The impressive front of the Royal Palace of Brussels, which was finalized under the reign of King Leopold II of the Belgians, the second sovereign of the Belgian Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dynasty. The Palace had been build before the Belgian independence, but it was during the reign of King Leopold I, given the influence of the future King Leopold II, that the process of refurbishing and redecoration – both inside and outside the building – gained some speed. The architect Alphonse Balat was in charge of the project under the reigns of Kings Leopold I and Leopold II.
Two of the most beautiful rooms of the Royal Palace of Brussels, on the left the Salle Empire and on the right the Grande Galerie. The Salle Empire was the setting for the wedding of TRH the Prince and Princess of Liège in 1959. It is located in the oldest part of the Palace, it part of the residence of the plenipotentiary minister during the Austrian domination. The Grande Galerie has late-19th century allegoric paintings on the ceiling by Georges Van den Bos and Leon Cardon and it is remarkable for it’s elegance of lines and grandeur, given by the spectacular chandeliers. It was one of the rooms used for the receptions held in the Royal Palace during the festivities of the wedding of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola.
The Throne Room of the Royal Palace has probably it’s most remarkable aspect in precisely having no throne. It is a notably large room, split in three parts by the columns seen in the image. The impressive chandeliers dominate the sight. The Throne Room was the setting of the civil wedding of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, but also one of the rooms where the state banquet and ball and the wedding banquet were held.