King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and (from left) Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel. Photo: AFP King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and (from left) Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel. Photo: AFP
King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and (from left) Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel. Photo: AFP

Belgians welcome new king, Philippe, as Albert II stands aside

Albert II stands aside for son Philippe to ascend the throne of a nation split across the middle and debating the role of monarchy

King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and (from left) Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel. Photo: AFP King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and (from left) Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel. Photo: AFP
King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and (from left) Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel. Photo: AFP
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