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Security tight on Belgian National Day

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 18:28

Brussels: Authorities say Belgium`s National Day celebrations on Tuesday will be under tighter security due to a death threat against a member of King Albert`s family.
Interior Ministry officials say there will be extra
checks and more police on guard around the royal palace during
the traditional military parade.

Officials are taking extra measures in the wake of a
failed attack on the Dutch royal family in April and a death
threat made against Belgium`s Queen Fabiola in May.

The 80-year-old queen is the widow of King Baudouin, who
died in 1993.

The king will lead the country to mark the 179th
anniversary of Belgium`s independence from the Netherlands.

A special church service at the national cathedral,
concerts and fireworks are also planned.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 18:28
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