KING ALBERT II OF THE BELGIANS AND QUEEN PAOLA’S FINAL OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENTS

With the abdication of King Albert II of the Belgians taking place on July 21, 2013, the king and his wife, Queen Paola, have been fulfilling their final official engagements.  Here are some photos taken of the royal couple during the final few weeks of the king’s reign.  King Albert, who is 79, announced on July 3, that he will be abdicating in favor of his eldest son and heir, Prince Philippe (53) due to health reasons.  The photos of King Albert and Queen Paola were taken at the Royal Palace at Laeken where the couple met with the present and former prime ministers of Belgium and received members of Executive Committee for Institutional Reforms (Comori).  Also in attendance at these two gatherings were the soon-to-be monarchs, Prince Philippe and his wife, Princess Mathilde.  Photos by Getty Images.

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