Albert II of Belgium

Albert II
6th King of the Belgians
File:Koning Albert bezoekt Voka Limburg.jpg
Albert II visiting Voka - Limburg Chamber of Commerce
Reign9 August 1993 – 21 July 2013
(19 years, 346 days)
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
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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.


  1. "The Belgian Monachy:Home - Royal Family - King Albert II". Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  2. ""Koning der Belgen" versus "Koning" (Dutch)".

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King of the Belgians
Albert II

1993 – 2013
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