Thursday, April 30, 2009

Belgian royal children to learn Dutch

April 30, 1935

It was announced today that King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of the Belgians wish for their children to have a "full command" of the Dutch language, according to the New York Times. Crown Prince Baudouin and Princess Josephine-Charlotte will spend two months this summer living with the Burgomeister of Noordwyck, a seaside town. The king is good friends with the Burgomeister, who has two children who are the ages of the prince and princess.
The Belgian royal family recently made "an unexpected visit" to the Netherlands and spent several days in the country.
Dutch is one of the two primary languages in Belgium. The royal family usually speak French at home, although Queen Astrid's first language is Swedish.

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