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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.



Queen Louise-Marie, the wife of King Leopold I , had expressed a wish to be buried in Laeken.After the death of the Queen, in 1850, a competition was organised for the construction of the Church. Joseph Poelaert was the winning architect. The new church is a neo-Gothical building with, behind the choir, a Royal Chapel and a Crypt. The church was consecrated in 1872, but only completed in 1907. In 1904, the old local church as demolished. Only the Gothic choir was saved. It is in the cemetery behind the present church.

The Royal Crypt is accessible to the public on the following days:

  • First Sunday of January : from 2:00pm – 5:00pm (if the first Sunday of January is on 1st January, then the Crypt is not open on 1st January, well on 8 January)
  • 17 February (decease of King Albert I + Memorial service for the deceased Members of the Royal Family): from the end of the ceremony until 2:00pm (should the Service be held on another day than 17 February, the Crypt will not be open on 17 February, well on the day of the Service)
  • First Sunday of March : 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • First Sunday of April : 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • First Sunday of May : 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • First Sunday of June : 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  •  31 July (decease of King Baudouin): 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 29 August (decease of Queen Astrid): 10:00am - 12:00 and 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 25 September (decease of King Leopold III): 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • First Sunday of October: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 1st November (All Saints Day): 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 15 November (King's Day): 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 5 December  (decease of Queen Fabiola): 2:00pm – 5:00pm