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Belgian royals send congratulations to Grand Ducal Family on birth of heir

© Koninklijk Paleis, Brussel/Palais Royal, Bruxelles/Königlicher Palast, Brüssel/Royal Palace, Brussels Photographer: Bas Bogaerts

Belgium’s King and Queen sent a message of congratulations on Twitter, in French and Dutch, to Luxembourg’s Grand Ducal Family on the birth of the new heir to the throne.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde tweeted from Laeken Castle, “Congratulations to the parents and grandparents on the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Charles.”

The birth is a happy family occasion for the Belgian royals, as well as the Luxembourgish royals. King Philippe and Grand Duke Henri are first cousins, making the new royal baby – who is second in line to Luxembourg’s throne – King Philippe’s first cousin twice removed.

Henri and Philippe share King Leopold III of Belgium as their grandfather.

Prince Charles Jean Philippe Joseph Marie Guillaume was born on 10 May at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City at 5:13 am.

The child weighs 3,190 kg and is 50 cm.

The Grand Ducal Court said then: “The Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess look forward to introducing him to the people of Luxembourg.”

His birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute, and the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple have expressed their wish that people support child welfare projects in lieu of sending gifts.

Guillaume, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg spoke to the press yesterday morning after the birth of his son.

Guillaume spoke in several languages, including English. He said, “Today is a wonderful day, for my wife and for myself. And probably the most incredible day that we will have in our life, to be able to greet a child that comes into one’s life is the most magical thing a couple can have.”

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