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    Albert, King of the Belgians announces his abdication

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    Royal fever has gripped Belgium after King Albert II made the surprise announcement that he is to abdicate.

    In a televised address the 79-year-old blamed poor health, saying he could do longer fulfil his duties and set July 21 as the day when he will leave the throne.

    Succeeding him will be his son, Crown Prince Philippe.