King's Feast

Category: History
King's Feast in Belgium in 2021
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Dates of King's Feast
2023 Belgium Wednesday, November 15thKing's Feast
2022 Belgium Tuesday, November 15thKing's Feast
2021 Belgium Monday, November 15thKing's Feast
2020 Belgium Sunday, November 15thKing's Feast
2019 Belgium Friday, November 15thKing's Feast
Summary
Celebrated in Belgium on November 15th since 1866

When is King's Feast?

This day is celebrated annually on November 15th. It is not a national holiday but most government offices will close. It may also be known as 'Dynasty Day', or the 'Feast of the Dynasty'.

History of King's Feast

The feast was first celebrated in honour of King Leopold I (1790-1865) who was the first monarch of Belgium following its independence from the Netherlands in 1831.

King Leopold I was named after St. Leopold, whose feast is celebrated on this day in the German liturgical calendar. St. Leopold's Feast Day is a public holiday in Vienna, Austria.

The King's Feast has been celebrated in Belgium on November 15th since 1866 when Leopold II decreed it.

Since 2001, the Belgian Federal Parliament holds a ceremony in honour of the King, in the presence of members of the Belgian Royal Family and other dignitaries. It is recognised as the official birthday of the King.

A King's Feast with no King?

In Belgium the King and the Queen do not actually attend the King's Feast, as the custom is that they should not be seen to celebrate themselves. Other members of the royal family will attend instead.

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