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.]