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Belgian King Albert II to abdicate in favour of his son

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Belgian King Albert II to abdicate in favour of his son

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Belgium’s King Albert II said on Wednesday he would abdicate and leave the throne to his son Philippe on July 21, explaining that he now felt too old to carry out his duties well. “It is with serenity and full of confidence that I announce my intention to step down on July 21, 2013, our national holiday, in favour of the heir apparent, my son Philippe,” the 79-year-old monarch said in a televised address.

(Reuters)

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