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Belgium - National Day

European Days and Weeks
Date: Sunday, 21 July 2019

Venue: Belgium

In 1830, Belgium gained political independence, and regained cultural independence, from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Up until then, the Belgian area was known as the Southern Netherlands and had been governed by other countries including Spain and France.

On 21 July 1831, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha swore allegiance to the Belgian Constitution and became King Leopold I, the first King of the Belgians. His family line is still on the Belgian throne although they renamed after the First World War to the name ‘of Belgium’ in whichever language is being used: van België, de Belgique, or von Belgien.
Belgian National Day is a full public holiday. In Brussels, as well as other locations, there are military parades, air force aerial demonstrations, street festivities, expos and fireworks, and the king inspects the Belgian Army parading past the palace. It is a day of national pride and celebration of the independence of a strong people.
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