Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Queen & Her People

Astrid at a military review in Brussels. She admired her husband so much that she joined the crowds to see him parading at the head of his regiment. 
Visiting a school. 
Showing her love to a Belgian child. 

Astrid was famous for her naturalness and simplicity. While still Crown Princess, she used to stroll her children up and down the street in their carriages, incurring the disapproval of court officials. "These promenades break protocol," they protested. Astrid merely replied: "But I'm just another mother, am I not?" Complaints were even made to King Albert, but, informal and natural himself, he took his daughter-in-law's part.

In any case, Astrid's straightforward, tender disposition won the hearts of the Belgian people. 

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