Saturday, 7 March 2015

Note of Condolences for Queen Fabiola of Belgium

Today, I got a response to the letter of condolences I wrote to King Philippe of Belgium on the occasion of his aunt, Queen Fabiola's death. She died December 5th, 2014 at the age of 86.

The note was written in French, which was curious. Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. Dutch is the most widely spoken. I wrote to my letter of condolences in English, and while I don't necessarily expect a generic reply to be written in English, I would think that it would be written in the most commonly used language used in that country or be bilingual.
(Update: I found out there was a typo on some of the replies that said that Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola's sister-in-law, had died. This may explain why the reply came in French.)

Roughly translated the note reads: 

“Palace of Brussels

Their Majesties the King and Queen send you their most sincere thanks for the kind words that you have sent to them on the occasion of the death of Her Majesty Queen Fabiola. 

The King and Queen were deeply touched by your words of support and sympathy. 

January 2015”

Also included was a commemorative card from Queen Fabiola's funeral.  The cover of the card has a picture of young Queen Fabiola on it (Circa 1960's). The inside of the card read "Always say Yes to God" in Dutch, French, German, Spanish and English. (Queen Fabiola was born in Spain, which is why Spanish is included)

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Queen Fabiola was born on June 11th, 1928 in Spain. She was the goddaughter of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. She trained as a nurse and worked in a hospital in Madrid. At the age of 32, she married King Baudouin of Belgium. They, unfortunately, had no children. Her husband died in 1993 and was succeeded to the throne by his brother, King Albert II of Belgium. (Who abdicated the throne to his son, King Philippe of Belgium, in 2013.) Queen Fabiola supported Women's issues, Children and Mental Health.

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