A look at Belgium's future King, Prince Philippe, and his family

Following his father King Albert II of Belgium's announcement that he will abdicate, HELLO! Online takes a look at Belgium's future king Crown Prince Philippe and his family.

Aged 53, Philippe is older brother to Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent.

The prospective monarch married Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium, daughter of Belgian aristocracy, in December 1999. They have four children together: Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore.



Philippe is currently a trade ambassador for his country and frequently travels overseas to to promote their fine produce.

Princess Mathilde is also a respected representative of Belgium, taking part at the annual World Economic Forum every year since 2007. She has been the Honorary President of Unicef Belgium since 2009.

The pair met while at playing tennis at university. The couple enjoy active holidays to keep their brood of four occupied.

The family are always well turned out and often colour-coordinate their clothes, with their sons and daughters sometimes wearing matching outfits.

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