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Belgium's royal mums take deserved break

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Belgium's Princess Claire has her hands full these days as she and her husband Prince Laurent put all their energies into looking after their new twins. The proud parents, who welcomed little princes Aymeric and Nicolas on December 13, got the chance to take a day off from their familial duties and catch up with old friends when they attended a reception at the Royal Palace on Tuesday.

And they weren't the only mum and dad enjoying some grown-up company, as Prince Philippe and his wife Mathilde were likewise in attendance for the glitzy bash. The crown princess, who was her usual elegant self in a tailored charcoal grey coat dress, seemed to be enjoying herself immensely, laughing heartily as she shared a joke with some of the guests.

She and her husband became parents for a third time in October last year when Prince Emmanuel was born in the Erasmus hospital in Anderlecht. Since then the family has been keeping a relatively low profile, though they did make sure to keep royal fans happy by releasing some charming photos of the tot.

Princess Claire, meanwhile, will barely have had a moment to herself in recent weeks. The elegant 32-year-old still managed to look radiant at Tuesday's event, however, in a belted tweed coat that showed she had already regained her figure. King Albert and Queen Paola were likewise in attendance for the event, which was staged as a slightly belated celebration of the new year.

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Princess Claire was looking characteristically radiant in a belted tweed coat. The pretty royal, who has just turned 32, gave birth to princes Aymeric and Nicolas in DecemberPhoto: © Rexy
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Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, who are likewise busy with familial responsibilities, arrive for the receptionPhoto: © Getty Images

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