The Belgian Royal Palace has announced that, since July, more than 82,000 people have visited the Royal Palace of Brussels.
Each year, the working palace of the King of the Belgians is open to the public while the monarch and his family are on holiday. It opened this year for the summer season on 22 July. It has been opened each summer since the 1960s.
People have the opportunity to see the state rooms and exhibits; according to the Belgian Monarchy’s website, this includes “culture and arts-related initiatives.” However, there are some rooms in the palace that are not open to the public on Mondays.
By the end of the visiting period in 2015, 184,000 had come to the Royal Palace.
While this is the working palace of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, the King and Queen live with their four children at the Royal Castle of Laeken just outside of Belgium’s capital city of Brussels.
The official website of the monarchy has this to say about the Royal Palace: “The Royal Palace stands on Coudenberg hill, the former residential site of the Emperor Charles V, his predecessors and successors, the Dukes of Brabant and Burgundy respectively, and the Spanish and Austrian governors. The old palace was destroyed by fire in 1731.
“In the 1780s, under Austrian rule, four separate mansions were built in an imposing neo-classical style on what is now the Place des Palais. During the reign of William I, King of the Netherlands, the two innermost mansions were linked by a colonnade. King Leopold II gave the Royal Palace its present-day grandiose appearance.”
The Royal Palace, located in front of Brussels Park, will be open until 3 September. More information can be found here. Entrance to the palace is free; the last entry into the building is at 3:45 pm.