It’s officially The Palace of the King of the Belgians and located in the centre of Brussels but it is no longer used as a royal residence. The King and his family live in the Royal Castle of Laeken, some way out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
The King does carry out some official business at this Palace, such as large receptions, and the Palace houses the apartments provided for foreign Heads of State during official visits. It is also the residence of the Crown Prince. Built on the site of an older castle, Coudenberg, it was the official seat of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands under the rule of William I of The Netherlands and it limped along with a fairly dour façade, not looking terribly regal or palatial, more business-like until after 1865. This was when Leopold II, the second King of Belgium took the throne.
Unlike his father, Leopold I, he wasn’t happy with the place, suggesting it looked a bit too ordinary for a man of his standing and ordered a raft of changes, turning it into the truly palatial building it is today. The palace is closed to the public for the majority of the year but every year on July 22 until around the end of September (check to avoid disappointment) a large portion of the building is open to the public for free.
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