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« Reply #2220 on: October 17, 2020, 12:19:29 PM »

WOW! Albert is shameless Shocked Shocked

How ridiculous to now make out its so great they have met when all along he could have made this happen years ago.
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« Reply #2221 on: October 17, 2020, 12:21:02 PM »

Albert is such a bloody old hypocrite, and his wife is not any better.  Nono Nono Nono
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« Reply #2222 on: October 17, 2020, 02:54:16 PM »

Whether it's Laurent being hospitalised for a severe breakdown or Philippe just being a good king and half brother, for Paola/Albert:

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« Reply #2223 on: October 17, 2020, 11:24:12 PM »

That's Good King Phil, guys.


I'm pretty sure he invited Delphine - possibly nudged by Good Queen Til - because Delphine was very clear in her press conference and other statements that she wasn't expecting anything and wouldn't force herself towards him.

These two are family.

Who in this world would not want to at least meet a hitherto unknown or unofficial sibling, even if the veracity of the connection had to be forced through Justice in a very public manner? Who would ignore, or worse, deny, someone who is half you?

Such a large part of our selves, our characer, is 'pre-programmed' by our genes (much more than you'd expect), by our 'physical heritage'. I bet these two have plenty of similarities, even in movements.

Besides, IIRC Baudouin and Fabiola, childless yet very kind-hearted towards children, played a large role in Phil's life when his parents were otherwise engaged. B&F must have taught him the importance of being kind and forgiving.

After Baudouin died, the throne could have gone straight to Philippe since Albert was already 60 yrs old. In fact, Philippe had been preparing (and was educated) for this role since it was clear that Baudouin and Fabiola would remain childless. Yet, when Baudouin died, Philippe was still unmarried and considered not too bright and rather awkward (so not (yet) king-material), and his dad took what he (as a second son with 60 years of ennui under his belt) deemed his (and which, technically, indeed was his), and ascended the throne (that actually sounds quite GoT-ish) in 1993.

With his dad kinging along, Phil got engaged and married within the span of 3 months in 1999, got four wonderful wafflets (I'm tooootally stanning Liz the Soldier right now), with his very boring, but absolute ace of a wife GQ Til, lost quite a bit of his awkwardness (maybe all he needed was a good shag, right?), and STILL had to wait until 2013 to become king.

Phil turned 60 this spring (yes he did), but is more youthful after 7 years on the job and has so much more energy compared to his dad had at that age (ok Albert has heart problems).

Anyhoo, IMO Delphine is not the calculating nor evil kind, and meeting with her sibling is a very healing experience for her.

Just my 2 eurocents.

Oh and about the house plants: theyre bulbs, namely parrot tulips on the right and fritillaria (we call this variety lapwing flower, kievietsbloem) on the left. The bell-shaped flowers are supposed to hang like that. The flowers may be artificial, but could also be raised early (if you store bulbs cold to pretend it's winter, you can make them bloom any time of the year).

Excellent summation Pommers! Star

If there was any hope for a monarchy in Belgium it's because of Baudoin and Fabiola raising Albert's acknowledged children as their own. I don't think the Belgian people would have stood for a repeat of Albert II and both he and Paola were too busy wandering the world for their own jollies to worry about the raising of a future monarch. They are both vile people and I gag a little every time I see them acting super pious at some religious event now that they're facing meeting their maker.

Kudos to Phil and Til, and to Delphine for standing her ground. I love the flowers and decor, I would dearly love to see Laeken some day it's such a magical place. This meeting is just what my weary heart needed, God bless everyone involved in bringing it about.
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« Reply #2224 on: October 18, 2020, 12:09:39 AM »

That's Good King Phil, guys.


I'm pretty sure he invited Delphine - possibly nudged by Good Queen Til - because Delphine was very clear in her press conference and other statements that she wasn't expecting anything and wouldn't force herself towards him.

These two are family.

Who in this world would not want to at least meet a hitherto unknown or unofficial sibling, even if the veracity of the connection had to be forced through Justice in a very public manner? Who would ignore, or worse, deny, someone who is half you?

Such a large part of our selves, our characer, is 'pre-programmed' by our genes (much more than you'd expect), by our 'physical heritage'. I bet these two have plenty of similarities, even in movements.

Besides, IIRC Baudouin and Fabiola, childless yet very kind-hearted towards children, played a large role in Phil's life when his parents were otherwise engaged. B&F must have taught him the importance of being kind and forgiving.

