Belgium’s beloved king
King Philippe of Belgium was born on April 15, 1960 as the eldest son of King Albert II and Queen Paola. Following his studies at the Belgian Royal Military Academy, he obtained his wings as a fighter pilot. In December 1999 he married Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz. The couple has four children together. After the abdication of his father on July 21, 2013, Philippe became the seventh king of Belgium.
Britain and Belgium's royals, along with German top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel, have commemorated the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Over half a million soldiers were killed in one of World War I's worst battles.