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Belgium subdues divisions for a day to swear in king

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium swore in Philippe as its new king on Sunday after his father Albert II abdicated, subduing for a day questions about his ability to bring a divided country together and the power of the monarchy. Full story

Philippe sworn in as new Belgian king

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium swore in Philippe as its new king on Sunday after the abdication of his 79-year-old father Albert. Full story

New Belgian king faces tough task of uniting a divided nation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The monarchy, along with soccer and beer, is viewed as one of the rare things that unify linguistically divided Belgium and when Prince Philippe becomes its new king on Sunday he will try to prove this is still so. Full story

Doctors develop $260 test-tube baby system for poor world

LONDON (Reuters) - Belgian doctors have developed a low-cost version of test-tube baby technology for use in developing countries, where sophisticated Western systems are unaffordable for most couples. Full story

Belgian King Albert II to step down in favor of son

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's King Albert II said on Wednesday he would abdicate and leave the throne to his son on July 21, saying he felt too old to carry out his duties properly. Full story

Belgian king to address nation amid abdication speculation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's King Albert II will give a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, the royal palace said, amid frenzied speculation in the local media that the 79-year-old monarch will step down. Full story

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Belgium's Prince Lorenz, Queen Mathilde, Princess Claire, King Philippe, Prince Laurent, Queen Fabiola, King Albert and Queen Paola attend a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death in Brussels
Belgium's Prince Lorenz, Queen Mathilde, Princess Claire, King Philippe, Prince Laurent, Queen Fabiola, King Albert and Queen Paola attend a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death in Brussels

(L-R) Belgium's Prince Lorenz, Queen Mathilde, Princess Claire, King Philippe, Prince Laurent, Queen Fabiola, King Albert and Queen Paola attend a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death at Saint Gudule cathedral in Brussels July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Warnauts adjusts the hat of Queen Mathilde of Belgium after a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death at Saint Gudule cathedral in Brussels
Warnauts adjusts the hat of Queen Mathilde of Belgium after a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death at Saint Gudule cathedral in Brussels

Vice-Admiral Pierre Warnauts, head of protocol of the Household of His Majesty the King, adjusts the hat of Queen Mathilde of Belgium after a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death at Saint Gudule cathedral in Brussels July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags:

Belgium's Queen Mathilde and King Philippe arrive at Saint Gudule cathedral ahead of a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death in Brussels
Belgium's Queen Mathilde and King Philippe arrive at Saint Gudule cathedral ahead of a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death in Brussels

Belgium's Queen Mathilde and King Philippe arrive at Saint Gudule cathedral ahead of a mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of King Baudouin's death in Brussels July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY ROYALS ANNIVERSARY)