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Old 07-03-2013, 10:51 AM
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Now all the newspapers and all the news of the tv announce that king Albert will announce his abdication.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:51 AM
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They do not have that tradition in Belgium. The new monarch simply swears and oath before Parliament, and usually some MP will interupt and yell out "Vivre La Repulique".
Oh dear I hope that won't happen again.

The message is already recording, according to VTM.
They don't know if Mathilde and Filip have been informed or if they know it for a long time. I'm curious to know that :)
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:52 AM
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Why is Philippe not popular?

Someone remarked up thread that Philippe is not popular. Is there a particular reason?
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:53 AM
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Wow very exciting news. I wonder if he will acknowledge Delphine after the abdication ?
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I doubt the announcement will come as a complete shock to Philippe and Mathilde. It is not a surprise party after all.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:54 AM
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Someone remarked up thread that Philippe is not popular. Is there a particular reason?
Marengo answered my question regarding that from this post.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:55 AM
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I'm not going to say that I didn't see this coming. I actually thought he would hang on for another couple of years though. I've heard for a while that the Belgians don't like Philippe, why don't they like him?
Many people think he is a stiff person, and that he lacks too much of the Dutch language. This is on the Flemish side. The Walloon people are more royalists than the Flemish population. Many people are also against the royal family because 'they cost too much money' and stuff.

i think our new king and queen will do a wonderful job!

Kathy Pauwels from Royalty just said that Filip will ascend the throne on 21 july, the same day of the abdication ...
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:56 AM
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Well I am pretty sure Philippe and Mathilde already knew beforehand. I wonder what the reaction of the Belgian people will be once he has announced his abdication.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:16 AM
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Well I am pretty sure Philippe and Mathilde already knew beforehand. I wonder what the reaction of the Belgian people will be once he has announced his abdication.
Some journalists went on the street and said that the king will abdicate. Many surprised faces Some didn't believe it at first, I think because not long ago they did the same thing, but then obviously when it wasn't true
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:26 AM
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Do you think it's possible that if there is an abdication that Philippe and Mathilde might try to start something new in an inauguration ceremony? Do you think it would help national spirit? Although, there wouldn't be much time to have something grand if they plan to have it at the end of July.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:32 AM
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I am not a big fan of abdications, but I think this one will do significantly more good than harm. At least Mathilde, as a rather young queen, might be able to bring some credit to the monarchy. Having an heir apparent who is 11 rather than an heir apparent who is 53 might also signify new hope and renewal and that sort of crapstuff ().
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:34 AM
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Im in Brussels between 19-22 July.... This is exciting.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:40 AM
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On twitter we already saw #trixit, but the Belgians now have #rexit.

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It now has been confirmed by a government member that on July 21st Philippe will be installed as the 7th king of the Belgians.

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Apparently there were two options for the abdication: July 21st or November 17th (King's Day). The chose the earliest option due to Delphine BoŽl.

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Prime Minister Elio di Rupo will hold a speech at 18:15.

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The press is remarkably positive btw.

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:41 AM
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Samitude, I hope they will! Some kind of festivity would be nice. When Belgium celebrated 175 years of existence, that was a succes. There was a song, dance festivities etc. Many people attended them.

I will not be able to attend anything of the inauguration because I had surgery last week :(

Kotroman, I agree with you How would prince Charles feel today

Now I think of it, Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander will visit Belgium in september or october. Filip and Mathilde will have to go to the Netherlands first, no?
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:42 AM
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Im in Brussels between 19-22 July.... This is exciting.
Oh, that's exciting. Will you try to see the royal family if you can?
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:50 AM
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Oh, that's exciting. Will you try to see the royal family if you can?
Yes, we are staying between the Palace and Grand Place so well in the mix. I will look out for the schedule of events.
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He is definitely announcing his abdication?
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:56 AM
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Every single broadcasting agency is announcing that he most probably will Lumutqueen. If he doesn't... then the joke's on them :)
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He is definitely announcing his abdication?

As Marengo mentioned "confirmed by a government member"

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:56 AM
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The Delphine BoŽl story is it the dealbeaker why he abdicates?
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