Philippe of Belgium’s Ten-Year Reign: A Closer Look at Controversies and Missteps

2023-06-30 04:00:00

On July 21, 2023, Philippe of Belgium celebrates his ten years of reign. Ten years during which the son of Albert II was anxious to be beyond reproach. Can we therefore speak of a reign without any missteps? Not so sure…

On December 1, 2015, a photo made the rounds of the press. We see King Philippe in a bathrobe sipping a fruit juice while quietly reading a book. A second shot shows Queen Mathilde sitting by her side in the same casual outfit. The couple is in fact undergoing a makeover, at the Quiberon thalassotherapy center in Brittany. What outrages the Belgians is the timing. The photos were taken on November 20, 2015, when Belgium went into a state of maximum alert in the wake of the Paris attacks. Our sovereigns benefit from the thalasso…

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