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Belgian princess finally gets her fairytale ending

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Status: Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg, Princess of Belgium

Status: Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg, Princess of Belgium

Status: Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg, Princess of Belgium

Last month, there appeared in the international Press a pleasant, if slightly posed, photograph of the former King of the Belgians, Albert II, his wife, Queen Paola, and his newly reconciled daughter, Delphine Boel. She is now called Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg, Princess of Belgium.

They are obviously socially distancing for reasons of Covid - Belgium has been badly hit - but perhaps, in the circumstances, that is convenient. Delphine is Albert's daughter from an 18-year-old extra-marital relationship and DNA has recently proved the link. But, socially, they hardly know each other as yet.

Delphine Boel, as she was, had a long struggle to force the Belgian king to acknowledge her as his daughter. Her claim first appeared in a Belgian magazine in 1997. This was initially greeted with silence and then resistance.


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