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King of Belgium phones Queen Elizabeth to express condolences following terror attack

King Philippe of Belgium has phoned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to express his condolences following the terror attack in London where three innocent people lost their lives. The King told Her Majesty that the thoughts of Belgium are with the people of the United Kingdon, also expressing his best wishes to the victims as to those recovering in hospital. The terror attack on Wednesday occurred…
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BREAKING: Queen Paola of Belgium rushed to hospital after fall

Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium has broken her hip after falling, the Belgian Royal Court has announced. In order to fix the break, Queen Paola will soon undergo surgery in the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc. She had only just returned home from the hospital last month after fracturing a vertebrae late last year. She was still in recovery for the fractured vertebrae, which was expected to…
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Who is Princess Claire of Belgium?

Claire Louise Coombs was born on 18 January 1974 to Nicholas John Coombs, a British-born businessman, and his Belgian wife, Nicole Eva Gabrielle Thérèse (née Mertens). She has an older sister, Joanna and a younger brother, Matthew. The family moved to Dion-le-Val, near Brussels in Francophone Wallonia in 1977 when Claire was 3-years-old. After completing her primary and secondary education…
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King Albert kept silent on his impending abdication for months

King Albert of the Belgians kept silent on his plans to abdicate for several months at the request of Elio Di Rupo, the prime minister at the time. Di Rupo expressed fears of destabilising the country by N-VA (New Flemish Alliance), a political party. Elio Di Rupo explained this in Belgian TV-programme Royalty Sunday night. King Albert announced on 3 July 2013 that he would be abdicating the…
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