Sunday, December 23, 2007


Bahrain Belgium Bhutan Brunei Cambodia Denmark Japan Jordan Kuwait Lesotho Liechtenstein Luxembourg Malaysia Monaco Morocco Nepal Netherlands Norway OmanList of Succession to the Belgian Throne Qatar Saudi ArabiaList of Succession to the Belgian Throne Spain Swaziland Sweden Thailand Tonga United Kingdom Belgium uses full (lineal) equal primogeniture; since 1991 males and females have equal rights of succession but this only counts for the offspring of King Albert II, effectively barring the female descended offspring of Leopold II, Albert I and Leopold III from the throne. Prior to 1991 Belgium used Salic law.

List of succession
Current king: Albert II, b. 1934
Some scholars maintain that Prince Alexander, b. 1942, (eldest son of King Leopold III's second marriage and half-brother to King Albert II) is legally in line to the throne (currently 15th) but the public generally believes that the descendants of this second marriage have no right to the throne. Given the fact that Prince Alexander is childless and his remote position in the line of succession, after the Prince's death this issue will have no future consequences with regard to the line of succession.

HRH Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, b. 1960 (eldest son of King Albert II)
HRH Princess Elisabeth, b. 2001 (daughter of the Duke of Brabant)
HRH Prince Gabriel, b. 2003 (eldest son of the Duke of Brabant)
HRH Prince Emmanuel, b. 2005 (youngest son of the Duke of Brabant)
HI&RH Princess Astrid, b. 1962 (daughter of King Albert II)
HI&RH Prince Amedeo, b. 1986 (Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Hereditary Duke of Modena; future head of the House of Austria-Este) (eldest son of Princess Astrid)
HI&RH Princess Maria Laura, b. 1988 (Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Princess of Modena) (eldest daughter of Princess Astrid)
HI&RH Prince Joachim, b. 1991 (Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Prince of Modena) (youngest son of Princess Astrid)
HI&RH Princess Luisa Maria, b. 1995 (Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Princess of Modena) (second daughter of Princess Astrid)
HI&RH Princess Laetitia Maria, b. 2003 (Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Princess of Modena) (youngest daughter of Princess Astrid)
HRH Prince Laurent, b. 1963 (youngest son of King Albert II)
HRH Princess Louise, b. 2004 (daughter of Prince Laurent)
HRH Prince Nicolas, b. 2005 (son of Prince Laurent)
HRH Prince Aymeric, b. 2005 (son of Prince Laurent)

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