Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BULLETIN: King Albert II of the Belgians to abdicate

King Albert II will speak to the Belgian people at 6 p.m. (1p.m. east coast). The Prime Minister will also speak to the nation.  The King met with his Cabinet earlier today.

The date for the abdication: July 21.

Crown Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, is the heir apparent.   When Philippe succeeds as King, the heiress apparent will be HRH Princess Elisabeth.

[I am going to a concert tonight on the Mall - July 4th rehearsal concert - so will not be able to write more until late tonight. There will be plenty of coverage on news sites.]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23167525

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23590721/belgian-king-speaking-amid-rumors-step-down

3 comments:

www.maltagenealogy.com said...

will be interesting to see what Name Philippe will use as King?

If Philippe that would be the first?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

His name is Philippe. He will be King Philippe. No number as Albert I was King Albert until Albert II succeeded. Cannot be a first without a second

juan said...

It´s not always like this. The King of Spain has always been Juan Carlos I, that is his official name since becoming king in 1975.