Queen Paola of Belgium 'accidentally hints at who she voted for in EU election' as she flashes notes written on her handkerchief at Brussels polling station

European royal, 86, arrived at Laeken polling station with husband King Albert Read More: James Middleton pays tribute to 'amazing' goddaughter Anouk as her parents open up about her battle with rare muscle condition 

Queen Paola appears to have accidentally hinted as to how she voted in Belgium's European Parliament election over the weekend.

On Sunday, the European royal, 86, was seen arriving at the Laeken polling station near her home in Brussels with her husband King Albert.

The mother-of-three looked elegant in a camel jacket, floral silk scarf and grey trousers while the former King - who abdicated in 2013 - was smart in a navy suit and matching cardigan.

As she stepped out of her car, the former Queen was pictured holding a handkerchief to her face.

In pictures published by local news outlet HLN, the royal's handkerchief appears to have 'MR' and '2 Wilmès' written on it in black pen.

Pictured: King Albert and Queen Paola seen arriving at Laeken polling station in Brussels to cast their vote

Pictured: King Albert and Queen Paola seen arriving at Laeken polling station in Brussels to cast their vote

Politician Sophie Wilmès was the most senior member of the centre-right Reform Movement (MR) party to run in the EU Parliament Elections.

However, it is not known if these were Queen Paola's own notes and whether she did vote as this would suggest.

The politician was the Prime Minister of Belgium from 2019 to 2020 before serving as the minister for Foreign Affairs.

Although the ballots are still being counted, the MR party have secured 12.6 per cent of votes at the time of writing.

King Albert and Queen Paola weren't the only royals to exercise their civic duty on Sunday - as the couple's grandchildren were also seen at the same polling station hours later.

Crown Princess Elisabeth, 22, the Oxford-educated eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde  smiled as she submitted her ballot paper at a polling station in the Laeken district of Brussels.

The heir to the Belgian throne, who has a degree in History and Politics, was dressed casually in an open-neck, beige jumper, navy trousers and navy Adidas trainers with a tan cross-body bag.

Princess Elisabeth was accompanied by her brothers, Prince Gabriel, 20, and Prince Emmanuel, 18, and her sister Princess Eléonore, 16, all of whom queued patiently to enter the polling station.

Pictured: Queen Paola of Belgium seen submitting her ballot paper on Sunday at Laeken polling station in Brussels

Pictured: Queen Paola of Belgium seen submitting her ballot paper on Sunday at Laeken polling station in Brussels

Politician Sophie Wilmes' surname appeared to be written on the back of Queen Paola's handkerchief on Sunday

Politician Sophie Wilmes' surname appeared to be written on the back of Queen Paola's handkerchief on Sunday

Crown Princess Elisabeth, 22, smiled as she submitted her ballot paper over the weekend in Brussels

Crown Princess Elisabeth, 22, smiled as she submitted her ballot paper over the weekend in Brussels

Crown Princess Elisabeth (left), who is heir to the throne, was accompanied by her siblings Prince Emmanuel (second from left), 18, Princess Eléonore (second from right), 16, and Prince Gabriel (right), 20

Crown Princess Elisabeth (left), who is heir to the throne, was accompanied by her siblings Prince Emmanuel (second from left), 18, Princess Eléonore (second from right), 16, and Prince Gabriel (right), 20

The voting age in Belgium was lowered to 16 in 2022, making Sunday's elections the first that Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore were eligible to participate in.

In Belgium it is compulsory for over-16s to vote in the elections for the European Parliament, the Chamber of Representatives and Community and Regional Parliaments.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will stay neutral in the election and not cast their vote.

In 2010, King Albert had to mediate between political leaders on the formation of a government after the election did not result in a clear winner.

Between 2010-2011, the country set a world record for going 589 without a government. 11 political parties were elected to the Chamber of Representatives - but none of them won more than 20 per cent of the seats.

In October 2020, King Albert's love child with Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps was officially recognised as his daughter

In October 2020, King Albert's love child with Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps was officially recognised as his daughter

The statement came after Princess Delphine had had a 'warm meeting' with her half-brother King Philippe (pictured) at the Castle of Laeken

The statement came after Princess Delphine had had a 'warm meeting' with her half-brother King Philippe (pictured) at the Castle of Laeken

Following their wedding in 1959, King Albert and Queen Paola were plagued with divorce rumours throughout the 60s and 70s.

In 1968, King Albert fathered daughter Delphine with the aristocrat Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, whom he had an 18-year affair with.

In 2020, Princess Delphine was officially recognised as the love child of Belgium's former king, something the aging monarch had fought tooth and nail to avoid ever since paternity rumors became public in 1998.

Delphine had revealed in October 2020 that she last spoke to Albert in 2001 and said at the time she 'expects nothing more'.

A joint statement said: 'On Sunday 25 October a new chapter, rich of emotion, peace of mind, understanding and hope was begun.

'During our meeting in Castle Belvédère each of us, in serenity and empathy, managed to express their feelings and experiences.

'After the uproar, the suffering and the injuries, it is now time for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation.

'Together we have decided on this new path. This will take patience and effort, but we are determined.

'These are the first step in a path that we will walk in peace. Delphine, Paola and Albert.'

The statement came after Princess Delphine had had a 'warm meeting' with her half-brother King Philippe at the Castle of Laeken.

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