Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cross of Laeken on Youtube?

I found an apparently automatically generated Youtube channel consisting of videos I have posted on this blog over the years. I saw the channel many months ago, but then it seemed to disappear. Now it is back again...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Blogging Break

I am sorry to say I will have to a break from Cross of Laeken for the next month or so. I am just very tired and I have a number of other obligations and projects to focus on at the moment. God Bless!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


I seem to be having trouble commenting on certain blogs which have comment boxes embedded below posts. Is anyone else experiencing similar problems?

Monday, August 15, 2011


Please visit my new v-log, Pro-Life Testimonials.

As I already mentioned, I will no longer be updating The Sword & the Sea. I am, however, leaving the site online.

Many thanks to all for reading!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New Blog on Leopold and Charlotte

A kind reader, "ThereseMarie27", has just started a blog dedicated to the love story of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Princess Charlotte of Wales. It looks beautiful already. I encourage those interested in the topic to visit and I hope we will see more articles from the author!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Bratislava New Year Fireworks

Heartfelt thanks to all my readers in 2009 and 2010. To all my family, friends and visitors, best wishes and many blessings in 2011~

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Pages

Some may have noticed that I have removed from the sidebar the lists of links to posts on the different Belgian kings and queens. I have moved these lists of links to separate, stand-alone pages which can still be accessed from the sidebar, just under "A Note on Reviews." I hope this will make the right column of the blog a little less long and complicated.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Astrid was not granted a long life; she was too good for this base world. But all her life, as wife, mother, and queen, and especially as she was short-lived, like our Nordic summer, was a rare and brilliant proof of the truth of the words her father addressed to her, as a twenty-year-old bride. For, throughout her whole life, she was the same person, with a heart that was pure, devoted, and frank, as she was during her childhood and youth; and she was truly loved as no human being had ever been loved on this earth. She was granted every happiness, until the moment when her young heart broke and she departed into eternity.

~Prince Carl of Sweden

Today, I am formally dedicating The Cross of Laeken and The Sword & The Sea to Astrid (1905-1935), Princess of Sweden, Queen of the Belgians. A kind reader, Aaron Davidson, once suggested I do so, since Astrid unites my two blogs - Belgium and Scandinavia. I thought it was a lovely idea. So, dear friends, when you visit this site, please remember this tragically lost queen and pray that she may rest in peace.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Honorable Mention

I was very touched to discover that Marilyn Braun of Marilyn's Royal Blog, The Royal Chronicles, and the Kate Middleton Report, featured the Cross of Laeken on the latest episode of her charming and informative radio show, The Royal Report.  I am most grateful for her kind words!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The comment feature on this blog seems to be behaving erratically- someone's comment unfortunately disappeared altogether when I tried to click on the dashboard link for comment review. This was happening the other day at The Sword & The Sea, too. I hope the issue is resolved soon. My apologies for the inconvenience.

(Update: alas, this happened again. I checked on the "Known Issues" page of Blogger Help and apparently it is a general issue. I hope the comments people have tried to leave are not lost, so that I will be able to moderate them after the problem is fixed).

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I regret that I have not been able to post much in the past week, I've been having some technical problems and a number of personal obligations have come up. I will probably have little time for posting during the next few weeks. In the meantime, Happy Easter to all my readers!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Since yesterday, this site has suddenly been getting alot of hits (apparently from different locations in the USA) with search terms like "Albert Einstein to Queen Elisabeth of Belgium," "Albert Einstein condolence letter to Queen of Belgium," "Einstein grief Queen of Belgium," etc. I wonder, is it the same person somehow using different IP addresses? Of course, I don't mind getting hits but it does strike me as curious. In any case, for those who are interested, HERE is Einstein's moving letter to his friend, the Belgian queen, trying to console her for the loss of her husband.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I keep trying to write the post on the account of Marie-Amélie of Naples, Queen of the French from 1830-1848, by her great-granddaughter, Princess Henriette of Belgium, Duchess of Vendome, but in vain. There always seems to be too much background to explain, and it all becomes too long.Yet, it does not break up naturally into a "Part I," "Part II," etc. So frustrating! I found the books so moving and thought-provoking, and Amélie and Henriette both appear to have been such beautiful souls. I really want to discuss this topic at greater length, but, for some reason, it is proving very difficult.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

First Year Anniversary

The Cross of Laeken is a year old today. Many thanks to all visitors since January 2, 2009! I am deeply touched and honored by your interest and support. Best wishes for 2010!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I will not be posting much for the next week or so. Just feeling too tired... I need some time to rest and reflect.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


I wanted to ask if anyone has suggestions for this blog. There are a number of important Belgian royal anniversaries approaching- this month, for instance, I will be commemorating the birth of King Baudouin, the religious marriage of Leopold and Lilian, the birthday of Queen Paola and the death of King Leopold III. Of course I have some ideas for other posts too but is there anything you would particularly like me to discuss? As always, I welcome your thoughts.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Internet Problems

Lately I have been experiencing problems off and on with my internet connection. I hope this issue will be resolved soon, but, in case I have to be offline for a few days, I wanted to let my readers know.