Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

The King of the Belgians at 60

Today is the sixtieth birthday of the King 
of the Belgians and to mark that I have
copied todays posts from Royal Central:

The Most Unexpected King?
He's a popular and successful monarch but King Philippe was never expected to reign. Find out how this shy prince found himself on the path to a throne in our special features.
Philippe - a life in images
Born on April 15th 1960, Philippe Leopold Louis Marie has ruled Belgium since July 2013. Royal Central shares some of the best image of the kingthrough his life.
The Best Family Photos of Philippe and family
The king celebrated his birthday with a heartfelt message - read it here. There was a new photo, too, to add to the gorgeous collection shared to mark another big birthday in Belgium.
Philippe and Mathilde - a love story
Philippe made royal history when he married Mathilde in December 1999. The Belgian queen is credited with helping turn his reign into a resounding success as her popularity goes from strength to strength.
Elisabeth, heiress to the Belgian throne
Philippe is the first Belgian monarch to see a daughter become heir to the throne. And Princess Elisabeth's recent 18th birthday celebrationsunderlined the secure footing the king has put his monarchy on.

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