Succession to the Belgian throne

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The line of succession to the Belgian throne is the list of people who may become King or Queen of Belgium.[1]

History[change | change source]

The death of King Baudouin in 1993 caused a short period of uncertainty about the succession. Prince Philippe was the expected to be the next king; but Baudouin's brother Albert became the new monarch.[2]

Since 2009, Belgian law identifies the eldest child of a Belgian monarch the royal heir. The first-born child follows his or her parent on the throne.[3] This is known as full or equal primogeniture.

In 2013, Albert abdicated for health reasons and his son, Philippe became the King.

Order of succession[change | change source]

In 2019, the current order of succession is clear.[4]

  1. Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, elder daughter of Philippe[4]
  2. Prince Gabriel of Belgium, elder son of Philippe[5]
  3. Prince Emmanuel of Belgium, younger son of Philippe[5]
  4. Princess Eléonore of Belgium, younger daughter of Philippe[5]
  5. Princess Astrid of Belgium, daughter of Albert II[6]
  6. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, eldest son of Princess Astrid
  7. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este, daughter of Prince Amedeo
  8. Archduke Maximilian of Austria-Este, son of Prince Amedeo
  9. Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, eldest daughter of Princess Astrid[6]
  10. Prince Joachim of Belgium, youngest son of Princess Astrid[6]
  11. Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, second daughter of Princess Astrid[6]
  12. Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, youngest daughter of Princess Astrid[6]
  13. Prince Laurent of Belgium, youngest son of Albert II[7]
  14. Princess Louise of Belgium, daughter of Prince Laurent[8]
  15. Prince Nicolas of Belgium, older son of Prince Laurent[8]
  16. Prince Aymeric of Belgium, son of Prince Laurent[8]

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References[change | change source]

  1. International Constitutional Law Project (ICL), Constitution, Title III, Chapter III, Section I The King; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  2. Marshall, Andrew. "Belgium hastens royal succession to maintain unity role," The Independent. 3 August 1993; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  3. CBC/Radio-Canada, "Royal Succession," April 22, 2011; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Belgian monarchy," p. 10 (PDF 6 of 47) Archived 2012-03-09 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Monarchie, Princess Mathilde; retrieved 2011-12-20.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Monarchie, Princess Astrid; retrieved 2011-12-20.
  7. Monarchie, Prince Laurent;retrieved 2011-12-20.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Monarchie, Princess Claire; retrieved 2011-12-20.

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