Monday, June 22, 2009


A painting of Raversijde by Prince Charles

HERE is some information on the Provincial Domain of Raversijde, an important Belgian historic site, near Ostend on the North Sea. Raversijde has long been associated with the royal family; a former estate of King Leopold II forms the heart of the domain, and Prince Charles of Belgium, the bohemian younger brother of King Leopold III, spent the last few decades of his life here. A museum dedicated to the Prince keeps his memory alive. I am not particularly favorable to Prince Charles, due mainly to his disloyalty to his brother, Leopold III, during the post-war Royal Question, but he was, undeniably, an important member of the royal family. He was also, like his grandmother, the Countess of Flanders, a gifted artist.

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