Saturday, January 18, 2014

Royal Profile: 19 Facts about Princess Claire of Belgium

  1. Claire Marie Coombs (aka Princess Claire of Belgium) was born Princess Claire was born in Bath, Somerset, Englandon 18 January 1974 {Source}
  2. She is the daughter of Nicole (Mertens) Coombs and Nicholas Coombs {Source}.
  3. Princess Claire has two siblings, elder sister Joanna and younger brother Matthew {Source}.
  4. She has a niece named Emma {Source}.
  5. When she was three years old, her family moved to Belgium, settling in Wavre{Source}. 
  6. She attended primary and secondary school at the Institut de la Providence in Wavre{Source}. 
  7. She was interested in drawing, painting, music and horse-riding{Source}.
  8. She was an active member of a youth movement (the Guides), and sang in the local choir, with whom she played an active part in the Pope's visit to Brussels{Source}
  9. Princess Claire frequently travels to England to visit her grand-parents on her father's side and friends{Source}
  10. Her grandmother on her mother's side of the family lives in Chaumont-Gistoux{Source}.
  11. Having completed her humanities, she studied as a surveyor{Source}.
  12. She completed her training with a period of work experience at "Brone & Oldenhove" in Wavre and qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1999{Source}.
  13. At one time, "Brone & Oldenhove" then offered her the possibility of becoming a partner{Source}.
  14. Princess Claire has dual nationality, Belgian and British, and trained at the Antwerp office of a chartered surveyors' firm{Source}.
  15. She married Prince Laurent on 12 April 2003 in Brussels{Source}
  16. Miss Claire Coombs was raised to Princess of Belgium, on the day of her marriage, by Royal Decree of April 1st 2003{Source}.
  17. Together, they have three children{Source}:
    1. Princess Louise Sophia Mary of Belgium (2004)
    2. Prince Nicolas of Belgium (2005)
    3. Prince Aymeric of Belgium (2005)
  18. Unlike her sisters-in-laws, Queen Mathilde and Princess Astrid, she does not have a defined role in the monarchy {Source}.
  19. She is patron of the Brussels Choral Society{Source}

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