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Royal Birthday Celebrations: Who is King Philippe of the Belgians?

Philippe of the Belgians was an unlikely king. Although born second in line to the throne, he was never expected to succeed. In fact, his whole royal life has been filled with surprises. Yet since his accession, in July 2013, he has been praised as a successful sovereign, a royal who has given his dynasty strong foundations for the future. The man who would, unexpectedly, be king was born on…
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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde wrap-up State Visit to Canada

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are back home in Belgium after a five-day State Visit to Canada. The King and Queen were invited by the Governor General Julie Payette. On day three of the State Visit to Canada, Their Majesties braved the cold in Ottawa as they boarded a plane to Toronto. Day one and day two of the State Visit took place in Ottawa. Photo: FPS Foreign Affairs After a short…
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Belgian Royal Family releases images from holiday

Several images of the Belgian Royal Family have been released this evening from their recent private holiday. The images were taken with the permission of the King and Queen by press photographer Yves Herman on behalf of Belgian photo agencies.  Their Majesties King…
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King of the Belgians delivers annual Christmas Eve address

Yesterday afternoon, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium delivered the annual Christmas Eve address. The speech was pre-recorded in the three official languages of Belgium: French, Dutch and German. His Majesty began by recalling a visit earlier in the month by a group of children to meet him in the Palace where he was able to show their curious minds the job of King and even spoke to them about…
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Prince Laurent is 'hiding' from Belgian Prime Minister

Prince Laurent of Belgium is in the news again after reportedly ‘hiding’ from the Belgian Prime Minister. The news comes from Het Laatste Nieuws (anglicised: The Latest News), a Dutch newspaper based in Brussels, that reports the controversial prince is avoiding Prime Minister Charles Michel over his unauthorised trip to China. Earlier this year, Prince Laurent attended a celebration at the…
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