Prince Laurent of Belgium, the younger brother of King Philippe of the Belgians, became engaged to the British-born Claire Coombs on 19 December 2002. She had been living in Belgium since the age of three. Embed from Getty Images They were married on 12 April 2003 with a civil ceremony in the city hall of [read more]
The Belgian royal palace has released two new photos of Queen Mathilde to celebrate her 50th birthday today. The first photo will also be available as a postage stamp in Belgium.
The Belgian royals came out in force yesterday for the wedding of King Philippe’s niece, Princess Maria Laura, to William Isvy. As the wedding was not a state occasion, it went ahead despite the news from the United Kingdom. A special prayer was dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II during the ceremony. The families [read more]
Princess Maria Laura of Belgium was born on 26 August 1988 as the second child and eldest daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. In 1991, Belgium changed their succession laws from salic to absolute primogeniture, which meant that Maria Laura took her place in the line of succession behind [read more]
On 5 June 1962, a day before her father’s birthday, Princess Astrid was born as the daughter of the then Prince and Princess of Liège, later King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians – with a grand total of seven names – Astrid Josephine Charlotte Fabrizia Elisabeth Paola Maria – and weighing 3,3 [read more]
“Being the daughter of a King can be hard, but it can also be an exceptional opportunity.” Princess Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium was born on 30 September 1956 as the youngest daughter of King Leopold III of Belgium, who had abdicated in 1951, and his second wife Lilian, Princess of Réthy. From her father’s first marriage [read more]