19 SEPTEMBER 2003
Belgium's Princess Astrid is following in the footsteps of the late Princess of Wales by campaigning for the eradication landmines. The 41-year-old took time out during a tour of Cambodia to visit a landmine clearance programme in the heart of the war-ravaged country.

"There's still an enormous amount of work to be done all over the world, but especially in poor countries," said the princess. "It's so important that the donor countries and mine-affected ones all work together."

Earlier in the week she opened an international anti-landmine conference in Thailand. And she also gave the ordnance experts a hand by detonating a recently uncovered anti-tank rocket.

Meanwhile, back home in Belgium, her brother Prince Laurent was taking part in some rather more light-hearted activities. He and his wife Claire Coombs were guests of honour at a children's day in the town of Tervuren, where they wasted no time in joining in the fun.

The couple's day out came just a few weeks after they announced they're expecting their first child. The baby, who will be eleventh in line to the throne, is expected next February.



        

Princess Astrid chats with landmine clearance experts during her trip to Cambodia
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Prince Laurent and Princess Claire meanwhile enjoyed some fun and games with children in Tervuren
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