Brussels -- centre of a royal crisis since allegations of "interference in affairs of State" by Ex-King Leopold, father of King Baudouin; and controversy over Prince Albert's forthcoming marriage --- was filmed by VISNEWS May 26.
GV Royal Palace of Laeken.
NEARER. V..Ditto and flag flying.
SHOT THROUGH GATEWAY..Royal Palace in background.
SV People buying newspapers in Brussels.
CU PAN. Newspaper headlines on stall.
SV Woman reading newspaper.
CU Newspaper headline "Le Roi Leopold Fait Connaitre Etc.,".
GV Belgian Parliament.
LV Ministers cars arriving.
SV Ministers into parliament.
SV Sign "Domein of Argenteull", pan to residence.
CU Sign "Private Property etc.,".
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Background: Brussels -- centre of a royal crisis since allegations of "interference in affairs of State" by Ex-King Leopold, father of King Baudouin; and controversy over Prince Albert's forthcoming marriage --- was filmed by VISNEWS May 26.
Belgian Cabinet Ministers are shown entering Parliament to discuss the royal residence problem, prior to ex-King Leopold's decision to quit the Royal Palace of Laeken.
Ex-King Leopold's announcement May 26 to move from the Palace comes after recent Government allegations of interference by him and his wife, Princess Liliane, in state affairs. The ex-King's departure, most people feel, may help solve this aspect o the present crisis by leaving his eldest son, 29-year-old King Baudouin, free to exercise the Royal prerogative alone.
Popular feeling is still not appeased over the wedding by the Pope July 1 of Prince Albert, Heir Presumptive, to Princess Donna Pauloa Ruffo di Calabria in the Vatican. There is still strong pressure in the Press for the marriage to be preceded by a civil ceremony to comply with the Belgian law. It is known that the Pope objects to a civil ceremony in Belgium afterwards. Ex-King Leopold has also been accused of making the wedding arrangements.
Underlying tension flared up in February when King Baudouin refused to approve the Governor's nominee for the Governor-Generalship of the Belgian Congo. One paper claimed: "In fact, it is the King's father who is governing through an intermediary".
King Baudouin at present touring America told reporters May 27 in Nebraska: "I trust my father". He repudiated suggestions that the ex-king had been acting as an "unofficial Minister".