The King's Palace, which overlooks the Parc de Bruxelles, was begun in 1820 and had a grandiose Louis XVI-style face-lift in 1904. The older side wings date from the 18th century and are flanked by two pavilions, one of which sheltered numerous notables during the 1800s. Today the palace is used for state receptions. It also contains the offices of King Albert II, though he and Queen Paola do not live there. When the national flag flies, it means the sovereign is in Belgium.
- © Frommer's 2013