Friday 25 July 2014

Philippe sworn in as new Belgian king

Brussels, July 21, 2013

Belgium swore in Philippe as its new king on Sunday after the abdication of his 79-year-old father Albert.

Philippe, 53, became the seventh king of the 183-year-old country which is split between a Dutch-speaking north, where some want to break free from Belgium, and a more pro-royal and pro-Belgian French-speaking south.

Philippe took his oath in Belgium's three official languages - Dutch, French and German - in parliament after Albert signed a legislative act to step down, becoming the second Belgian monarch to do so. – Reuters


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