Books on Sunday about Delphine Boel

If even Goodreads states: you're behind your reading scheme of the year, it's
certainly time to read some royal books :-)

This 'Books on Sunday' is about someone who lately has touched lots of
royalty watchers. It's about Delphine Boël.

Finally, after all these years, King Albert II of Belgium has admitted, in a
very cold message that Delphine Boël is his natural daughter.

But who is she?

Delphine Michèle Anne Marie Ghislaine Boël was born on 22 February
1968 as the daughter of Sybille de Seleys Longchamps and King Albert II
of Belgium. However Sybilles official husband, Jacques Boël (a member
of a noble family of industrialists) recognized Delphine as his daughter.
The couple divorced in 1978.

Delphine attended boarding school in England and Switzerland and she
studied at the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London. In 1990 she
earned her Bachelor of Arts in Fine arts.

In 1999, Mario Danneels published his book Paola from la Dolce Vita to
Queen. In this book he mentioned one sentence that King Albert II of
Belgium had a daughter born out of wedlock.

The same year on 4 December 1999, Crown Prince Philippe married
Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz (nowadays they are King and Queen of the

In June 2013, Delphine summoned King Albert, Philippe and Astrid
to appear in court. Boël hoped to use their DNA to prove that Albert
was her father.

The King abdicated on 21 July 2013. Boël relaunched a new trial
against him.

On 5 November 2018 the court instructed Albert to submit a DNA
test whether he was the biological father of Delphine. He refused.

On 16 May 2019 the Brussels Court of Appeals sentenced the former
King to pay a fine of 5000 euros per day he refuses the DNA test.

On 27 January 2020, King Albert issued a message in which he
admitted that the DNA test determined that Delphine was his natural

Of course, I'm very happy for Delphine. I think most of the Belgians
have adopted her already. Now all the country is waiting for a clear signal
of the Royal Family of Belgium to welcome Delphine.

Perhaps the most interesting books about Delphine are in Dutch:

- Delphine Boël: een verhaal over liefde en onmacht;
- Onze dochter heet Delphine written by Eric Goens.

Also  interesting to watch: a youtube movie about
'Onze dochter heet Delphine' with an interview with
Sybille de Selys de Longchamps.
More on this link

Now King Albert II of Belgium has recognized Delphine as his
natural daughter, I hope more books about her will be published in
Dutch, French and English.

Source pictures: Bookcovers

Royal Calendar of 14 February

To all the readers of this Allaboutroyalfamilies blog: Happy Valentine!
It is not only the feast day of St. Valentine but also the birthday and the
day of death of some remarkable noble and royal men and women.


Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferarra (born on 14 February 1545 -
died on 21 April 1561). Her parents were Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand
Duke of Tuscany and Eleanor of Toledo. She married Alfonso II, d'Este,
Duke of Ferarra.

Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (born on 14 February 1945).
His parents were Franz Joseph II of Liechtenstein and Countess Georgina
von Wilczek.

Day of death

King Richard II of England (born on 6 January 1367 - died on 14 February
1400). His parents were Edward the Black Prince and Joan the 4th.
Countess of Kent. He married twice. The first time to Anne of Bohemia, the
second time to Isabella of Valois.

Maria Luise of Savoy (born on 17 September 1688 - died on 14 February
1714). Her parents were Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy and
Anne Marie d'Orléans. She was Queen Consort of Spain.

Royal Wedding

On 14 February 1981, Henri of Luxembourg (now the Grand Duke)
married Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista. I hope this royal couple can
celebrate their wedding jubilee during the troubles at court.

On 31 January 2020, the Waringo report was released. The report
has identified lots of problems with the staff management at the
palace. There would be an atmosphere of fear in the Grand Ducal
Palace. The report calls for a reform of the monarchy.

Source picture: Wikipedia