Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Royal Palace in Brussels
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Fireworks for Belgium's King Philippe

Crown Prince Philippe has been sworn in as the new Belgian king after the emotional abdication of his father Albert II.

In a colourful ceremony topped off by trumpet fanfare and cannon-fire, Philippe took his oath in the country's three official languages - Dutch, French and German.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde then greeted thousands of well-wishers from the balcony of the Royal Palace before a fireworks display illuminated the night sky.

  • 22 Jul 2013
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