Château du Stuyvenberg
Location: Laeken, Belgium
Ownership / Access: Privately owned.
Notes: Château du Stuyvenberg (French: Château du Stuyvenberg, Dutch: Kasteel van Stuyvenberg, German: Schloss Stuyvenberg) is a residency of the Belgian Royal Family, located in Laeken, Brussels. Château du Stuyvenberg is situated at an altitude of 56 meters. Stuyvenberg Castle was built in 1725, acquired for 200,000 franks by the Belgian State in 1840, and later bought by Leopold II who donated it to the Royal Trust. It is near the Royal Palace of Laeken, the official residence of the King and Queen of the Belgians. The first Belgian King Leopold I used the castle for his mistress Arcadie Meyer-Claret (nl), and their second child Arthur was born there in 1852. Later, it was the birthplace of King Baudouin in 1930 and Albert II in 1934; both spent their early years at Stuyvenberg. After World War II Elisabeth of Bavaria, widow of King Albert I, lived at the castle until her death in 1965. Subsequently it was used for almost three decades as a guest house for foreign dignitaries. From 1998 to 2014 Queen Fabiola, widow of King Baudouin, called it her home. She died at Stuyvenberg on December 5, 2014. The residence has also been home to Princess Astrid of Belgium, the sister of the current King Philippe.
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