TM King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended a mass today, July 31, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the death of King Boudouin. The late King, who was the new King’s uncle, died childless in 1993 leaving behind his wife Queen Fabiola who also attended today. In addition, TM King Albert and Queen Paola, TRH Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, and TI&RH Prince Lorenz and Princess Astrid also attended the mass at the Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule in Brussels. Before entering, the royals met the people gathered outside, many bringing gifts and flowers to the new monarch.
Twenty years ago in Spain HM King Boudouin was found dead after a shocking heart attack. He had reigned for 43 long years and left behind a nephew many thought would take the throne. But with Belgium’s complicated political climate it was thought at the time that the young Prince was simply not ready to bring the stability the kingdom needed. The line of succession was left unchanged and Boudouin’s brother, Albert, took the throne. It was until this past National Day that HM King Albert served as monarch before abdicating in favor of that same nephew, King Philippe.
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