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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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King Philippe steps out "as a father, not as King"

King Philippe took over Queen Mathilde’s annual engagement today as he read to children during the Reading Week. This has a special reason behind it. Each year Queen Mathilde steps out as the Patron of the Reading Week, to read a book to children in an elementary…
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Queen Mathilde speaks up against rude minister

Their Majesties Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium are currently on a State Visit to India. On the second day, the Queen was accompanied by the Indian Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi. On Tuesday the Queen visited Childline, India’s first…
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Queen Mathilde’s uncle on trial for fraud

The uncle of Queen Mathilde of the Belgians is on trial for fraud. “Nonkel Henri” or Count Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz allegedly tried to scam people in Flemish-Brabant for tens of thousands of euros, together with an another man. He has already been convicted to six months in jail for another case. Count Henri, who is 83 years old and a respected lawyer, and the other suspect…
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25% of the Belgians want a republic, claims new survey

The Walloon tv programme Place Royale has conducted a new survey in which several Belgians were asked questions about the current monarchy. The survey showed a quarter of the Belgians want to get rid of the monarchy and make Belgium a republic. After 1500 days of King…
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Belgian jurist argues statues of King Leopold II should not stand

Statues of the second King of the Belgians, Leopold II, belong in a museum and not in any public space. That any still exist and that streets are named for the King is a disgrace. So writes the Belgium jurist from a Congolese background Sandrine Efoko in Knack magazine. “The King was responsible for a barbaric rule in Congo for over twenty years. This policy of terror by Leopold II only had…
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Taking a look at The Royal Order of Leopold

The Order of Leopold is the oldest order of chivalry or knighthood in Belgium having been founded in July 1832, shortly after Belgium gained independence from the Netherlands. It takes its name from King Leopold I, who was the first King of the Belgians and instigated the…
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Prince Laurent's Twitter account deleted

It was discovered yesterday that Prince Laurent of Belgium’s Twitter account (@Laurent_of_B) had been deleted. Members of the Belgian media made the discovery yesterday morning. Many had wondered if King Philippe had pressured his younger brother to delete his account, but the Belgian Royal Court issued a denial saying to Belgian news Belga, “We also found that Prince Laurent’s…
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