Belgium's soon to be King Philip - Filip in Dutch, Philippe in French - will be kept extremely busy on July 21, Belgium's National Day and the day his father King Albert II will abdicate.
The government on Tuesday announced the day's programme, which is a mix of traditional elements such as a Te Deum Mass in the Cathedral and a Military Parade, but also a wreath laying at the War Monument and a appearance on the Palace balcony shortly after King Philip takes the oath of office.
- 9 am: Te Deum in St-Michiels- and St-Goedele Cathedral in Brussels.
- 10.30 am: King Albert II of the Belgians signs the Act of Abdication in the Royal Palace in Brussels.
- 12 pm: Prins Philip takes the oath in the Palace of the Nation, in front of both houses of Parliament.
- 1 pm: Royal Family on the Palace balcony to greet the public.
- 2.10 pm: King Philip pays his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- 4:05 pm: King Philip inspects the civil and military troops ahead of the Military Parade.
- 5 pm: Military Parade in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels.
- 7 pm: The (new) King and Queen Mathilde visit the Warande Park across from the palace.
- 11 pm: The royal family watches the concluding fireworks.
Photo's: © DPP Patrick van Katwijk