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Albert II of Belgium

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Albert II
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Albert II
King of the Belgians
Became King:August 9, 1993
Predecessor:Baudouin
Date of Birth:June 6, 1934
Place of Birth:Brussels, Belgium
Heir-Apparent: The Duke of Brabant
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His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians (Albert Flix Humbert Thodore Chrtien Eugne Marie Wettin, born Laeken, Belgium, June 6, 1934), is a European constitutional monarch and a member of the former ducal house of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He is the younger son of King Leopold III (1901 - 1983) and his first wife, Princess Astrid of Sweden (1905 - 1935). He is a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Albert was sent to the Swiss private school Institute Le Rosey for his pre-university education. He succeeded his elder brother, Baudouin, as king, taking the constitutional oath on August 9, 1993. Before his accession he was known as the Prince of Lige, a title created for him the day after his birth; he also was heir presumptive to the Belgian throne from 1951.

He married, in Brussels, on July 2, 1959, Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia dei Principi (of the Princes) Ruffo di Calabria (born 1937). She is the daughter of Principe Don Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, Duca di Guardia Lombarda and his wife, Donna Luisa Gazelli.

He and the Queen have three children:

The King also has an acknowledged illegitimate daughter, Jonkvrouw Delphine Bol (born 1968). Her mother is a Belgian aristocrat, Sybille, Baroness de Slys Longchamps (ex-Madame Jacques Bol). Bol, a sculptor living in London, has a daughter, Josphine Bol, by her American companion, Jim O'Hare; the child was born October 17, 2003.

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Albert II's personal standard

In 2001, the Belgian Government threatened legal action against the French publishing company Flammarion for publishing a book by the Luxembourg-based investigative journalist Jean Nicolas, entitled Paedophile Dossier - the Scandal of the Dutroux Case, which suggested that during the 1970s and 1980s Albert had attended parties at which child abuse had taken place. The palace condemned what it saw as "grotesque accusations"; the author said that he made no accusations, but had just published legal documents.




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Preceded by:
Baudouin I
King of the Belgians
1993–present
Succeeded by:
current incumbent

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