King Albert II of Belgium: The unexpected monarch

King Albert II of Belgium announced his intention to abdicate on 21 July, bringing to the end a 20-year reign. HELLO! Online takes a look at the life of the Belgian royal. See photos from his life in the spotlight – from family days out as a young boy, to tender moments with his wife Queen Paola and official engagements as the King of Belgium.

Our gallery also includes photos of King Albert's brother and sister-in-law, Queen Fabiola with her late husband King Baudouin. Prince Albert ascended to the throne when his brother King Baudouin died unexpectedly in 1993.

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