Your Majesties, Mr. President of the Chamber of Representatives, Madam President of the Senate, Deputies, Senators, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In taking the constitutional oath before you, I am aware of the responsibility which is now incumbent upon me. This oath is a solemn promise which renews the relationship of trust that has existed for nearly two hundred years between the King and the Belgian people.Read more
The new website dedicated to the ceremonies for the abdication of King Albert II and the swearing-in of the future King Philippe is online.
Mesdames et Messieurs,
C'est avec émotion que je m'adresse à chacune et chacun d'entre vous aujourd'hui.
Je suis entré dans ma 80ème année, un âge encore jamais atteint par mes prédécesseurs dans l'exercice de leur fonction.Read more
Born in 1960, the young Prince Philippe was educated bilingually (in Flemish and French) at Belgian state primary and secondary schools, and then at the Belgian Royal Military Academy, a bilingual higher education establishment. Inspired by a passion for flying and space adventure since childhood, he chose to join the Air Force, where he qualified as a fighter pilot. He completed his military training with the para-commando course.Read more
Princess Mathilde was born on 20th January 1973 in Uccle. She is the daughter of Count and Countess Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz. Princess Mathilde attended primary school in Bastogne and secondary school in Brussels, where she went on to study speech therapy, graduating in 1994.Read more
The King and the members of the Royal Family promote private and public initiatives that help bring about social improvements.
Several initiatives have grown out of the commitment of the members of the Royal Family.