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.
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.
One of the most poignant moments surrounding the funeral of Baudouin came when his body was transferred from Laeken to the palace at Brussels. The cortege stoppied at the Colonne du Congrès, repose le Soldat inconnu (monument of the unknown soldier). The royal family listens as the Brabant is played. When the queen is getting back into the vehicle, someone shouted, “Courage Madame la Reine!” Her deep courage and strength carried her through the events of the funeral and oath of Albert II.
You can hear the shouts of encouragement at the end of this video.
Born Sept. 7, 1930, Stuyvenberg Castle, near Brussels, Belgium
Died July 31, 1993, VIlla Astrida – Motril, Spain
King of the Belgians – The son of King Leopold III, Baudouin lived with his family under house arrest in German-occupied Belgium during World War II. After postwar exile in Switzerland, Baudouin became king on his father’s abdication (1951). He helped restore confidence in the monarchy after the stormy reign of his father and became a unifying force in a country divided between Flemish- (Dutch- ) and French-speaking factions. Because Baudouin and his wife, Fabiola, were childless, he was succeeded by his brother, Albert II.
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