27 AUGUST 2003
Just days after Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium welcomed their second child, Philippe's younger brother Prince Laurent and his wife have announced that they are expecting their first baby in February.
Laurent married his English-born wife, Claire Coombs, in April this year. The popular prince, whose love of fast cars earned him the reputation of being the "enfant terrible" of the royal family, is the youngest of King Albert's three children, and is tenth in line to the throne.
A palace statement issued Tuesday said, "Prince Laurent and Princess Claire have great joy in announcing that they are expecting their first child. The king and queen and the whole royal family, and the family of Princess Claire, share in this happiness."