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
A young man snatches the ceremonial sword of King Baudouin of Belgium during a procession with the newly appointed President Kasa-Vubu, on the eve of the independence of the Belgian Congo, Leopoldville, June 30, 1960 -
Baudouin De Jaer, Compositions For Geomungo and Gayageum: “The Geomungo, the zither of the kingdom of Goguryeo is one of the oldest Korean instruments. It is sometime called the ‘black zither.’ It can be traced back to the 4th century, when it was used exclusively in the sacred setting of court music.”