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Albert II of Belgium

Albert II
Albert II
King of the Belgians
Became King:August 9, 1993
Date of Birth:June 6, 1934
Place of Birth:Brussels, Belgium

Albert II (Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie) (born June 6, 1934), is the reigning King of the Belgians. He is the younger son of King Leopold III (1901 - 1983) and his first wife, Princess Astrid of Sweden (1905 - 1935).

Prince Albert was sent to the exclusive Swiss private school, Institute Le Rosey for his pre-university education. He succeeded his elder brother Baudouin as King of the Belgians, taking the constitutional oath on August 9, 1993. Before his accession he was known as Prince of Liège.

He married, on July 2, 1959, Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia dei Principi (of the Princes) Ruffo di Calabria (born 1937), daughter of Principe Don Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, Duca di Guardia Lombarda and his wife, Donna Luisa Gazelli.

He and the Queen have three children:

King Albert also has an acknowledged illegitimate daughter, Delphine Boel (born 1968), by his affair with a Belgian aristocrat, Baroness Sybille de Sélys Longchamps (ex-Madame Jacques Boel). Boel, a sculptor living in London, is reportedly expecting a child by her American boyfriend.

Albert II was sworn into office on August 9, 1993 nine days after the death of his brother, King Baudouin.

In 2001, the Belgian Government threatened legal action against the French publishing company Flammarion for publishing a book by the Luxembourg-based investigative journalist Jean Nicolas, entitled Paedophile Dossier - the Scandal of the Dutroux Case, which suggested that during the 1970s and 1980s Albert had attended parties at which child abuse had taken place. The palace condemned what it saw as "grotesque accusations"; the author said that he made no accusations, but had just published legal documents.

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(Albert II is the reigning monarch)

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