Philippe, King of the Belgians, turns 60 on Wednesday, 15 April 2020.
However, celebrations will be very low key due to the coronavirus.
King Philipe and Queen Mathilde are using Skype to keep in touch with various healthcare providers and experts, as well as with those most affected.
King Philippe, like Queen Elizabeth, has conducted his weekly audiences with the Belgian Prime Minister, Sophie Wilmes, by telephone instead of meeting face-to-face.
A Short Biography
Prince Philippe was born in Brussels, the eldest son of King Albert II and Queen Paola and the grandson of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid.
He is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria’s uncle, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and is related to Queen Elizabeth II through another ancestor, Franz, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.
Both King Philippe and Queen Elizabeth are descended from Christian IX of Denmark, who was known as ‘the Father-in-Law of Europe’.
Prince Philippe married Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz in 1999 and they have four children.
Following his father’s abdication, Prince Philippe was sworn in before the combined chambers of parliament on 21 July 2013 as the seventh King of the Belgians.
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