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The Seven Kingdoms of Europe

Belgium : King Albert II & Queen Paola

Denmark: Queen Margrethe II & Prince Consort Henrik

Norway: King Harald V & Queen Sonja

Spain: King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia

Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia

United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

Netherlands: King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima

Queen Fabiola of Belgium being given a kiss on the cheek by her grand-niece, Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este, at the funeral of her husband, King Baudouin, on 1 August 1993.

Sitting, from left: Queen Sylvia, Queen Margrethe II, Queen Elizabeth II, (then) Queen Beatrix and Queen Sofia. 

Standing, from left: Prince Consort Henrik, Queen Paola, King Albert II, King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sonja, King Harald V, Prince Philip, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte.

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July 2, 1959 – Wedding of Albert Prince of Liège and Paola Ruffo di Calabria.

Today, King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary, making them the longest married Belgian royal couple. On July 2, 1959, Prince Albert of Belgium, second son of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of the Belgians, married Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, daughter of Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, a First World War flying ace, and Countess Luisa Gazelli. In 1993, upon the death of Prince Albert’s childless older brother, King Baudouin I, Albert and Paola succeeded to the Belgian throne. Their marriage has known painful and tragic times, but today they are a devoted couple. The Cross of Laeken

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Guests arriving at Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid for the wedding of Felipe, Prince of Asturias and Ms. Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano on 22 May 2004.

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The Belgian Royal Family and Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg during the exchange of peace at Queen Fabiola of Belgium’s funeral on 12 December 2014.

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21 July 2013: King Albert II of Belgium abdicated on Belgium’s National Day and his eldest son, Prince Philippe, the Duke of Brabant, assumed the throne as King Philippe of Belgium. Once Philippe had taken the oath of office as King of the Belgians, his eldest daughter, Princess Élisabeth, became heiress apparent and therefore Duchess of Brabant.