King Baudouin of Belgium was a beloved Sovereign whose long reign was marked by instability but his quiet presence proved reassuring to his subjects. After his sudden death on holiday in Spain, he was widely mourned across Belgium and the world. Take a look at scenes from the Funeral of King Baudouin, who died on this day in 1993-
The State Funeral took place at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula after a display at the Royal Palace of Brussels. The late King was interred in the royal vault at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken.
Guests at the funeral included Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte (sister of King Baudouin) of Luxembourg, Queen Elizabeth II (at her only foreign royal funeral) and the Duke of Edinburgh, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, King Harald V (first cousin of King Baudouin) and Queen Sonja of Norway, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Prince of Orange, and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.