Belgian Blue Blood
Through a series of portraits, Rip Hopkins delivers a surprising picture of Belgium’s contemporary aristocracy. Dukes, Countesses, princes and baronesses pose in front of his camera and present us with the list of their titles and ancestors. Around 25,000 people are part of Belgian nobility, about 0.2 % of the country’s population. Each year, 20 new names are added to the list, ennobled by the King. 1, 300 families can claim to be part of the country’s nobility today. It is a country of aristocracy where nobility is strictly defined by the Constitution, and they do not receive privileges.