King, with members of the Belgian Royal Family taking part with the exception of the reigning King and Queen.
This year, King Albert (King Philippe’s father), Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent, and Princess Claire participated. Queen Paola (King Philippe’s mother) could not attend as she is still resting and recovering from a stroke.