In her memoirs, Astrid mon amie, the Queen's best friend, Anna Sparre, remembered the day. As the royal party were settling into the car, and preparing to set off for Liège, Astrid, acting on a sudden inspiration, arrived with her youngest son, little Prince Albert, (titled "Prince of Liège"), in her arms. Leopold was worried about bringing the baby along, but Astrid smilingly insisted: "Yes, we're taking him...Liège is his city." Leopold yielded, and the car took off.
On the balcony, Astrid proudly lifted up the little prince. Wild enthusiasm instantly swept through the people of Liège. Cries rang out: "Long live Albert! Long live Belgium! Long live the King! Long live the Queen!"
Sadly, she would not live long. The very next month, this lovely young Queen's life would end tragically. Yet, the royal couple's Joyeuse Entrée is certainly a memory to cherish.