Belgium

Delphine Boël's road to recognition

In a very unexpected statement, King Albert II of Belgium admitted that he is indeed the father of Delphine Boël. The statement has made an end to a seven-year-long legal battle between father and daughter. But who exactly is Delphine Boël? And how come King Albert II has waited for so long to recognise his daughter who was born out of wedlock? Here’s a recap of the full story. On the…
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Belgium

Who is Queen Mathilde of the Belgians?

Mathilde Marie Christiane Ghislaine d’Udekem d’Acoz was born on 20 January 1973. She is the oldest child of Jonkheer Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz and his wife, Countess Anna Maria Komorowska. Through her mother’s paternal family, Mathilde has Polish noble ancestry, as well as Polish–Lithuanian Princely ancestry through her mother’s maternal family. Her maternal grandmother was a Princess…
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Which royals are buried at the Crypt at Laeken?

The Royal Crypt at Laeken (near Brussels) in Belgium is the final resting place of the Belgian royals. It is inside the Église Notre-Dame and was built in memory of Queen Louise of Belgium (born Louise of Orléans), who was the second wife of King Leopold I – who had…
Belgium

VIDEO: King Philippe of Belgium talks about injustice, poverty and exclusion in Christmas Eve broadcast

The King of Belgium has taken about how we must not remain indifferent to injustice, poverty and exclusion in his annual Christmas Eve broadcast. In his address to the nation, King Philippe said: “We know… the challenges we face: for our society, for the planet. “We keep saying they need to be tackled urgently. And for the most part we also know what the solutions are. The…
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Belgian and Luxembourg royals mark 75th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

Yesterday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge alongside Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium. Also in attendance was United States Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper; President of Poland, Andrzej Duda; and the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Embed from Getty…
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