King Albert II of Belgium and Prince Philippe
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Live: Belgium's new king balcony appearance

Crown Prince Philippe has been sworn in as king of the Belgians after the emotional abdication of his father Albert II.

The Oxford- and Stanford-educated, trained air force pilot took the oath as the country's seventh king in a ceremony in parliament.

To warm applause, King Philippe, 53, promised to uphold the constitution.

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  • 21 Jul 2013
  • From the section Europe