Belgian National Day 2022

The Belgian Royal Family celebrated National Day 2022 with a series of events on July 20th and 21st. The day commemorates July 21st, 1831 in which Prince Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha swore allegiance to the new Belgian constitution, thus becoming the first Head of State of an independent state of Belgium under a constitutional monarchy and parliament.

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On the evening of July 20th, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, and Archduke Lorenz attended the “Prelude to National Day” concert by the by the Belgian National Orchestra at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

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On July 21st, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Prince Eléonore as they attended a Te Deum at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, afterwards meeting members of the crowd. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended a Te Deum in Leige while Prince Laurent went to Ghent.

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In the afternoon, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde were joined by their four children, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent, Princess Claire, and Princess Delphine, as they attended the civil and military parade on the Place des Palais in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels.

Afterwards, the King and Queen met people at the Grand Sablon Royal Family joined the celebrations in the Parc across Palace Square, before they were joined by Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Prince Eléonore for a Concert and viewed the annual National Day Fireworks from the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels.

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