Belgium has a new King. On July 21, Philippe I became the King of the Belgians. His 79-year-old father stepped down to pass on the monarchy to him. At his swearing-in ceremony, King Philippe I took his oath in three languages, Dutch, French, and German, which are the official languages of Belgium. The King is the head of state of Belgium, and the Prime Minister is the head of government. The new king is 53 years old and has four children. His eldest daughter, Princess Elisabeth, who is 11 years old, is now next in line to the throne. Brussels is the capital of Belgium. Some things we all are thankful to the Belgians for are their chocolates and waffles. Recently, the Belgian post office even started selling stamps that smell and taste of chocolate.
Another European royal family in the news was the one in the United Kingdom. Prince William and his wife, Kate, had a baby boy on July 22. Prince William and Kate are known as “the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”, and their son will be known as “Prince of Cambridge”. The birth of their son was awaited by many around the globe. News reporters camped outside the hospital the baby was born in for almost three weeks before his birth. The baby is third in line to become the King of the United Kingdom. The baby’s great-grandmother, Elizabeth II, is the current Queen of the country. The baby’s grandfather, Prince Charles, is next in line, followed by the baby’s father, and then the baby. The baby has been named George Alexander Louis.
Celebrations to honor Prince George were held not just in the United Kingdom but also in some far away countries such as New Zealand and Canada. The reason the Canadians and New Zealanders were celebrating was because the monarch of the United Kingdom is also the monarch of their countries in addition to 13 others. The monarch of the United Kingdom is the head of state, and the prime minister is the head of government.
Did you know?
The baby’s title is “His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge”, and he already has a Wikipedia page.
Did you know?
It is believed that the Belgians invented french fries.
Image Credits: http://www.royal.gov.uk for Prince of Cambridge’s image, Prince_Philippe_of_Belgium,_Duke_of_Brabant.jpg: World Economic Forum and Surtsicna for King Philippe I’s image, and NASA/Bill Ingalls for Queen Elizabeth II’s image
Sources: www.euronews.com, http://www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org/, http://www.royal.gov.uk, Wikipedia, and BBC