While the United Kingdom is waiting for the birth of Kate’s and William’s first child – the third in line to the royal throne, Belgium applauded the swearing in of the new King today, 21st July 2013, which is also Belgium’s National Day. King Philip – Roi Philippe – Koning Filip succeeded his father, King Albert II, who abdicated earlier today after a 20-year reign.
Black Yellow Red
We did not join in the crowd in Brussels, but stayed home, as it was really hot today with the temperature soaring to as high as 30 degrees Celsius. Anyway, the entire royal event was broadcasted live and replayed all day on the telly.
To celebrate the occasion, I emphasized the colours of Belgium’s flag Black–Yellow–Red, which were transformed into what I called our “Royal” meal 😉
Getting something black and edible for my fussy guys was quite a challenge; hence, I ended up (just) putting a dark cherry on the plate. The yellow came in the form of a yellow cherry tomato. Red (or almost red) was the cool and refreshing gazpacho soup. I also made Guacamole , which is the neutral green colour, which represents our belief as far as Royalty is concerned.
Again staying with the same colour theme, I chose a healthy summer plate to cool our warm Sunday.
I did not make dessert but bought this cake that perfectly summed our Royal meal today. Oh, by the way, this cake is called ” The 21st of July Cake/ Tart” (Really!) 😀
Last King of Belgium…
This succession to the throne was quite interesting because King Philip(pe) will be the last king of Belgium. There will be no king after Filip/ Philippe, because, Belgium will have a Queen!! She is the Crown Princess Elisabeth, the next in line to the Royal throne of Belgium.
God bless the King and his family and Belgium!
A blessed Sunday!