Monday, April 28, 2008

Queen Fabiola of Belgium talks about being unable to bear children

When Queen Fabiola of Belgium, 79, married King Baudouin, in 1960, it was not a secret to anyone that they had high hopes to have many children for future heirs of the throne. After several years, the question was — why weren’t any children’s footsteps being heard in the palace?
Now, for the first time, the Queen herself admits that every time she was expecting, unfortunately each pregnancy would end in a miscarriage. While each pregnancy was extremely difficult and caused the Queen such frustration, she says she tried to keep the same outlook on life: That it ‘is beautiful.’
I lost five children, but I’ve learned to live with it. On the contrary, you learn from the experience. I had problems with each pregnancy, but in the end I kept thinking that life is beautiful.
The hardest thing for the Queen was that each time her pregnancy was announced, hundreds of flowers and cards would arrive to the palace, but in the end, there would be no baby. During this time, while the Queen remained quiet, King Baudouin made a public statement about their losses.
We have asked ourselves why we feel this pain: little by little we have begun to understand that this way, our hearts will be even more free to love all the children, every single one.
King Baudouin passed away in 1993.