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.

21st July 2013_Albert and Philip

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 BlackYellowRed, which were transformed into what I called our “Royal” meal 😉

Starter

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.

21st July 2013_Starter1

Main

Again staying with the same colour theme, I chose a healthy summer plate to cool our warm Sunday.

21st July 2013_Main1

Our " Royal"  meal of summer salad representing the colours of Belgium's flag: Black - Yellow - Red

Our ” Royal” meal of summer salad representing the colours of Belgium’s flag: Black – Yellow – Red

Dessert

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!)  😀

Black grapes, Yellow pineapple, Red Strawberries

Black grapes, Yellow pineapple, Red Strawberries

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!

The reigning Queen Mathilde and King Philip(pe)/ Filip of Belgium

The reigning Queen Mathilde and King Philip(pe)/ Filip of Belgium

The outgoing Queen Paola and King Albert II of Belgum

The outgoing Queen Paola and King Albert II of Belgum

King Philip(pe)/ Filip of Belgium and his family

King Philip(pe)/ Filip of Belgium and his family

A blessed Sunday!

Cheers!

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Comments
  1. Congratulations to Belgium on the coronation of the new King!
    Delicious meal, everything looks vibrant and delicious!

  2. Nasifriet says:

    Thanks, Joyce.
    I bet the coronation celebration in Belgium was not known overseas, hence I took the opportunity to publish a post on that on Belgium’s national day. After all, we do not repeat such event every year, right 😀

    Cheers!

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