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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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Who was Queen Fabiola of Belgium?

Queen Fabiola of Belgium was the Spanish-born consort of King Baudouin of Belgiumand reigned alongside her husband from 1960 until his death in 1993. Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón was born on 11 June 1928 in Madrid, Spain, to Don Gonzalo de Mora y Fernández y…
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King Philippe brings a piece of Belgium for King Willem-Alexander

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians have brought a little something special for the state visit to the Netherlands; a piece of land. During the start of the state visit to the Netherlands, both countries will sign a border correction treaty concerning the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. The Belgian peninsulas Presqu’île de L’llal and Presqu’île…
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Round up of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde State Visit to Japan

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have ended their 5-day state visit to Japan today. Emperor Akihito invited the royal couple. Here’s a summary of all the most important activities. Close Ties The ties between Belgium and Japan are very close. But it is not only the two nations that are close. The Belgian Royal Family and the Japanese Imperial Family are known to have a very good…
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