Royalty and statesmen

The family spent Christmas with King Albert and Queen Paola and other members of the Belgian royal family
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Baby Eleonore takes pride of place in Belgian royals' Christmas photo

31 DECEMBER 2008
When Belgium's Crown Princess Mathilde and husband Philippe celebrated their first Christmas as a family of six, little Eleonore, who was born on April 16, naturally attracted the lion's share of the attention - as was reflected in snapshots released for the festive season.

Her siblings, seven-year-old Elisabeth, Gabriel, five, and Emmanuel, who's three, were very excited by the arrival of their new sister, accompanying their father to see her as a newborn in hospital.

And their enthusiasm for the new addition was clear when they were pictured with the seven-month-old in the photo taken outside their home Laeken Castle.

Last week the whole family enjoyed a traditional holiday celebration with their grandparents King Albert and Queen Paola. There are 12 grandchildren in the royal fold so gatherings are usually a fun-filled and lively affair.

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