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Belgian National Day 2020: in pictures

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It was a very different National Day for Belgium’s Royal Family today. A day of celebration became a moment for commemoration as King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their children paid tribute to those who have lost their lives to coronavirus and to those who have worked over the past months to fight the disease and support others. Masks and social distancing replaced the celebratory aspect of previous years while King Philippe had high praise for the way the country has worked together to overcome recent difficulties. It was a day of poignant and powerful images – here are some of the best from Belgium’s National Day 2020.

Te Deum, Cathedral of St. Michel and St. Gudula, Brussels

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Heroes of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Brussels

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Visit to Care Homes, Morlanwelz

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About author

Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.