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Albert II
6th King of the Belgians
Koning Albert bezoekt Voka Limburg.jpg
Albert II visiting Voka - Limburg Chamber of Commerce
Reign9 August 1993 – 21 July 2013
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Full namesee below
FrenchAlbert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie
FlemishAlbert Felix Humbert Theodoor Christiaan Eugène Marie
GermanAlbert Felix Humbert Theodor Christian Eugen Maria
Born (1934-06-06) June 6, 1934 (age 86)
BirthplaceStuyvenberg Castle, Brussels, Belgium
PredecessorBaudouin I
Heir-ApparentPhilippe of Belgium
SuccessorPhilippe of Belgium
ConsortPaola Ruffo di Calabria
ChildrenPhilippe of Belgium
Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Prince Laurent of Belgium
Royal HouseSaxe-Coburg and Gotha
FatherLeopold III
MotherAstrid of Sweden

Albert II (French: Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie, Dutch: Albert Felix Humbert Theodoor Christiaan Eugène Marie, German: Albert Felix Humbert Theodor Christian Eugen Maria) (born Stuyvenberg Castle, Brussels, 6 June 1934)[1] was the King of the Belgians and a constitutional monarch. He is the younger son of King Leopold III (1901-1983) and his first wife, Princess Astrid of Sweden (1905-1935). On 21 July 2013, King Albert II abdicated and gave the throne to his son, Philippe of Belgium.

Marriage and family

He married, in Brussels, on 2 July 1959, Princess Paola (born 1937).

He and the Queen have three children:

Titles and styles

  • 6 June 1934 – 7 June 1934: His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Belgium
  • 7 June 1934 – 9 August 1993: His Royal Highness The Prince of Liège
  • 9 August 1993 – 21 July 2013: His Majesty The King of the Belgians
  • 21 July 2013 – present: His Majesty King Albert II of the Belgians

After his announced abdication on 21 July 2013 it was decided that he would be styled as His Majesty King Albert II.[2] This is the same form of address given to his father, Leopold III, after his abdication.


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Preceded by
Baudouin I
King of the Belgians
Albert II

1993 – 2013
Succeeded by