King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde have cancelled all their engagements for Wednesday, including the opening of a new 4,100 ft double rail truck tunnel which links two stations adjoining the doomed Maelbeek metro station which was attacked today.
The Royal Palace of Brussels, the Belgian monarchy’s official residence, was temporarily on lock down following unverified reports of the discovery of a suspicious package earlier today.
Royal protection officers removed the Belgian Royal family’s four young children from their schools.
US President Barack Obama led calls of support to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel after Brussels went into a state of virtual lock-down.
Speaking at a news conference in Cuba, he said: ”We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.
”We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”