Belgium 3/7/2013: King Albert II of Belgium announced his abdication

During a Speech on 6 p.m (local time), King Albert II of Belgium announced his abdication.


 Picture from postcard




Queen Fabiola, Queen Paola and King Albert on the first Day of Kingship
Source: Gazet Van Antwerpen - 1993

This is the first time in Belgian History that a ruling King will abdicate.
Except King Leopold III,in 1951 he was forced to abdicate in favor of
his son King Baudouin.

 

King Leopold III and his wife Queen Astrid of Belgium


 

King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium - picture from a stamp