The Palais Royal of Brussels is actually bigger than Buckingham Palace and is one of the official government buildings in the capital city of Brussels. The King of Belgium addresses affairs of state in this building; it also houses the Chief of Cabinet, Military, and several other high-ranking officials belonging to the Belgium government. It is also used as a venue for ceremonies and receptions.
The palace was built in 1900 at the request of King Leopold II on top of substantially older ruins. Those ruins date back to the 11th century and were a part of Coudenberg Palace which was home to the Dukes of Brabant. This earlier palace was destroyed by fire in 1731. The palace is only open to the public for a few weeks in the summer, but it can still be admired from the outside.
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