The inheritance of Queen Fabiola of Belgium has been settled. Queen Fabiola died on 5 December 2014 after a widowhood of 21 years. Her husband had reigned as King Baudouin of the Belgians from 1951 until his sudden death in 1993. The couple had no children and Queen Fabiola spoke of her five miscarriages in 2008, with the words ‘
Her husband had reigned as King Baudouin of the Belgians from 1951 until his sudden death in 1993. The couple had no children and Queen Fabiola spoke of her five miscarriages in 2008, with the words ‘You know, I myself lost five children. You learn something from that experience. I had problems with all my pregnancies, but you know, in the end I think life is beautiful’.
King Baudouin was succeeded by his brother King Albert II, who abdicated in favour of his son Philippe in 2013.
As Queen Fabiola and King Baudouin had no children she had willed all her possessions to the charity Aid Fund of the Queen, which helps Belgians in need and is currently chaired by Queen Mathilde. The inheritance is estimated to be around € 100 million (around £75 million).
Though it certainly is charitable, approximately 37 Spanish nephews and nieces will not receive a single penny. One anonymous nephew complained to a Spanish newspaper and has hinted that they are considering legal action to retrieve art that used to belong to the de Mora family. He doubts that Queen Fabiola truly wished to leave everything to the charity as he claims she said to him that she would support them her whole life.
Items included in the inheritance are letters of King Baudouin, furniture and pieces of jewelry. The aid fund can decide to auction the items, transfer them to the use of the Belgian royal family or even keep them in a vault hidden from public view. However, no intentions have made public.
Queen Fabiola was interred in the Church of Our Lady of Laeken in the same tomb as King Baudouin on 12 December 2014.
Photocredit: Tomb at Laeken by Moniek Bloks