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Former French home of King Leopold II of Belgium sells for 200 million Euro

The historic Villa des Cèdres in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, once the summer home of Belgian royalty, has sold for a jaw-dropping 200 million Euro this month to an unspecified buyer. The 18,000-square-foot property was built in 1830 and operated as an olive tree farm until it was acquired by the second King of Belgium, Leopold II, in 1904. He used it as a holiday home and spent time on the French…
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King Philippe of Belgium modernises Coat of Arms

King Philippe has made some changes to the Coat of Arms of the Belgian Royal Family. His Majesty also introduced a Coat of Arms for his father King Albert II, and Princess Elisabeth has now her own Coat of Arms. For the first time in over 100 years, a Belgian monarch has…
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The highlights of the Belgian National Day

The Belgian Royal Family marked Belgium’s National Day on Sunday, and all eyes were directed towards Princess Elisabeth and her uncle, Prince Laurent. On Sunday, Belgium celebrated its National Day. On the 21st of July, the country commemorates the investiture of King Leopold I of Belgium in 1831, the country’s first monarch. Belgium used to be part of the Netherlands before gaining…
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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visit ancestral castles during visit to German states

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid an official visit to the German federal states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt this week. While in Saxony-Anhalt, they visited an ancestral castle where the head of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha once lived, Friedenstein Castle. Accompanied by the Prime Minister of the German-speaking Community in Belgium, Oliver Paasch, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited…
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A look at the Belgian line of succession

Today we’re looking at the line of succession to the Belgian throne. Current Monarch: King Philippe, who succeeded his father, King Albert II, on 21 July 2013 after he stepped down for health reasons. Photo: Laura Dekkers King Philippe was considered by many…
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The Duchess of Brabant speaks to the press for the first time during Unicef visit

Princess Elisabeth, the Duchess of Brabant, spoke to the press for the first time today. She and her mother, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians have just finished a visit to Kenya for Unicef, and it was the Princess’ first major mission abroad. Princess Elisabeth said, “This is my first visit to a land in East Africa, and I have had many different impressions. It is a very intense and…
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