Sunday, July 21, 2013

The King has Abdicated; Long Live the King!

The Belgian Royal Family on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Brussels (video)

L-R: Princess Eleonore (b 2008), Prince Gabriel (b 2003), Queen Mathilde, Crown Princess Elisabeth (b 2001), King Philippe, Prince Emmanuel (b 2005)

In a moving and dignified ceremony Albert II has relinquished the Belgian crown in favour of his son Philippe, who becomes the seventh King of the Belgians. Europe, for the first time since 1991, now has two minor heirs to thrones, Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, 9, and Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, 11. One of the many wonderful things about Monarchy is the prominence and respect given to children, reminding everyone that the head of state represents the people of all ages. Long live Philippe and Mathilde, King and Queen of the Belgians!

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