Did you know that Charles V came from Ghent?
On 24 February 1500 Prince Charles of Habsburg was born in Ghent, in the County of Flanders. Charles V spent much of his life in the region that is now Belgium. The Emperor actually made the Palace of Coudenberg in Brussels into one of his main residences. That palace housed the great, central institutions of the Southern Netherlands. It was also here that Charles V gave his abdication speech in 1555, subsequently retiring to Spain where he ended his days.
If you would you like to know more about this long-lost Brussels palace, visit the museum of the National Bank of Belgium between 18 May and 27 August.
The second piece of the tapestry puzzle will appear on 1 June.