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Monarchy

The King of Belgium's duties include contacts with a wide range of representatives of Belgian society: members of the federal government, of the community and regional governments, MPs and political leaders, representatives of the economic, social, cultural and scientific sectors, academia, the media ...

The King and the members of the Royal Family also keep in close touch with the citizens of Belgium, promoting private and public initiatives that help bring about social improvements.

The King and the members of the Royal Family represent Belgium abroad at the highest levels (State visits, trade missions, participation in international meetings).

Royal family

The King

His Majesty the King was born in Brussels on 15 April 1960. He is the eldest son of King Albert II and Queen Paola and the grandson of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid.

The Queen

Her Majesty the Queen was born in Uccle on 20 January 1973. She is the daughter of Count and Countess Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz.

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant

Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, was born in Anderlecht on 25 October 2001, the first child of Their Majesties the King and Queen.

Prince Gabriel

Gabriel, Prince of Belgium, was born in Anderlecht on 20 August 2003. Prince Gabriel is the second child of Their Majesties the King and Queen.

Prince Emmanuel

Emmanuel, Prince of Belgium,  was born in Anderlecht on 4 October 2005, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen.

Princess Eléonore

Eléonore, Princess of Belgium, was born in Anderlecht on 16 April 2008, the fourth child of  Their Majesties the King and Queen.

King Albert II & Queen Paola

His Majesty King Albert II was born in Brussels, at Stuyvenberg Castle, on 6 June 1934. Albert, who was given the title 'Prince of Liège' at birth, is the son of King Leopold III and of Queen Astrid, born Princess of Sweden. He is the grandson of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth.

Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz

Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, Princess of Belgium, was born in Brussels on 5 June 1962. She is the second child of King Albert II and Queen Paola.

Prince Laurent & Princess Claire

His Royal Highness Prince Laurent was born on 19 October 1963 and is the youngest son of King Albert II and Queen Paola.

Heritage

The Royal Palace of Brussels, where the King works, has received thousands of visitors each year during the summer, ever since 1965. The Royal Greenhouses in Laeken are also open to the public each year during the spring. You are welcome to these prestigious buildings which are evidence of the living history of Belgium.

This section also offers you information about the Castle of Laeken and the Royal Crypt in Laeken, which houses the tombs of the members of the Royal Family.

Royal Palace of Brussels

The Royal Palace of Brussels is the King’s administrative residence and main workplace. In his office at the Brussels palace, the King receives the representatives of political institutions, foreign guests and other guests.

Castle of Laeken

The Castle of Schonenberg in Laeken was built on the initiative of the Austrian Archdukes and Governors-General of the Netherlands. Following the death of Leopold II, the State continued to put the Castle of Laeken at the disposal of the Royal Family.

Royal Greenhouses in Laeken

In 1873, architect A. Balat designed for King Leopold II a complex of greenhouses which complement the castle of Laeken. The complex has the appearance of a glass city set in an undulating landscape.

Royal Crypt in Laeken

The Royal Crypt is situated in the church of Notre-Dame de Laeken and is the burial place of all reigning Belgian Sovereigns and their wives, as well as certain members of the Belgian Royal Family.

 

Royal initiatives

The King and the members of the Royal Family promote private and public initiatives that help bring about social improvements.

Several initiatives have grown out of the commitment of the members of the Royal Family: