Friday, July 31, 2009

BELGIUM's NATIONAL DAY

The National Day in Belgium is on the 21st of July. It all started with the speach of our king at TV.

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I took the pictures on our TV, except the last one.

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King Albert II and Queen Paola watching the parade (photo from Internet, I wasn't allowed to get that close !)

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The Queen widow had gotten a threatening letter to kill her and with a lot of humour she appeared with an apple to throw it at the killers head ! Beside her are the crown prince Philip and his wife Mathilde.

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There were a lot of people in the streets having fun already early afternoon. The parade was foreseen around 4 pm.

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families dressed in the national colors

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people sitting there for hours to see the Royal Family

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Music, fun and dancing

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You could buy a crown and visit the police who showed their latest equipment

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In the city park people had their pic nic, there were lots of food stands too.

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military, fire department and civil defense showed and explained.

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and the tribunes for the royal family (in red) and the politicians were especially protected this year, since there had been an attack on the Royal Family in the Netherlands.

and here are two little videos just to show you the athmosphere in the streets !

2 comments:

GMG said...

Hi Gattina!
Excellent post; and I'm the first here today!!! ;))
Paola always looked beautiful; I'm still from the time of Adamo... ;))

Blogtrotter is back to the «urban jungle», which Reykjavik is far from being... ;)). Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

Rush said...

love the pictures and the parade..they look fab and spell a story!!

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