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]

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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]

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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. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 "La Belgique, une monarchie constitutionnelle et héréditaire" (PDF). Government of Belgium. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2013. Depuis 1991, une femme peut donc être chef d'Etat en Belgique, à condition d'être une descendante directe de l'actuel Roi Albert II.

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