King's Feast in Belgium Date in the current year: November 15, 2016

King's Feast in Belgium Belgians annually celebrate King's Feast on November 15. This public holiday was established in 1866 during the rule of the first King of Belgium Leopold I.

Originally the feast was celebrated on July 21, that is the date of Leopold's coronation in 1831, and on December 16, that his birthday. Kind Leopold II moved the holiday to November 15, that is the name day of Leopold and Albert, the patron saint of the Belgian royal family.

King Leopold III officially installed November 15 to be the feast day of Saint Leopold and Saint Albert. During the rule of Prince Charles the holiday was renamed to be Day of the Dynasty or Feast of the Dynasty. These names provide extraneous description of the holiday, however, they are still used very often. Only in 1952 King Baudouin gave the holiday its current name.

A special service is held in the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels and the Te Deum is sung. The service is attended by the royal family (except of the monarchs) and other local authorities.

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