The Queen's Charities
The purpose of the charity "Oeuvres de la Reine - Hulpfonds van de Koningin" is to help the needy and persons in cases of urgent necessity.
Requests for aid sent to the Queen or other members of the Royal Family relate mainly to financial, housing or social problems. These requests are examined by the Petitions and Social Affairs Service of His Majesty the King's Household, not by the Queen's Charity.
Each request is examined by the Petitions and Social Affairs Service and gives rise to one of the following actions:
- Opinion or advice to the person concerned and guidance towards an appropriate support organisation.
- Contact by the Petitons and Social Affairs Service with the official bodies or organisations concerned (Federal Public Department, local authority, social services, ONAFTS, INAMI, Housing Fund, Children Fund, etc.), for examination or handling of the problem.
For every social request, an investigation is asked to a Public Centre for Social Action or a recognised and competent social service. In cases where financial assistance is requested, a limited and unique financial assistance may be granted by the Petitons and Social Affairs Service.
The charity "Oeuvres de la Reine - Hulpfonds van de Koningin" is totally independant from the King's Civil List and has its own Board of Directors.