The funeral for Belgium’s dowager Queen Fabiola was held today. There were some touching and sad photos from the proceedings. Young Prince Gabriel sobbed, and Queen Mathilde leaned in to console him. King Phillippe, at one point, just stared into space with a look of utter shock and disbelief in his eyes. I know what that heartbreak feels like. Fabiola… Read More
Today’s show: Remembering WWI One Hundred Years Later; The Cambridge Career We recently commemorated the start of the Great War on August 4th of this year. One hundred years ago on that date, British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith announced at 11pm that Britain was to enter the war after Germany had violated Belgium’s neutrality. Can William be a pilot and… Read More
Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only royal to celebrate a first this year. A mere 24 hours separated the young prince’s first birthday (July 22) and the one-year anniversary of Belgian King Philippe’s reign (July 21). Philippe’s father, King Albert II, shocked the nation last year by abdicating on July 21 – Belgium’s National Day. Philippe stepped into the… Read More
The Yorks aren’t reuniting after all; Prince William mourns friend murdered in Kenya; the former king of the Belgians exposed in documentary by ex-lover.
July 21st marks Belgium’s national day, but it’s not the average celebration this year. Today, the Belgians get a new king! Earlier in July, Belgium’s King Albert II announced that he would step down in favor of his son, Crown Prince Philippe, on the 21st of the month. A good move, as it is an opportunity to blend national celebration… Read More
Trine Villeman, journalist for the Danish media outlet Politiken, has called for the Danish queen to step down. Villeman is not alone. According to a poll conducted in Denmark last year, a majority of Danes want Queen Margrethe II to retire. But while the calls for abdication grow, Margrethe resists even more. Villeman, a long-time critic of the Danish Royal… Read More
King Albert II, sixth King of the Belgians, has announced his intention to abdicate. The reason cited is the king’s poor health in recent years. Albert and his elder brother, the late King Baudoin, are sons of King Leopold III and his first wife, Astrid of Sweden. Baudoin succeeded Leopold as king, reigning 42 years. Baudoin died of heart failure… Read More
The funeral of Countess Alix de Lannoy was held last Friday, August 31st. The former Alix della Faille de Leverghem was born to a noble Belgian family. Alix married Count Philippe de Lannoy in 1965, and they had eight children. Stéphanie, the youngest of their brood, is the fiancée of Hereditary Grand Duke Guilliaume of Luxembourg. Countess Alix died on… Read More
Everyone knows Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge. The gorgeous Queen Rania of Jordan ranks high in the royal elite, and Queen Elizabeth II is a legend. Which modern-day royals rank in your top 10? Let’s hear the nominations as we research the hard-working and history-worthy royals across the world.