King Leopold's was an ultra-ceremonious Court, making up in strict attention to every detail of Royal etiquette for the smallness of the Kingdom.
Royalty is handsomely lodged in Belgium. A spacious summer home at Ostend, a Palace in Brussels larger than the Treasury building at Washington, and an ornate chateau in a magnificent park in tbe suburb of Lacken afford Mr. and Mrs. Leopold and family places for worrying through life with a tolerable certainty of always having a comfortable roof over their heads.
The Court oscillates between the Palaces at Brussels and Lacken, with the King's predilections rather in favor of the latter. It is an ultra-ceremonious Court, making up in strict attention to every detail of Royal etiquette for the smallness of the Kingdom.
The Diplomats of Europe quartered in Brussels seem to agree that it is an excellent place to acquire a knowledge of all punctilious observances, and that an Ambassador or Minister who has served a term here can be sent elsewhere or return home, serene in the knowledge that he has learned his trade and will find no other Court where greater or more elaborate ceremony is extended and expected. — Los Angeles Herald, 1888
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