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Belgium: King Albert abdicates after nearly two decades on the throne

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Belgium: King Albert abdicates after nearly two decades on the throne

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King Albert II of Belgium has abdicated in favour of his son Crown Prince Philippe.

The monarch, crowned in 1993, is 79 years old and explained in a televised address that it was time for him to step aside:

“It is with confidence and serenity that I inform you of my intention to resign this July 21, the day of our national holiday. My son Crown Prince Philippe is well prepared to succeed me,” King Albert said.