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Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is the de facto capital city of the European Union (EU) and the largest urban area in Belgium. It comprises 19 municipalities. Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. Hosting principal EU institutions and the headquarters of NATO, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics since the end of the World War II. Although historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels has become increasingly French-speaking since the 20th century. Today a majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers, although both languages have official status. Read more...

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The Royal Palace of Brussels, sometimes known instead as the Royal Palace of Belgium is the official palace of the King of the Belgians in the centre of the nation's capital Brussels. However it is not used as a royal residence, the king and his family live in the Royal Castle of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels.

The palace is situated in front of Brussels Park. A long square called the Paleizenplein/Place des Palais separates the palace from the park, the middle axis of the park marks both the middle peristyle of the palace and the middle of the facing building on the other side of the park, which is the Palace of the Nation (the Belgian Federal Parliament building). The two facing buildings are said to symbolize Belgium's system of government: a constitutional monarchy.

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