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Belgian king’s hidden daughter becomes princess after winning DNA test fight

Daughter (L) and Father (R). PHOTO: AFP/Via BBC

A Belgian artist has won her long legal battle to be confirmed as a princess and the official daughter of former king Albert II, her lawyer said Thursday.

Delphine Boel, 52, becomes Delphine Saxe-Cobourg after the Brussels appeal court endorsed the results of a DNA test, lawyer Marc Uyttendaele told AFP.

“The court affirms that King Albert II is her father,” the lawyer said, a claim confirmed by a judicial source.

“She will henceforth bear the patronym of Saxe-Cobourg. Her other requests that she be treated on the same footing as her brothers and sister were also granted,” he said.

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Albert II, King of the Belgians, reigned between 1993 and 2013 before abdicating in favour of his legitimate son Philippe, the country’s current monarch.

Boel, a sculptor, had been reported to be Albert’s illegitimate daughter since 1997, but it was only last year that a court obliged him to submit a DNA sample.

“She is delighted with this court decision, which puts an end to a lengthy procedure that was particularly painful for her and her family,” the lawyer said.

“A judicial victory will never replace a father’s love, but it does offer a sense of justice, which is further strengthened by the fact that many more children who have gone through similar ordeals may be able to find the strength to face them.”


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