Belgian consulate's King's Day bash at 39 Conduit Road lures elite crowd

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:13am

Belgium is a small country with a richly deserved reputation for its chocolates and beer. So when the Belgians throw a bash, everyone who is anyone makes an effort to show up.

That was certainly the case on Monday evening, when the Belgian consulate held a belated commemoration of King's Day - which since 1866 has celebrated the country's monarchy.

Consulates across the city must have been mostly empty as VIPs gathered on the Starlight Patio of the luxury apartment tower, 39 Conduit Road.

The consulate's soiree celebrated all things Belgian for the movers and shakers of Hong Kong and international politics.

Belgian Consul General Evert Marechal was on hand, of course, alongside guest of honour Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

Stephen Young, the US consul general, also made an appearance with his French counterpart Arnaud Barthelemy, Canada's Ian Burchett, and Tsang Tak-sing, local secretary for home affairs.

So what lured such an illustrious crowd? Was it the chance to tour 39 Conduit Road's HK$450 million penthouse filled with Chopard jewellery? Or the free-flowing Belgian beer on tap? Our money is on the all-you-can-eat Belgian chocolate buffet, the Belgian waffle and ice cream bar.

They made for a very happy King's Day indeed.

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