BelgiumEuropean Royals

Who is Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium?

Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita was born on 23 April 2003 at the Clinique Saint Jean in Brussels. She weighed 3.820 grammes and measured 52 cm. Upon her birth, she received the titles of Princess of Belgium and Archduchess of Austria-Este. She is the fifth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium, sister of King Philippe of Belgium, and Prince Lorenz of Belgium. The birth of Princess Laetitia…
Read more
BelgiumEuropean Royals

Philippe at 60: The King of the Belgians

As King Philippe celebrates his 60th birthday, let’s look back at another important day in his life: 21 July 2013, the day he became King of the Belgians. Prince Philippe was born 15 April 1960, the eldest son of Prince Albert and Princess Paola in the reign of his…
BelgiumEuropean Royals

Who is Princess Eléonore of Belgium?

Her Royal Highness Princess Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie of Belgium was born on 16 April 2008 at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht. She weighed 3.210 kg and measured 50 cm. She was born as the fourth child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. Eléonore has one…
Belgium

Philippe at 60: the proud papa

As King Philippe celebrates his 60th birthday this month, we are taking a look back at his life in a series of articles. Here we take a look at the King’s proud moments as a father. The birth of his first child, Princess Elisabeth Embed from Getty Images The proud papa takes a photo of his firstborn Embed from Getty Images With Princess Elisabeth as his younger brother…
Read more
Belgium

A simple message to mark a king's milestone birthday

It’s a very different birthday from the one that was planned, reflecting how life has changed for millions in the coronavirus pandemic. King Philippe of the Belgians turned sixty with a simple message of thanks to his country. The king released a short statement on…
BelgiumFeaturesInsight

Philippe at 60: The Unexpected Heir

Today, we’re looking back at King Philippe’s adult life until he became the King of the Belgians in 2013. Embed from Getty Images After Prince Philippe turned 18, he joined the Belgium Royal Military School and began training. Here, he’s pictured in camouflage during a training exercise, on 16 October 1978. Embed from Getty Images Prince Philippe in another training…
Read more
BelgiumFeaturesInsight

April Sparkle: Belgium's Best Diamonds

The diamond is the birthstone of April. That most sparkling of gems features in many royal collections and today, Royal Central is looking at some of the Belgian Royal Family’s best diamonds. Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara Embed from Getty Images The Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara was presented to Queen Mathilde on her wedding day in 1999—when she became the Duchess of Brabant—by…
Read more