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King Albert II ordered to undergo DNA-test to determine paternity



The Court of Appeals in Brussels has ordered King Albert II of Belgium, who abdicated in 2013 in favour of his eldest son, to undergo a DNA-test in order to determine if he is the father of Delphine Boël. The court had already settled that Delphine Boël’s legal father Jacques is not her biological father. King Albert will have three months to undergo the test. In those three months, Jacques Boël will be removed from the registers as Delphine’s legal father.

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Delphine was born in 1968 as the daughter of Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps and was officially recognised by her mother’s husband Jonkheer Jacques Boël (of which the English equivalent would be Esquire). The King made a reference to a crisis ‘thirty years ago’ in the 1999 Christmas speech but has otherwise remained silent on the subject. Delphine Boël has always claimed that it was not about any inheritance, as her legal father is much richer than the King.

In 2013, Delphine summoned King Albert and two of his children, the Duke of Brabant, now King Philippe and Princess Astrid of Belgium, the Archduchess of Austria-Este to court in hopes of obtaining DNA for testing purposes. The King enjoyed immunity at the time, but his abdication in July 2013 opened the way for a new procedure.

The former King of the Belgians was part of a great deal of Delphine’s childhood but has wanted nothing to do with her for the past 20 years. He has also refused to appear in court.

Her lawyers have stated that they have a strong case. “Our stance is parallel with the law. This can only lead to victory. There is so much proof already Delphine is the daughter of Albert II”, Marc Uyttendaele said.

After the DNA-test has been done, the court case will continue on 14 February 2019.