Belgian order of precedence
Belgian order of precedence (Liste de préséance en Belgique, Lijst van préséance in België) is the formal ranking used at the Royal court during acts of state. Because both EU, SHAPE and Nato are in Belgium, this list is used every year during formal receptions at court.
Difference is made between the Princes of the Royal blood, and the Princes of nobility. The same goes for Cardinals who always have precedence, no matter if they are acting as residing bishop. Members of the royal household are given high positions.
Much of the people who occupy these positions have special privileges in Belgium and can benefit from special car plate signs.
List used in 2016
- the King of the Belgians
- the Queen of the Belgians
- King Albert
- Queen Paola
- the Duchess of Brabant
- the Princes of Royal Blood
- the Belgian Cardinals
- the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Papal Nuncio
- the Ambassadors accredited by the court
- the President of the European Parliament
- the President of the Chamber and the President of the Senate
- the President of the European Council
- the Prime Minister
- the Vice Prime Ministers
- the Federal Ministers
- the President of the European Union
- the Minister for Foreign Affairs (if foreign diplomats are present)
- the President of the European Commission
- the Secretary General of NATO
- the Foreign Minister
- the President of the International Court of Justice in the Hague
- the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union
- the Procureur General of the Court of Cassation
- the President of the Constitutional Court
- the Presidents of the Parliaments of the Communities and Regions
- the Minister-Presidents of the Communities and Regions
- the Secretaries of State
- the Grand Marshall of His Majesty the King
- the Vice presidents and members of the European Commission
- the Belgian Ministers of State
- the Regional Ministers
- the Ladies in Waiting of the Queen
- the Judges of the International Criminal Court of The Hague
- the Judges and Clerks of the Court of Justice of the European Union
- the Ambassadors to the European Union
- the Ambassadors to NATO
- the President of the Court of Audit (Rekenhof/Cour des comptes)
- the President of the High Council of Justice
- the Noble families of the Blue Room.
- the Dignitaries of the Royal Court
- HM's Chief of Staff
- the Head of HM's Military Household
- the Intendant of HM's Civil List
- The Chief of the Household of the Royal Princes.
- The honorary Chief of Staff of His Majesty.
- The honorary Intendant of His Majesty's Civil List.
- The honorary Head of HM's Military Household.
- The honorary Ladies in Waiting of HM The Queen
- The President of the Military Committee of NATO.
- His Excellency the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, if not a Cardinal.
- The Foreign ambassadors of His Majesty
- The Head of Protocol or the Royal Court.
- The Governors of the Provinces
- The Presidents of the Provincial Councils
- Their Excellencies the Bishops of the Belgian Church province.
- The Commanders in chief of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
- The Aide-de-camp of His Majesty.
The official list goes further until 178. Further are mentioned Members of Parliament, Generals, members of the Royal Academies, Burgomasters, ...
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- Pierre-Yves MONETTE, Beroep: Koning der Belgen, 2003
- Eddy VAN DEN BUSSCHE, Praktisch Handboek voor het Protocol, UGA, Heule, 2008.
- Eddy VAN DEN BUSSCHE, Manuel pratique pour le protocole, UGA, Heule, 2008.
- Eddy VAN DEN BUSSCHE, Het Protocol in België - Le Protocole en Belgique, UGA, Heule, 2013.