Object 10






Photos of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola welcoming the astronauts of Apollo 11 along with their wives..
9 October 1969.
Archives of the Royal Palace, Albums BF, activities 1969, p.141-142

Following their successful mission on the Moon, the Apollo 11 Crew, namely Neil Armstrong, Commander of the mission and Lunar Module Pilot, Buzz Aldrin, who joined Armstrong in stepping onto the Moon, and Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot who stayed in orbit around the Moon, were received by the Belgian Royal couple at the Royal Palace in Brussels on 9 October 1969.


Photo of King Baudouin, together with Prince Albert and Prince Philippe, admiring a fragment of the Moon taken by the Apollo 12 Crew, in the Museum of Natural Sciences.
24 December 1970
Archives of the Royal Palace, Photos BF, envelope A901

NASA's Apollo programme included no less than seventeen missions, six of which involved a Moon landing. A Moonstone fragment taken in November 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission, was exhibited in Belgium's Museum of Natural Sciences in December the following year. This Museum also owns a fragment of Moon rock, which was taken during the mission of Apollo 17 in December 1972 and presented to Belgium by President Nixon in 1974.


Archives of the Royal Palace

The Archives of the Royal Palace were founded in 1962. This department belongs to the King's Cabinet, but is managed by scientific personnel at the State Archives, further to the Ministerial Decree of 10 January 1967.
The Archives of the Royal Palace are located in the former Hôtel d'Assche, on the corner of the Place des Palais and Rue Ducale. This building also accommodates other Palace departments..


The reading room at the Archives of the Royal Palace was renovated at the end of 2017. It may be visited by appointment: arch.pal@arch.be

André Taymans
Caroline Baldwin : Moon River
Casterman, 1996


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