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Belgium's royals conclude National Day with visits to care homes

Posted On: 21 Sep 2021   |   Posted By: Royal Central

National Day in Belgium has been marked with scaled down celebrations on Wednesday, tinted by a sombre atmosphere.
The King was visibly moved when, during the military parade, images of the damage caused by the devastating floods that have hit Belgium in the past weeks were projected on the giant screens. His Majesty was seen drying tears, touched by the tragedy that has caused the death of 32 people with 18 people still unaccounted for.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were also overcome with emotion as they saw their daughter, Princess Elisabeth, parade in front of them as part of her military training.
After the military parade ended, the King and Queen, as well as Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Éléonore, departed for Ottignies, in Wallonia, to visit Farra-Clarande, a care home that welcomes adults with severe or profound disabilities. The home is situated in the middle of a park, meaning residents and their families have plenty of access to fresh air and the opportunity for many different...

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