Belgium's King Albert II and Queen Paola attend a papal mass in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City on December 8, 2015 at the start of the Roman Catholic Church's jubilee Year of Mercy.
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Funeral of Belgium's Fabiola
Belgium's Queen Fabiola lying in state at Royal Palace
The remains of the late Queen Fabiola arrived at the Royal Palace of Brussels on December 9, 2014. The funeral will take place on December 12. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Daughter of a king?
Belgian royals visit the Vatican
King Albert II of Belgium and his wife, Queen Paola, stand next to Pope Francis during a private audience on April 26 at the Vatican. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
King Albert steps down, Philippe becomes king – videos
- Belgian king greets royal fans ahead of abdication
- Monarchy spending downsized but perks preserved
- Belgium's 'reticent prince' to become king
- King Albert II took his role seriously
- Albert II abdicates; Philippe sworn in as new King
- Crowds celebrate swearing-in of Belgium's new king
King Albert to abdicate
- Albert, King of the Belgians announces his abdication (video)
- King Albert's abdication announcement (video, in French)
King Albert announces his abdication
King Albert II, sixth king of the Belgians, announced today that he will abdicate on July 21 in favor of his son Philippe. Read more...