On This Day – 15 December 1960

On this day in history, 15 December 1960, King Baudouin and Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón were united in marriage and Queen Fabiola would go on to bring a warm ray of sunshine from Spain to a sometimes gloomy King Baudouin.

“Hoop doet leven” Tribute by Will Tura

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Watch a montage of Will Tura’s homage to King Baudouin with “Hope springs eternal” in 1993, and his identical tribute to Queen Fabiola at her funeral service.

Dutch and English Lyrics

Coro Rociero Sing Tribute to Queen Fabiola “Salve Rociera OLÉ OLÉ”

Spanish castanets bring fire to the funeral of Spaniard Belgian Queen Fabiola

The castanets of Coro Rociero, the Vilvoorde clatter to the strains of “Olé Olé” rang out in the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Gudula during the funeral of beloved Belgian Queen Fabiola. The Spanish branch of the Queen Fabiola’s family sang along with the folk troupe, which was dressed in traditional costume. Queen Mathilde let her tears flow freely.  For many, this was the emotional pinnacle of Fabiola’s funeral.

Spanish & English Lyrics 

Farewell to Queen Fabiola – complete service

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Farewell to Beloved Queen Fabiola – Full-length Video (Dutch TV)

YouTube Video Part 1 (Belgian TV)

YouTube Video Part 2 (Belgian TV)

Scenes From The Funeral of Beloved Queen Fabiola

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The funeral of Queen Fabiola was an emotional event for many, including her next of kin. In this video, you will hear music performed by the Spanish group Coro Riciero from Vilvoorde. The music symbolizes the joy as the “Olé Olé” and castanets resounded in the cathedral. For many, this was the highlight of the ceremony. You will also hear Princess Elizabeth reading out that “Uncle Boudewijn and Aunt Fabiola were always fighting for peace.”

Scenes from the funeral for Queen Fabiola

RETROSPECTIVE AS QUEEN FABIOLA REACHES 70