Michèle Sioen and her daughter, Audrey Joris
Before moving in, Mrs Sioen and Mr Galle will renovate the castle at their own expense. An actual move won't happen before the end of 2018.
Stuyvenberg Castle is closest to Villa Schonenberg, princess Astrid's home
The castle of Stuyvenberg has its origins in the 18th century.
It's first royal connection was through Arcadie Claret, king Leopold I's mistress who bought it and lived in it. It was at Stuyvenberg that she gave birth to Leopold's natural sons. After Leopold I's death in 1865, Arcadie sold the estate to king Leopold II. Since then it's part of the Royal Donation.
Many years later it was the happy home of king Leopold III and queen Astrid. Two of their children, Baudouin and Albert were born here. After Astrid's early death in 1935, the mourning family moved out.
King Albert II as a baby in 1934, at home in Stuyvenbergh
Queen Elisabeth with Norwegian king Olav in 1964 at Stuyvenbergh
For 30 years the castle was used to lodge foreign heads of state visiting Belgium.