prince albert of belgium

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Royal Birthdays for today, June 6th:

Joseph I, King of Portugal, 1714

Maria Theresa of Naples of Sicily, Holy Roman Empress and Empress of Austria, 1772

Thieu Tri, Emperor of Vietnam, 1807

Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia, 1872

Albert II, King of Belgium, 1932

Dom Luiz, Prince of Orléans-Braganza, 1938

Ashi Euphelma Choden Wangchuck, Princess of Bhutan, 1993

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Queen Victoria’s main family and favorite PM as portrayed in season one of ITV’s ”Victoria,” with their actual signatures.

Top to Bottom: Victoria I, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Lord Melbourne, Leopold I, Ernest Augustus, and Victoria, Duchess of Kent.

Another new photo from King Albert II and Queen Paola’s 2016 Christmas card. This time featuring Prince Lorenz and Princess Astrid, Prince Amedeo and Archduchess Elisabetta and of course, little Archduchess Anna-Astrid!

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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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70th birthday anniversaries of King Harald V and Queen Sonja in 2007

First photo: Extended family and members of other Royal families on gather on King Harald’s 70th birthday, 21 February 2007.
Second photo: Heads of state on King Harald’s 70th birthday.
Third photo: Heirs and Hieresses on King Harald’s 70th birthday.
Fourth photo: Extended family and members of other Royal families on gather on Queen’s 70th birthday, 4 July 2007.

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The current reigning royal couples of Europe and their signatures.

  • King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
  • King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
  • Albert II and Charlene, Prince and Princess of Monaco
  • Hans-Adam II and Marie, Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein
  • Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of the United Kingdoms
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
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Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Princess Anne, King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5th, 2016.

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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

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.

Various messages of solidarity with Brussels and Belgium regarding the recent terrorist attacks today.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

  • “It is with dismay that I and my family have taken note of the terrible events of Brussels. At this difficult time we all stand united against these merciless acts of terrorism and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

  • “With dismay and horror, my family and I received the news of the terrible events in Brussels. In this difficult moment, we are all united against this ruthless terrorism. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families.”

King Harald V of Norway

  • “I have received with great sadness the news of the atrocious attacks today in Brussels, which resulted in so many deaths and injuries. This tragedy in the heart of Europe reminds us once again of the importance of safeguarding our fundamental democratic values. On my, and the Norwegian people’s behalf, I send Their Majesties my deepest condolences, and I ask you to share my condolences and deep sympathy to the survivors and the Belgian people.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco

  • “I just learned of the horrible attacks which have been perpetrated at the airport and in the Brussels metro. With my family and the people of the Principality, I bow to the victims of these heinous acts of terrorism and to the grief of their families. Our thoughts also join the injured and all those affected by this tragedy in any capacity whatsoever. I want to assure you, Sir, and the Belgian people, of my sentiments of deep sympathy and profound solidarity in this cruel ordeal.”

King Felipe VI of Spain

  • Shocked by the attacks in the capital of Europe #Brussels. Our solidarity and support with Belgium, its institutions and the Belgian people. (Twitter)

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

  • “Deeply shocked by this tragedy in your country, the Grand Duchess and I express to you compassion on behalf of our people of Luxembourg. In these very dark times, we think with reverence of the victims of the attacks in Brussels and their families. Be assured of our unconditional solidarity in defending our common values.”

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

  • King Mohammed VI had a phone conversation with King Philippe of Belgium over terror attacks in Brussels
  • During the phone conversation, HM the King extended to King Philippe and the bereaved families of victims, who fell during these heinous terror acts, his heartfelt condolences and compassion, the statement added. The Sovereign also expressed Morocco’s strong condemnation of these despicable terrorist acts and the kingdom’s solidarity with the Belgian people, the statement said.

King Abdullah II of Jordan

  • His Majesty King Abdullah II called King Philippe of Belgium to express his condolences and deep sympathies for the victims of the terrorist bombings, that occurred at several sites in Brussels and killed or injured many innocent people.
  • During the telephone call, King Abdullah expressed his strong condemnation of these cowardly and criminal acts, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
  • King Abdullah earlier sent a cable of condolence to the Belgian monarch, government and people and the families of the victims, in which he expressed his strong indignation and condemnation of these terrorist attacks. His Majesty expressed Jordan’s solidarity with Belgium in these difficult circumstances, and in confronting the danger of terrorism.

Pope Francis

  • Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent the pope’s condolences March 22 to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels. 
  • “The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence which causes so much suffering, and he implores from God the gift of peace,” the message said.
  • The pope “entrusts to God’s mercy those who died and, in prayer, he shares the pain of their loved ones,” the message said. “He expresses his deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, as well as for all those providing assistance, "asking the Lord to give them comfort and consolation amid this ordeal.”

Graphic by Geesubay