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.


MadMonarchist said...

I would hardly know what to choose myself. Something about the royal visits to Africa would be interesting to me. I would also have to mention the one Belgian 'royal' figure whose information has constantly eluded me and that is Princess Antoinette de Merode-Westerloo who was the consort of Charles III of Monaco. All of my books are too recent or too early to cover her and I've never been able to find anything on-line to flesh out the person. I don't know if you'd have any better luck but I couldn't help but mention her. The African question might be more realistic. I never knew until you mentioned it about the earliest visits and I know King Baudouin's last trip was not an entirely cordial one but I have pictures of him there where he seemed to be quite celebrated.

May said...

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll see what I can find out about Princess Antoinette, and if I can get more info on the Africa visits. I was able to find some interesting pictures of Leopold and Astrid in the Congo, maybe I could somehow use these.

Jorge said...

I would like to know more about the Luxembourg relatives, descendants of Princess Joséphine-Charlotte.
It would also be interesting to know how religious is the Belgian nobility nowadays. Nobles tend to keep tradition and a certain attachment to religion, unlike most people todat who distance more and more from the Church. I'd like to know about that.
Thanks, Matterhorn.

May said...

Thanks, Jorge, I'll add these ideas to the list. It might be a bit difficult to find out about how religious the Belgian nobility are as a whole but I will try.