Prince Laurent, who tweeted about People’s Liberation Army celebration, has history of unorthodox foreign meetings

It’s been described by one Belgian newspaper as “la gaffe de trop”, the gaffe too far, after a Belgian prince dressed in his naval officer’s uniform to attend an unauthorised ceremony in honour of the 90th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

Prince Laurent – younger brother to Philippe, king of the Belgians – has a history of contentious meetings with foreign powers and faces a 10% fine from his endowment of €308,000 (£280,000) a year.

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