Philippe, King of the Belgians, turns 60 on Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

Philippe, King of the Belgians. Photo: © Royal Palace

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.

Photo: Twitter/Belgian Royal Palace

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.

The first official photo of Prince Philippe on 15 April 1960. Photo: Facebook/The Belgian Monarchy

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 both descended from Christian IX of Denmark, who was known as ‘the Father-in-Law of Europe’.

Royal cousins. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visit Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in 2018. © Royal Palace

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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