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Old 07-03-2013, 12:57 PM
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There was one abdication in the royalty of Belgium, it was the abdication of Leopold III, he abdicated at the royal palace of Brussels, I think the ceremony of the abdication could take place on july 20th.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:05 PM
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He will give a speech on 20 july and on 21 july he will abdicate and Filip will be king.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:15 PM
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One year ago the newspaper "Le Soir" predicted the abdiction
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:17 PM
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I am very surprised. It will be most interesting to have three queens in Belgium.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:17 PM
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God bless him, it can't have been an easy decision at all.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:22 PM
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Well, congrats to the new King & Queen of Belgium and God bless King Albert II.

These Monarch's aren't fooling around about stepping down and passing the torch to the younger royals.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:28 PM
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I'm thrilled with this news! Though I liked the current king and queen, I really like Mathilde more.

Like Priness Diana, she is a truly regal princess and she'll make a lovely Queen!

Philippe is very lucky to have her as his princess/queen.
I could not possibly agree more. Princess Mathilde is the gold standard of European princesses(imo of course) and will make a superlative queen.

The smartest move of Philippe's life was to marry her.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:40 PM
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The news of the abdication has of course also reached the foreign press.

The analazys for the abdication is here somewhat cynical: Skandale-kongen er abdiceret - Royale | www.bt.dk
That is that apart from the King's health, it's the upcoming trial in regards to the paternity issue of Delphine Boël, who seeks to be acknowledged as daughter of the King and also to recieve a status similar to the legitimate children. Which is the main reason for abdicating now. - As the article puts it: the trial may also have something to do with the fact the Delphine Boël was disinherited by the man, who is officially regarded as her father, Jaques Boël.
- That's all very juicy but I don't believe that would be reason enough for a king to abdicate. His health and age seem much more plausible reasons for me - and also that fact that Crown Prince Phillipe with CP Mathilde has a good age to take over. I.e. before he gets too old himself.

Anyway, here is a nice 14 pic gallery: Se billederne: Belgiens konge er gået af | www.bt.dk
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:49 PM
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:53 PM
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There will also a big change in the royal family. Now, the royal family will be the king Albert, rhe queen Mathilde, rhe duchesse of Brabant, princess Elizabeth, princes Gabriel and Emmanuel and the princess Leonor. Now princess Astrid will be only the sister of the king and her children only the nephews of the king same thing for Laurent. There will be also the questions on the dotations to Astrid and Laurent.
yes, untill now the royal family was the king Albert and queen Paola and their children and grandchildren , now the royal family will king Philippe, queen Mathilde and their chidren.
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Well it will give the government the opportunity to remove the dotages from Astrid and Laurent, and likely reduce amounts paid to Fabiola, Albert and the new king Philippe.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:06 PM
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Wow really? So a new king is to come to the Belgian throne. Wonder why announce an abdication. I know it's probably sudden for phillippe but I'm sure he's prepared he is the crown prince afterall.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:08 PM
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i'm very happy for belgium and the new king and queen!

will the abdication and coronation be similar to the dutch celebrations or more low key? (seeing they have less time to organise it) i hope we get to see all the royals reuniting in belgium to celebrate such a moment.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:14 PM
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I am not surprised. I think given the people claiming to be his kids, his younger son's issues and foolish behavior, the fractions within his government about not having one for the longest time, the issues with the Dutch and French speaking parts arguing all the time... I think he has had it.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:16 PM
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King Albert II's abdication announcement | Spletnik.ru
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:30 PM
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Belgium's King Albert II announces abdication: media

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Old 07-03-2013, 02:31 PM
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So until now there's Netherlands, Qatar, Belgium.... Who's next who's next?
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:33 PM
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I am looking forward to King Phillipe and Queen Mathidle and hope more "elderly" monarchs follow the example of Albert and Beatrix.
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So until now there's Netherlands, Qatar, Belgium.... Who's next who's next?
Hopefully the UK and then Spain.
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