Friday, December 12, 2014

Funeral of Queen Fabiola of Belgium

On a rainy day in Brussels, royals and politicians from around the world gathered to pay their respects to Queen Fabiola of Belgium today. After a funeral mass at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, the widow of King Baudouin was laid to rest at the royal crypt of the Église Notre-Dame de Laeken. As expected, the attendance of the Luxembourg and Liechtenstein families was numerous. 

Among the mourners were Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa; Grand Duke Jean; Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume (who read one of the intercessions in German) and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. In addition, all of the Grand Duke's siblings, who are all nieces and nephews of the late Queen, were present: Archduchess Marie-Astrid and her husband Archduke Carl-Christian with their daughter Archduchess Marie-Christine and her husband Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum as well as Archduke Imre and his wife Archduchess Kathleen; Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus together with their three children, Princess Maria-Anunciata, Princess Marie-Astrid and Prince Josef; Prince Jean, his wife Countess Diane, his children Princess Marie-Gabrielle and Prince Constantin as well as his former wife, Hèlène Vestur; and Prince Guillaume and his wife Princess Sibilla and their four children, Prince Paul-Louis, Prince Léopold, Princess Charlotte and Prince Jean.

The Princely Family was represented by Prince Hans-Adam II, his sister Princess Nora, his sister-in-law Princess Isabelle together with her youngest son Prince Rudolf, as well as the aforementioned Prince Nikolaus, Princess Margaretha, Princess Maria-Anunciata, Princess Marie-Astrid and Prince Josef.

The full funeral can be watched at NOS.

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