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Belgium's former king Albert II taken to hospital for treatment of dehydration

A spokesman said the former king "was admitted to hospital as a precautionary measure".
A spokesman said the former king "was admitted to hospital as a precautionary measure". Copyright DIRK WAEM / Belga / AFP
Copyright DIRK WAEM / Belga / AFP
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The 89-year-old showed signs of dehydration and taken in as a precautionary measure, according to spokesman


The former king of the Belgians Albert II, father of the current sovereign Philippe, was admitted to hospital early on Tuesday morning in Brussels after feeling unwell due to possible dehydration.

The former sovereign, who is 89, "showed signs of dehydration and was admitted to hospital as a precautionary measure", said spokesman Xavier Baert.

"Examinations are underway. He is conscious", he added.

Albert II, the third and last child of Leopold III, became king in 1993, at the age of 59, following the sudden death of his brother Baudouin I. He reigned for 20 years, until his death in August 1993.

Albert II reigned for twenty years until his abdication on 21 July, 2013 in favour of his eldest son Philippe, who is now 63.

King Albert and his wife Queen Paola, who will be 86 in September, have spaced out their public appearances in recent years.

At the beginning of June, they jointly presented diplomas to artists who had completed their residencies at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, south of Brussels.

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