Much loved: The death of Queen Fabiola has sparked an outpouring of grief from Belgians, who joined their royals to mourn.
In July 2009, alarming anonymous death threats were published by newspapers which revealed that Queen Fabiola was to be assassinated with a crossbow.Visibly upset: Philippe and his wife Mathilde, who took the Belgian throne in 2013, both looked visibly upset as they made their way inside.The body of the 86-year-old dowager queen had arrived ahead of the service and was borne into the church on the shoulders of a military guard, followed by the Belgian royals - among them former King Albert II, 80, and his wife, Queen Paola,.Elianatrans, angelina, debora, valery, veonika, dungeon, jessica.'For many years we struggled to fathom the meaning of this sorrow.Adrianna Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ivy Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).Watching from the pews was Britain's representative, the late Princess Margaret.
Fabiola reigned as Queen Consort for more than 33 years but, tragically, was unable to have children which meant the Belgian throne passed to her husband Badouin's younger brother Albert upon his death in July 1993.
Together: A visibly upset Prince Laurent gives his little girl chiffre trois porte chance a kiss on the hand following her tribute to Queen Fabiola.
Long journey: Japan's elderly Empress Michiko travelled all the way from Tokyo to be at the funeral.Eudoxie plaisir Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).Gudula in central Brussels Procession: Mounted guards accompanied Queen Fabiola's funeral cortege through the almost deserted streets of Brussels Standstill: The Belgian capital came to a halt as mourners carrying national flags turned out to say goodbye Missed: Queen Fabiola had suffered from ill health.Fabiola's native Spain was represented by former King Juan-Carlos and his wife Queen Sofia, but none of the British royals were able to attend the funeral and the United Kingdom was represented by the British ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose, instead.Sombre: King Philippe of the Belgians was known to be close to his aunt and issued a statement that spoke of his 'sadness' at her death.More videos, sorrowful: A group of Belgian military pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Fabiola into the cathedral at the start of her funeral.Scherille Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).Upset: Sweden's King Carl incontri personali matera XVI Gustaf (centre) and his wife Queen Silvia (right) were among the mourners.Gudula in the centre of rain-swept Brussels.Julia Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).Much missed: donna cerca uomo castelvolturno Princess Maria Laura, Prince Joachim and Prince Amedeo of Belgium talk during the funeral service.They were joined by royals from around the world, among them Japan's Empress Michiko, Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid El Alaoui and Sweden's Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.Fabiola, ladyclaudia, marica, elisa, fuegos, angelica, debora, sonia.Nevertheless, their lack of children remained painful for both halves of the couple, with King Badouin telling a group of children in 1979 that remaining childless was a constant 'sorrow'.