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Old 02-01-2019, 01:15 PM
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What would be the practical effects of recognition in this case though ?

I suppose there would be financial implications with Delphine being able to claim part of Albertís inheritance, but, as Duc said, Delphine was probably better off as Jacques BoŽl Ďs heiress then Albertís.

As far as the line of succession is concerned, the constitution is very clear in limiting it to legitimate descendants , so I donít see Delphine getting anywhere close to the throne. And I donít see King Philippe issuing a royal decree either to make her a princess of Belgium (which wouldnít make sense anyway) or even only granting her a title in the Belgian nobility.

On a personal level, she wonít have a relationship with her biological father now, especially after dragging him to the courts as she did, and she seems to have burned the bridge to her adoptive father also.

So, other than getting revenge for her mom and winning bragging rights as a Kingís daughter, it doesnít seem to me that she gained much from her crusade for recognition and may even lose out, at least financially.
I have to say, I completely agree with you on this. I just don't see the necessity in dragging all this out. Just doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 02-01-2019, 01:51 PM
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I am quite sure he knew in November that he was going to take this route but waited until the last few days to announce, to make sure another 3 months passed to increase the chance that he will not be alive by the time all his options of avoiding the DNA-test are gone.

What is the timeline for a cassation case?
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:49 PM
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What the Belgian people says about King Albert and all this Paternity Case

Belgian people “very dissapointed” in King Albert II – Royal Central
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:10 PM
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I have to say, I completely agree with you on this. I just don't see the necessity in dragging all this out. Just doesn't make sense to me.
I suppose she might have an emotional/psychological need to be acknowledged as Albert's daughter. My brother has a son he refuses to acknowledge & when I met with the young man he said that's all he wants. Not money, not even a relationship, but just to be acknowledged as my brother's son. Unfortunately my brother is just as irresponsible as he was 20 years ago and refuses....
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:04 PM
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He'll keep delaying this over and over and over again and hope he'll pass away before the case is closed :( Probably encouraged to do so by Queen Paola :(

Had he knew that he isn't Delphine's father, he would have cooperated a long time ago to solve this...
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:17 PM
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He'll keep delaying this over and over and over again and hope he'll pass away before the case is closed :( Probably encouraged to do so by Queen Paola :(

Had he knew that he isn't Delphine's father, he would have cooperated a long time ago to solve this...

Delaying it could be worse as Delphine may demand a posthumous DNA exam (not sure if that is possible in Belgian law), or, even worse, Albert's descendants may be compelled by the courts to submit DNA samples. King Philippe is probably protected by his sovereign immunity, but that is not the case for his siblings.
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:29 PM
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If the old codger wont do it! I am tempted to think the very gracious Princess Astrid WILL do the DNA test after the death of her father only for the sake of her fatherís line, not the monarchy.
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:42 PM
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If the old codger wont do it! I am tempted to think the very gracious Princess Astrid WILL do the DNA test after the death of her father only for the sake of her fatherís line, not the monarchy.
I doubt Astrid would ever do such a thing, but I imagine Laurent would not mind at all!
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:58 PM
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He really is the worst. At this point, no self-respecting person would want to have anything to do with him, so it isn't like Delphine's going to ask to come over for dinner if the DNA tests show that he is her father.

And, I think we can all reasonably assume that he is. Were he not, you'd think that he'd have given up a sample right away just to throw it in her face.
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:38 PM
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Delaying it could be worse as Delphine may demand a posthumous DNA exam (not sure if that is possible in Belgian law), or, even worse, Albert's descendants may be compelled by the courts to submit DNA samples. King Philippe is probably protected by his sovereign immunity, but that is not the case for his siblings.
Worse for his children yes but not for himself as he would be dead and won't have to take responsibility for anything. Because that's what it is about. Him not wanting to admit that his extra marital affair 50 years ago most likely resulted in a child. And he has shown over and over again that he don't care what his legacy will be as long as he don't have to take any responsibility for this mess...

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If the old codger wont do it! I am tempted to think the very gracious Princess Astrid WILL do the DNA test after the death of her father only for the sake of her father’s line, not the monarchy.
Delphine took King Albert, Philippe and Astrid to Court 6 years ago but nothing came out of it. Now Philippe is probably protected by being King. Strange that she didn't took Laurent because i think it's there she has her biggest chance...

I know there are also long-standing rumours that Laurent is Paolas son and not Alberts but honestly Laurent is the only one of their children who actually looks like Albert...
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:44 AM
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Hard week for our King Philippe !
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:19 AM
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The Brussels Court of Appeal has decided yesterday 14 February to postpone the hearing until 28 March

https://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique...50a607249dae89

New hearing on Thursday 28 March at the Court of Appeal of Brussels.
Delphine Boel presses King Albert as demands a bail of 5,000 euros a day, with this measure, wants to force him to submit once and for all to DNA test.
A final hearing is scheduled for 11 April. Then the Court of Appeal will pronounce its judgment.

https://www.google.com/url?q=https:/...Nh2jqw8XtaaGQf
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:37 AM
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This thread just caught my attention. And I thought Meghan's family problems was a hot mess.

I think this might be the end game for Delphine

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line...Belgian_throne

If I am reading this correctly one does not have to be born in wedlock to be eligible to be a successor to the throne. Delphine may want a title and recognition as a member of the royal family. It could be the reason Albert is stalling.
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:53 AM
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Well, what you read might be correct but as it is NOT about succession rights to the throne in general but only focuses who is in line now, you might be better of to look elsewhere for an answer - And i'm quite positiv, that you have to be born in weddlock to qualify.


