Prince Laurent will not attend the Te Deum mass sung in Brussels’ Saints-Michel-et-Gudule cathedral for the King’s Feast because of “medical reasons”, revealed a member of his entourage on Friday. The Palace announced in a press release on Thursday, that members of the royal family attending Sunday’s Te Deum would include King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz. Traditionally the king himself does not take part in celebrations in his honour.
Belga press agency questioned the Palace spokesperson about the absence of Prince Laurent at the cathedral on Sunday; he revealed that the prince and his wife had received but turned down the invitation. The prince’s entourage let it be known on Friday that the king’s brother would be absent for “medical reasons.”
Prince Laurent’s doctor did recommend that the prince should limit his activities. Eighteen months ago, Albert and Paola’s youngest son, suffering from pneumonia, spent three weeks at Saint-Luc and Woluwe-Saint-Lambert university clinics.
The prince fell ill with a fever and a cough on his birthday last October 19th, explained a source close to him. He must now cancel some of his official duties to ward off a relapse.