BRUSSELS — French ­Armenian legendary singer Charles Aznavour has become Commander of the Order of the Crown, one of Belgium’s highest awards bestowed on him by King Philip on the proposal of Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

Aznavour was decorated with the order on November 16 in Brussels Egmont Palace. The ceremony was held under special circumstances due to the emotion aroused by the attacks that bloodied Paris Friday. The participants held a minute’s silenceduring the ceremony to honour the memory of the victims

Aznavour thanked Belgium which according to the singer “Has always had a wonderful audience”. Belgium Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders spoke about Aznavour’s high qualities.

In 2004, when Aznavour celebrated his 80th anniversary, he was proclaimed officer of the Order of Leopold for “the unique and long-lasting career and unquestionable quality”, as well as for his work as a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO and for his invaluable role as a defender of French language.

The Order of the Crown is awarded for services rendered to the Belgian state, especially for meritorious service in public employment. The Order of the Crown is also awarded for distinguished artistic, literary or scientific achievements, or for commercial or industrial services in Belgium or Africa.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Canonisation of the Genocide Victims: What is the Meaning of their Sainthood?

By Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian On the 75th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide,…

The New Government’s Solid Steps

At the time when these lines were being written, it was reported…

Westminster Abbey Service Remembers Armenian Genocide Martyrs

WESTMINISTER ABBEY — President Serzh Sarkisian, Prince Charles of Wales, and Catholicos…

U.S. Ambassador to Baku Banned From Visiting Armenian Cemetery in Jugha

BAKU — U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar has issued a statement…