King Philippe salutes the crowds in Belgium

King Philippe I salutes the crowds in Belgium, succeeding his 79-year-old father Albert II following his formal abdication.

Belgium's seventh monarch took his oath in Belgium's three official languages - Dutch, French and German. His father abdicated following 20 years on the throne.

King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde salute the crowd from the balcony of the Royal Palace. Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman
King Philippe of Belgium takes the oath during a swearing in ceremony at the Belgian Parliament. Credit: REUTERS/Bruno Fahy
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium salute the crowd from a convertible limousine. Credit: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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