It might be different, when the thron falls vacant
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:53 AM
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This thread just caught my attention. And I thought Meghan's family problems was a hot mess.

I think this might be the end game for Delphine

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line...Belgian_throne

If I am reading this correctly one does not have to be born in wedlock to be eligible to be a successor to the throne. Delphine may want a title and recognition as a member of the royal family. It could be the reason Albert is stalling.
That is not correct. A successor needs to be born inside a marriage with the King's consent (read: a Royal Decree with a ministerial contraseign).

That was also the reason why the three children from the second marriage of King Leopold III were no successors. The King himself -of course- approved his own marriage but as there was no ministerial contraseign, it was a non-approved marriage.

If Delphine BoŽl indeed happens to be a daughter of then Prince Albert, she is still no successor because she was not born into a marriage consented by King Baudouin and the Cabinet.

And even IF Delphine becomes a Princess and successor. No problem: she ranks behind Philippe and his children, behind Astrid and his children, behind Amedeo and his child, behind Laurent and his children.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:05 AM
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If I am reading this correctly one does not have to be born in wedlock to be eligible to be a successor to the throne.
I suppose that is probably true, but per the Constitution one does need to be legitimate, and it is highly unlikely that King Albert II would marry Delphine's mother to legitimate Delphine even if the courts acknowledge Delphine as his child in the future. Below is the official translation of the succession law:
Article 85
The constitutional powers of the King are hereditary through the direct, natural and legitimate descent from H.M. Leopold, George, Christian, Frederick of Saxe-Coburg, by order of primogeniture. [...]

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Delphine may want a title and recognition as a member of the royal family. It could be the reason Albert is stalling.
Delphine BoŽl and her attorneys have stated that she is not interested in a title, financial inheritance, or membership of the royal family. See also the New York Times interview with King Albert II's lawyer in this post:
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And i'm quite positiv, that you have to be born in weddlock to qualify.
Can I ask where you read that? The Constitution says only that successors must be legitimate, not that they must be born in wedlock.

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That is not correct. A successor needs to be born inside a marriage with the King's consent (read: a Royal Decree with a ministerial contraseign).

That was also the reason why the three children from the second marriage of King Leopold III were no successors. The King himself -of course- approved his own marriage but as there was no ministerial contraseign, it was a non-approved marriage.

If Delphine BoŽl indeed happens to be a daughter of then Prince Albert, she is still no successor because she was not born into a marriage consented by King Baudouin and the Cabinet.
True, but if King Albert II married Delphine's mother with the King's consent and ministerial countersignature, wouldn't she become a successor?
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:57 AM
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The Brussels Court of Appeal has decided yesterday 14 February to postpone the hearing until 28 March

https://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique...50a607249dae89

New hearing on Thursday 28 March at the Court of Appeal of Brussels.
Delphine Boel presses King Albert as demands a bail of 5,000 euros a day, with this measure, wants to force him to submit once and for all to DNA test.
A final hearing is scheduled for 11 April. Then the Court of Appeal will pronounce its judgment.

https://www.google.com/url?q=https:/...Nh2jqw8XtaaGQf
At the hearing on April 11, King Albert II's attorney accused Delphine BoŽl of relentlessness and Delphine's attorney accused Albert of obstinacy.

On May 16, the Brussels Court of Appeals will pronounce its judgment as to whether King Albert's appeal to the Court of Cassation suspends the Brussels Court of Appeals' order to submit to a DNA test.

His pending appeal, asking the Court of Cassation to find that the Brussels Court of Appeals erred in ending Jacques BoŽl's paternity and imposing a DNA test on Albert, is unlikely to be ruled on before the end of 2019, according to RTBF.

However, if the Brussels Court of Appeals resolves that the DNA test order is not suspended by his appeal, King Albert may appeal the new decision, too.

https://www.lesoir.be/217834/article...tre-sans-delai


A representative poll of 1,012 Belgians aged 18-75 found that 93% had heard of the Delphine BoŽl case, 79% believe that King Albert II ought to undergo the DNA test, and 67% believe that Delphine is the biological daughter of Albert. 82% of Flemings, but only 66% of Walloons and 64% of Brussels residents, are supportive of Delphine.

https://rtlinfo.rtl.be/info/belgique...s-1109400.aspx
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:31 AM
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Always comes back to one question for me: why won’t he just take the test and put everyone out of their misery?
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:16 PM
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I would assume because he already knows what the result would be, at this point with all the fuss (and legal costs) the ongoing court battles are making I guess that points to a result that Albert would rather was not made public.

I understand the principal of not wanting to take a test because you are being forced into it and/or it setting a precedent but really there are no other claims that would get this far so, if he truly wasn't the father, he would simply take the test.After he could release a statement saying how sad he is to have to do so simply to make her go away and move on.

I think its pretty clear Albert is her father and doesn't want to acknowledge that for what ever reason, but really now its just more of a distraction. Didn't Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands accept he was the father to two other women who now have a positive, if discreet, relationship with his other daughters?
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:13 PM
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Perhaps there are other children that he knows abuot and is afraid that if he has a DNA test they will come out as well. Or perhaps he does not want public acknowledgement of Delphine.. Prince Berharnd was in a different age and I tihnk his children were satisfied with a private acknowlegement
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