Princess Astrid, Representative of the King of Belgium and her accompanying delegation, yesterday visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in the Wilayat of Bausher within the framework of her current visit to the Sultanate. Officials at the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science gave a briefing to the Princess on the mosque’s building and designs, which combined various models of the Omani and Islamic architecture. During the visit, the princess familiarised herself with the mosque’s roles and centres, such as the Islamic Sciences Institute, the library and lecture hall, in addition to the major role carried out by the mosque in clarifying the tolerant message of Islam.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will visit Luxembourg on December 2 as part of their first official state visits. It had been announced in September that the couple’s first state visits will be to the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The new king and queen met with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in early November. On December 2, Luxembourg will follow. However, the programme has not yet been finalised, a spokesperson of the Brussels royal household commented. In October, Philippe and Mathilde visited Arlon, just across the border from Luxembourg, as part of a tour of Belgium earlier this year.
King Albert has said he will fight a court battle stating he is the father of an aristocratic artist who says she is his lovechild, Delphine Boel, 45 is the daughter to a Belgian baroness who says her birth followed an affair she had with the king in the 1960′s. The artist is demanding that the King submits a paternity test. Since king Albert abdicated the throne he can now be called to court as he is no longer a reigning monarch. “The abdication has changed matters,” said Alain De Jonge, Ms Boel’s lawyer. Boel originally filed a demand for a DNA test on Phillippe. Albert’s son, who is now Belgian King and who, as reigning monarch, cannot be bound by a ruling f
On 3 July 2013, King Albert II attended a midday session of the Belgian cabinet. He then announced that on 21 July, he would abdicate the throne for health reasons. He was succeeded by his son, Prince Philippe of Belgium on 21 July 2013. He was the fourth monarch to abdicate in 2013, following Pope Benedict XVI, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Emir Hamad bin Khalifa of Qatar. In doing so, he was also the second Belgian king to abdicate following his father, King Leopold III, who abdicated in 1951, albeit under very different circumstances.
An Aristocratic artist wants to take Belgium’s King Albert to court in an attempt to get DNA samples proving that she’s his daughter. Delphine Boel, 45, a British-educated painter and sculptor, claims that she is the child resulting from an affair between the King and Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps in the 1960s. Ms. Boel is also demanding DNA samples from the King’s heir, Prince Philippe, and his daughter Princess Astrid. King Albert’s position protects him from legal action as long as he’s on the throne and cannot be compelled to provide a DNA sample. His children, however, have no such legal protections. “I’m heartbroken, but I think blood can perform miracles
It may be the end of summer, but the Belgian royals still have time to come together for a family photocall. Usually, Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde and their four children allow the media to film and photograph them each summer. But this time, nearly all of the Belgian royals took part in the photosession. Their Majesties, King Albert II and Queen Paola were present, as well as their two other children – including the infamous Prince Laurent – and their spouses. All of their grandchildren were at this photocall, except for Princess Astrid’s two eldest daughters – Princess Luisa is going to school in England while Princess Maria Laura is doing a fashion