The Belgian Monarchy Twitter account posted a short clip of a kitesurfing King Philippe of the Belgians with wishes for a happy summer for everyone in the three official languages of Belgium and in English.
Video: Veel plezier deze zomer! / Bel été à tous! / Genießen Sie den Sommer! / Enjoy the summer! Filip – Philippe https://t.co/ktFwUg2X1U
— Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) July 7, 2017
Frank Vanleenhove of Surfers Paradise club in Knokke confirmed that King Philippe comes there to kitesurf, “I am not allowed to say much about, but I can confirm that the King comes here to kitesurf. I taught him how to do it a few year ago. The King learned very fast, but his only handicap is his lack of time. If he has time at all, then there still needs to be enough to kitesurf. He doesn’t need anyone to accompany him, and he’s very good at planning it alone.”
The Palace commented, “This concerns a homemade video, made during a private excursion. The King enjoys all kinds of sports, such as hiking and kitesurfing.” The Palace refused to confirm if the video was made in Knokke.
The King of the Belgians showed no signs of the back problems he suffered last month, which had forced him to cancel a day of engagements. A day later the King revealed his back problems during his visit to a radio station and explained he was so fatigued from not having slept for three days due to the pain in his back.
King Philippe has been King of the Belgians since the abdication of his father, King Albert II, on 21 July 2013. He has been married to Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz since 1999, and the couple has four children: Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant (born 2001), Prince Gabriel (born 2003), Prince Emmanuel (born 2005) and Princess Eléonore (born 2008).