Wedding of King Baudouin of Belgium

King Baudouin of Belgium married Spanish Aristocrat Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón in a series of lavish celebrations in Brussels on this day in 1960. Click HERE for their Pre-Wedding Ball. The couple unfortunately had no children, but remained devoted to each other until his tragic death in 1993. Queen Fabiola passed away in 2014.

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In the morning, the civil ceremony was held in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace of Brussels and was presided over by the Minister of Justice, the Mayor of Brussels, and a member of the Municipal Council.

The religious ceremony was held at the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, where the service was conducted by Cardinal van Roey, the Primate of Belgium, who was assisted by a representative of the Holy See who read a personal message from The Pope. After the ceremony, the King and his new Queen rode through the streets of Brussels, and then waved from the balcony of the Royal Palace, before a Banquet for 2,000 guests.

King Baudoin wore the Uniform of Lieutenant-General of the Armies with the Sash and Star of the Order of Leopold and the Collar of the Spanish Order of Isabella the Catholic. The new Queen Fabiola wore a Cristóbal Balenciaga gown with a tulle veil holding in place the Nine Provinces Tiara15

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