King Albert II of Belgium announces abdication

BRUSSELS, July 3 (UPI) -- King Albert II of Belgium announced his abdication Wednesday evening, effective July 21, in favor of his son, Prince Philip.

Thousands attend service for crash victims

LOMMEL, Belgium, March 21 (UPI) -- Thousands of people attended a service in Lommel, Belgium, Wednesday for victims of last week's bus crash involving students returning from a ski trip.

Police say lone gunman attacked Belgian city center

LIEGE, Belgium, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A lone assailant lobbed grenades and opened fire in Liege, Belgium, Tuesday, killing at least five people and himself, and wounding 122 more, officials said.
Belgium may be headed for elections

Belgium may be headed for elections

BRUSSELS, April 27 (UPI) -- National elections may be held just weeks before Belgium is scheduled to take over the European Union's rotating presidency July 1, political observers say.

Belgian PM resigns

BRUSSELS, April 22 (UPI) -- Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterne delivered a letter of resignation Thursday to King Albert II after a Flemish party pulled out of his coalition.

Belgium king seeks new prime minister

BRUSSELS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The search was on for a new Belgian prime minister Tuesday after Yves Leterme resigned in the wake of a bank bailout scandal, observers said.

Belgian Prime Minister tenders resignation

BRUSSELS, July 16 (UPI) -- Belgium's King Albert II is weighing whether to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Yves Leterme, who took office four months ago, officials say.

Book: Belgian king denies daughter

BRUSSELS, April 11 (UPI) -- A Belgian woman who claims to be the illegitimate daughter of the country's king says in her new book that she is angry at being ignored by the monarch.

Belgium forms unity government -- finally

BRUSSELS, March 19 (UPI) -- Rival parties in Belgium reached an agreement to form a coalition government following months of turmoil threatening to divide the 177-year-old country.

Belgium's King Albert has hip surgery

BRUSSELS, June 28 (UPI) -- Belgian King Albert II is hospitalized and said to be in excellent condition after undergoing hip replacement surgery.

Putin sets off for EU-Russia summit

BRUSSELS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin departed Moscow for Brussels Monday on his way to a European Union-Russian summit in London.

Monaco, the world, buries Prince Rainier

MONACO, Monaco, April 15 (UPI) -- Europe's royalty and dignitaries from around the world came to Monaco Friday for Prince Rainier's funeral in a Roman Catholic cathedral.
King Albert II

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Albert II (born Stuyvenberg Castle, Brussels, 6 June 1934) is the current King of the Belgians and a constitutional monarch. He is a member of the royal house "of Belgium"; formerly this house was named Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He is the younger son of King Leopold III (1901-1983) and his first wife, Princess Astrid of Sweden (1905-1935). His godparents were Prince Felix of Luxembourg and his paternal grandmother, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium.

Albert's full name is Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie (Dutch: Albert Felix Humbert Theodoor Christiaan Eugène Marie, German: Albert Felix Humbert Theodor Christian Eugen Maria).

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