Expectation in the heir: The next generation waiting to ascend the throne

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Expectation in the heir: The next generation waiting to ascend the throne

Philippe of Belgium, 52, was groomed from childhood to succeed his childless uncle, King Baudouin. Upon Baudouin's untimely death in 1993, however, the 33-year-old prince was deemed insufficiently experienced to hold together a country suffering from a linguistic and ethnic divide.

As a result, the role went instead to his father, Albert. But with every passing day, Philippe closely observes the art of rule, and will one day revisit the throne with his wife Mathilde as his right-hand woman