After Baudouin died, the throne could have gone straight to Philippe since Albert was already 60 yrs old. In fact, Philippe had been preparing (and was educated) for this role since it was clear that Baudouin and Fabiola would remain childless. Yet, when Baudouin died, Philippe was still unmarried and considered not too bright and rather awkward (so not (yet) king-material), and his dad took what he (as a second son with 60 years of ennui under his belt) deemed his (and which, technically, indeed was his), and ascended the throne (that actually sounds quite GoT-ish) in 1993.

With his dad kinging along, Phil got engaged and married within the span of 3 months in 1999, got four wonderful wafflets (I'm tooootally stanning Liz the Soldier right now), with his very boring, but absolute ace of a wife GQ Til, lost quite a bit of his awkwardness (maybe all he needed was a good shag, right?), and STILL had to wait until 2013 to become king.

Phil turned 60 this spring (yes he did), but is more youthful after 7 years on the job and has so much more energy compared to his dad had at that age (ok Albert has heart problems).

Anyhoo, IMO Delphine is not the calculating nor evil kind, and meeting with her sibling is a very healing experience for her.

Just my 2 eurocents.

Oh and about the house plants: theyre bulbs, namely parrot tulips on the right and fritillaria (we call this variety lapwing flower, kievietsbloem) on the left. The bell-shaped flowers are supposed to hang like that. The flowers may be artificial, but could also be raised early (if you store bulbs cold to pretend it's winter, you can make them bloom any time of the year).

Excellent summation Pommers! Star

If there was any hope for a monarchy in Belgium it's because of Baudoin and Fabiola raising Albert's acknowledged children as their own. I don't think the Belgian people would have stood for a repeat of Albert II and both he and Paola were too busy wandering the world for their own jollies to worry about the raising of a future monarch. They are both vile people and I gag a little every time I see them acting super pious at some religious event now that they're facing meeting their maker.

Kudos to Phil and Til, and to Delphine for standing her ground. I love the flowers and decor, I would dearly love to see Laeken some day it's such a magical place. This meeting is just what my weary heart needed, God bless everyone involved in bringing it about.

 Star  All I can think of when I think of Baudoin's and Fabiola's childlessness is that it was a sideways blessing because they had to raise Phillippe, Astrid and Laurent.  They probably wouldn't have been able to if they had their own children.
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« Reply #2225 on: October 18, 2020, 01:25:15 AM »

What’s the name of the unauthorized bio about Paola that broke this story open? I was looking for it last night but couldn’t find it

Edit- nevermind. Found this article which is interesting! An 18 year old broke the story which was more of an open secret.

https://www.google.com/am...aughter-delphine-boel/amp
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« Reply #2226 on: October 18, 2020, 01:47:04 AM »

Methinks their hearts would have been big enoughto include their nephews and niece(s) even if they'd had had 5 kids of their own.

(Since Lello cannot say this, I will.)
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« Reply #2227 on: October 18, 2020, 03:49:06 AM »

Methinks their hearts would have been big enoughto include their nephews and niece(s) even if they'd had had 5 kids of their own.

(Since Lello cannot say this, I will.)

That is so very kind, generous and sweet of you, Pomme!  Hug
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« Reply #2228 on: October 18, 2020, 06:09:14 PM »

That's Good King Phil, guys.


I'm pretty sure he invited Delphine - possibly nudged by Good Queen Til - because Delphine was very clear in her press conference and other statements that she wasn't expecting anything and wouldn't force herself towards him.

These two are family.

Who in this world would not want to at least meet a hitherto unknown or unofficial sibling, even if the veracity of the connection had to be forced through Justice in a very public manner? Who would ignore, or worse, deny, someone who is half you?

Such a large part of our selves, our characer, is 'pre-programmed' by our genes (much more than you'd expect), by our 'physical heritage'. I bet these two have plenty of similarities, even in movements.

Besides, IIRC Baudouin and Fabiola, childless yet very kind-hearted towards children, played a large role in Phil's life when his parents were otherwise engaged. B&F must have taught him the importance of being kind and forgiving.

After Baudouin died, the throne could have gone straight to Philippe since Albert was already 60 yrs old. In fact, Philippe had been preparing (and was educated) for this role since it was clear that Baudouin and Fabiola would remain childless. Yet, when Baudouin died, Philippe was still unmarried and considered not too bright and rather awkward (so not (yet) king-material), and his dad took what he (as a second son with 60 years of ennui under his belt) deemed his (and which, technically, indeed was his), and ascended the throne (that actually sounds quite GoT-ish) in 1993.

