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QUEEN MATHILDE AND KING PHILIPPE CONMEMORATE THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRUSSELS BOMBING ATTACKS

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended ceremonies to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 2016 Brussels Bombing Attacks. On the morning of 22 March 2016, three coordinated suicide bombings occurred in Belgium: two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek Metro Station in Central Brussels.

The solemn act took place at the Monument to the Victims of Terrorist Acts, on the pedestrianised section of rue de la Loi on March 22, 2021. The monument, by Jean-Henri Compere, is called “Wounded But Still Standing in Front of the Inconceivable” and is constructed from two 20-metre (66 foot) long horizontal surfaces rising skywards.

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Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Cree delivers a speech during the ceremony.

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Queen Mathilde and King Philippe holding hands.

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During the solemn act, King Philippe lays a wreath. A total of 35 people were killed and more than 300 people were injured.

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At the Maelbeek metro station, Their Majesties visited a commemorative wall filled with handwritten messages honoring the victims of the 2016 terrorist attacks. Belgian leaders takes part in a series of events across the capital to pay tribute to the victims of the country’s deadliest attack since the second World War.

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Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

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The Royal Couple talks to victims and their families.

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Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo also attend a solemn act at Brussels Airport to pay tribute to the victims.

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A digital screen displays a commemorative note during an event marking the fifth anniversary of the 2016 terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport.

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Brussels Airlines flight attendants lay flowers.

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King Philippe of Belgium talks to attendees during the ceremony at Brussels Airport.

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