King Baudouin – 25th Jubilee

April 1, 1976 saw Belgium celebrate the 25th Jubilee of King Baudouin. Here are public and private scenes from some of the celebrations.

From the balcony of the Brussels City Hall, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola greet the Belgian people with one heart as the crowd cheers.

From the balcony of the Brussels City Hall, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola greet the Belgian people with one heart as the crowd cheers.

The crowds receive their sovereign from the balcony of the Brussels City Hall.

The crowds receive their sovereign from the balcony of the Brussels City Hall.

Greeting the Belgian citizens.

Greeting the Belgian citizens.

At the palace of Laeken, which is the familiar residence of the royal couple of Belgium, am intimate family dinner. Around the table: Prince Laurent (back), Princess Paola, King Baudouin, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, Princess Astrid, Prince Albert, Queen Fabiola and Prince Philippe.

At the palace of Laeken, which is the familiar residence of the royal couple of Belgium, an intimate family dinner. Around the table: Prince Laurent (back), Princess Paola, King Baudouin, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, Princess Astrid, Prince Albert, Queen Fabiola and Prince Philippe.

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Years of happiness and moments of relaxation between the Baudouin and Fabiola. Calm dialogue in the private study.

Years of happiness and moments of relaxation between the Baudouin and Fabiola. Happy dialogue in the private study.

Enjoying the fresh air together.

Enjoying the fresh air together.

Playing table tennis in the park at Laeken.

Playing table tennis in the park at Laeken.

King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola in JAPAN

In 1964, British Pathé took footage during King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola’s official state visit to the Empire of Japan.  Enjoy lovely Crown Princess Michiko – always chic and beautiful.  There is a charming true story that unites King Baudouin with then Crown Prince Akohito. During a diplomatic stop-over for the King in Japan, Crown Prince Akihito requested to speak to Baudouin privately.

This generated much nervous buzz in the Belgian embassy, as it was highly unusual. Akihito requested Baudouin’s help getting his letters to Michiko in Europe, since she was supposedly sent there to separate the two. Baudouin took all of the letters Akihito had been trying to get the Japanese diplomatic corps to deliver to Europe in the pouches and the King delivered them himself to Michiko.

Additionally, he spoke to the Emperor on the behalf of Akihito and Michiko, helping pave the way for a beautiful marriage of the now Emperor and Empress of Japan. That is why Akihito and Michiko felt quite close to Baudouin and Fabiola and undoubtedly why Michiko paid her respects at Fabiola’s funeral in December 2014.

Enjoy!

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Dry Cheese and Milk On The Windowsill

This week we will start a new series from the German magazine, Story.  They have done a special edition in honor of Queen Fabiola after her death on 5 December 2014. Their story is Fabiola in 7 Anecdotes.

Dry Cheese and Milk On The Windowsill

Both459During Baudouin’s reign, the menu was very basic at the Castle of Laken. It was the royal couple themselves who often turned out the lights at night. According to close aids, the motto of the royal couple was “no ostentatious luxury” and as the saying goes in Dutch, “every nickel was turned seven times before being spent.”

Even the receptions at the castle couldn’t be too expensive. A worker at the palace said that “it was a public secret that one didn’t eat very well at the palace back then.” At official ceremonies, staff had to make the rounds with “plates with dry cheese chunks, until people started laughing with it.”

Baudouin’s grand Marshal, Herman Liebaers, told how the royal couple received a thousand bottles of the grand-cru wine Hospice de Beaune as a wedding present. Sixteen years later, only fourteen bottles were empty. “When the weather was cold, the queen put the milk outside on the windowsill” says another worker at the palace. “She thought it was cozier and more homey than milk out of the fridge. But it was a strange sight seeing bottles of milk outside the window of the Palace of Laeken.”

Long after King Baudouin’s death, Fabiola took her own sandwiches with her when she was away during lunch. She would ask her chauffeur to stop for a while in a parking lot, so she could eat in the backseat. When she went away with her nieces and nephews on private occasions, she made the sandwiches herself.


 

I would like to thank a dear friend, Isabelle from Belgium, for her work as translator of this story. Thank you, my friend.

Christmas Tribute to Fabiola

“She possessed the gift to bring hope to all she met…”

King Philippe paid tribute to Queen Fabiola in his Christmas speech, beginning with a personal tribute to his aunt, whose funeral was earlier this month in Brussels. He made the speech’s theme the ‘power of hope.’ “She possessed the gift,” he said, “to bring hope to all she met, with a few simple words and gestures. Without reservation she strove for those in difficulty. We are grateful to her for all she did and for who she was.”

The late queen’s message was of greater importance, the king said, “in a time all too often marked by fear – fear for the future, fear of failure, fear of the stranger. Fear can be so overwhelming that people become paralysed, shut away in their own isolation, their hope for the future taken from them.”

The remedy, he suggested, is to look at the world through new eyes, more hopeful and more optimistic. “A positive approach releases more energy and creativity, not only within ourselves but also in those around us. I’m thinking of the many people the Queen and I have met, who have found their way to a new start out of adversity and failure. An attitude like that leads to commitment. It is also a way of seeing the world that truly inspires others.”

Credit for original article from FlandersToday.eu

 

Blog Origins

Hands holding sapling in soilI’ve always been a casual student of royal history and particularly certain families which spark my interest. Recently I’ve been philosophically reflecting upon biblical and historical teachings on righteousness.  There are some people that truly seem to live out Romans 6 as slaves to sin, but King Baudouin of Belgium certainly wasn’t one. He was a slave to righteousness. God reckoned him righteous and he was, indeed, a righteous man. And, when it came time to choose his queen, he likewise chose a righteous woman. This is where two of my interests intersected. The more I studied Baudouin and Fabiola, the more I was inspired by their lives, their words, their smiles. I had some rather good (I hope you agree) posts on some royal forums and didn’t want to lose track of any of that information, so I decided to start this blog. There is a companion YouTube Playlist and Pinterest board where I try to bring something NEW, not just the same pictures and the same subjective ideas. I hope you enjoy this blog. It is meant to inspire as I have been inspired by these two righteous souls.

Baudouin I : Common King – Uncommon Man

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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