The belgian royal family was reunited, Saturday, July 21, on the occasion of the national holiday. As every year, the day began with the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Saints-Michel-et-Gudule, Brussels. The king and queen attended the ceremony with their children Elisabeth, Gabriel, Emmanuel and Eléonore, while a thousand people had gathered on the square for the occasion. In the day, the royal family has regained the prince Laurent and his wife, princess Claire, princess Astrid and her husband prince Lorenz at the tribune of honor, to attend the military parade at the heart of the capital.
Tribute to the fighters of 14-18
The parade, which this year had the theme “Respect for the past. Confidence in the future”, was the occasion of a tribute to the soldiers of the 14-18 war. Among the people who marched, there were in particular 29 descendants of soldiers who fought during the First world War, as well as detachments from England, Germany or New Zealand. Soldiers have also made the demonstration of military equipment of the time.
Friday evening, Philippe and Mathilde attended the traditional “concert” prelude to national day”, in the room Henry The Beef of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Princess Astrid and her husband prince Lorenz, were also present. The concert prelude to the national day are interpreted by the laureates of the Queen Elisabeth competition and the national Orchestra of Belgium. They are organized since 2001 (the date of the 50th anniversary of the contest) and have always been free.
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