27 Jul 2010
MY WORLD - WATERLOO NATIONAL DAY
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In my world we had our National Day in Belgium. It is celebrated on July 21 and commemorates the day on which King Leopold I took the constitutional oath as the first King of Belgium, on July 21st 1831. Each European country has its National Day but of course on different dates.
I went there in the morning and watched the preparations.
people are arriving
a trumpeter waits for the start
and people for the mayor and the city council people
food and beer is ready
Attractions for children and adults
The mayor of Waterloo adjusts his tie
and with the veterans wait for the
Then the mayor helt his annual speach, about the crisis and missing money as all mayors of the world do, before inviting to an apperitif of champagne and orange juice for the Waterloo citizens.
This man wanted to look like the second King of Belgium, Leopold II (1835 – 1909) who had that long beard.
You could admire some decorated chests
After his speach the mayor had a coffee and I too, while my friend was talking to somebody she knew.
The empty stage, ready for the show in the evening. A Freddy Mercury imitator should sing his hits.
We are all waiting for the start of the show
and here he sings for nearly 2 h, while people swinged and shaked, it was real nice.
The sky got dark and darker and at 11.30 pm there was a firework. After that I went home while a ball started and people danced til late night.
Last year I was in Brussels for the National Day. Of course in the capital it's much more important with the Royal family and a big parade. You can see it here if you wish.