Belgium celebrates King’s Day

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Belgium celebrates King’s Day today. The celebration has been taking place since 1831, but it was not established until much later on November 15 – the birthday of King Leopold II.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde do not attend the festivities themselves, because it is believed that the King cannot celebrate himself. Most of the other family members will be present, such as the parents of the King – King Albert and Queen Paola.

Speeches are held in a special session of parliament and various awards are also presented. The royal family will also attend a thanksgiving service at the cathedral in Brussels.

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