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Belgium swears in King Philippe

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Published on Jul 22, 2013

Belgium has sworn in Philippe as its new king after the abdication of his 79-year-old father Albert.

Philippe, 53, took the oath in the country's three official languages - French, Flemish and German - before the nation's parliament on Sunday.

Earlier, the 79-year-old Albert signed away his rights as the kingdom's largely ceremonial ruler at the royal palace in the presence of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who holds the political power in this 183-year-old parliamentary democracy.

Flags fluttered across Brussels as crowds in the streets shouted "Long Live the King" in farewell to Albert.

"Belgium is modernising itself and it gives me joy," Albert said. He also called for continued "cohesion" between the nation's 6 million Dutch-speaking Flemings and 4.5 million French-speakers.

Under crystal chandeliers in a gilded hall at the royal palace, Di Rupo called Albert "a great head of state" and told the outgoing king, "You are closing an important page in the history of our country".

Early in the day, both Albert and Philippe mingled with the crowds under a royal blue sky following a Catholic ceremony that set off the festivities.

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