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National day celebrations

25 July 2013

This year’s 21 July celebrations in Brussels took on extra dimensions with the abdication of H.M. King Albert II following a 20-year reign and the swearing in of his son Philippe as seventh King of the Belgians.

At 1pm, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and the other members of the Royal Family greeted the people from the balcony of the Royal Palace in Laeken.

King Philippe & Queen Mathilde

Afterwards, the new King paid tribute to the Unknown Soldier at the Congress Column and later in the afternoon he reviewed the civil and military troops ahead of their yearly parade on the Place des Palais.

In the evening, the Royal Couple attended celebrations in the Parc de Bruxelles

The eventful day came to a close with a fireworks display on the Place des Palais.

More information and photographs of the festivities and the Royal Couple are available from:

Meanwhile in London, Ambassador Johan Verbeke hosted a National Day Reception for Belgians in the UK at his Residence in Belgrave Square.

National Day 

In the evening, members of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the Anglo-Belgian Society and their guests celebrated the Belgian National Day with a barbeque at the Wellington Barracks near Buckingham Palace.

National Day 

More pictures of the celebrations in London can be found on the Belgian Embassy’s Facebook Page.