New Years drink for Diplomatic Heads in the Royal Palace - Belgium
Queen Paola, King Albert, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde organised a New Year reception for the Diplomatic Heads of Mission at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium on January 11th 2012
The diplomats all came by car, through a tunnel under the palace. They had to gather around a number, to organise these hundreds of guests.
During one hour the royal family was placed in front of four chairs, and they shook hands of all guests. After this official part, they left into the mirror-room. The ceiling is covered with millions of green insect-birds (A work of art called Heaven of Delight by Jan Fabre, 2002) The special guest Mgr Giacinto Berloco talked in private with King Albert, while the rest of the royals mingled between their guests.