With his dad kinging along, Phil got engaged and married within the span of 3 months in 1999, got four wonderful wafflets (I'm tooootally stanning Liz the Soldier right now), with his very boring, but absolute ace of a wife GQ Til, lost quite a bit of his awkwardness (maybe all he needed was a good shag, right?), and STILL had to wait until 2013 to become king.

Phil turned 60 this spring (yes he did), but is more youthful after 7 years on the job and has so much more energy compared to his dad had at that age (ok Albert has heart problems).

Anyhoo, IMO Delphine is not the calculating nor evil kind, and meeting with her sibling is a very healing experience for her.

Just my 2 eurocents.

Oh and about the house plants: theyre bulbs, namely parrot tulips on the right and fritillaria (we call this variety lapwing flower, kievietsbloem) on the left. The bell-shaped flowers are supposed to hang like that. The flowers may be artificial, but could also be raised early (if you store bulbs cold to pretend it's winter, you can make them bloom any time of the year).

Excellent summation Pommers! Star

If there was any hope for a monarchy in Belgium it's because of Baudoin and Fabiola raising Albert's acknowledged children as their own. I don't think the Belgian people would have stood for a repeat of Albert II and both he and Paola were too busy wandering the world for their own jollies to worry about the raising of a future monarch. They are both vile people and I gag a little every time I see them acting super pious at some religious event now that they're facing meeting their maker.

Kudos to Phil and Til, and to Delphine for standing her ground. I love the flowers and decor, I would dearly love to see Laeken some day it's such a magical place. This meeting is just what my weary heart needed, God bless everyone involved in bringing it about.

 Star  All I can think of when I think of Baudoin's and Fabiola's childlessness is that it was a sideways blessing because they had to raise Phillippe, Astrid and Laurent.  They probably wouldn't have been able to if they had their own children.

It's good to see that Phil turned out so well. Maybe they can really build up some kind of relationship with Delphine.

I reckon she would a lovely additional aunt to the wafflets.
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« Reply #2229 on: October 22, 2020, 02:47:07 PM »

Good Queen Til is visiting a foodbank today







Good cause, good outfit, subtle but effective mask-matching
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« Reply #2230 on: October 22, 2020, 02:49:07 PM »

Til is contributing to a high level UNESCO discussion around post COVID education

https://www.youtube.com/w...z6Y&feature=emb_title
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« Reply #2231 on: October 22, 2020, 06:52:05 PM »

Good King Phil in conversation with Prof. Dr. Christian Gollier, Director of the Toulouse School of Economics and one of the leading authors of the 4th and 5th intergovernmental climate change reports



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« Reply #2232 on: October 23, 2020, 11:16:54 AM »

Good Queen Til (matching her mask to her scarf this time) takes in the incredible-looking Memling exhibition in Bruges





Very jealous. I love a good medieval altarpiece
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« Reply #2233 on: October 23, 2020, 11:40:19 AM »

Me, too!

On our way back from summer hols in France last year we decided to stop in Ghent for and icecream. Drove over funny ramp, causing some sort of leak. While waiting for car services (it turned out to be absolutely nothing) we wandered into town and nipped in to St Bavo's to have a look at the Altarpiece there. Breathtakingly beautiful.

If it weren't for corona, I would have been a perfect day trip this holiday to see it in its fully restored glory, since it's only a 3 hour drive. Oh, well there's teh interweb.
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« Reply #2234 on: October 23, 2020, 12:07:56 PM »

Me, too!

On our way back from summer hols in France last year we decided to stop in Ghent for and icecream. Drove over funny ramp, causing some sort of leak. While waiting for car services (it turned out to be absolutely nothing) we wandered into town and nipped in to St Bavo's to have a look at the Altarpiece there. Breathtakingly beautiful.

If it weren't for corona, I would have been a perfect day trip this holiday to see it in its fully restored glory, since it's only a 3 hour drive. Oh, well there's teh interweb.

In 2018 a friend and I went for a (Christmas) weekend break to Antwerp, we decided to spend at least one day outside the city. The choice went between Ghent and Brugge(s), which the last one eventually won. But I guess the city of Ghent is just as beautiful, interesting and so.
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