Belgium’s King Albert goes on strike

By admin
30 January 2014

Belgium's former King Albert II is reportedly boycotting public events because he doesn't feel he is given a large enough allowance to live on.

Belgium's former King is boycotting public events because he doesn't feel he is given a large enough allowance to live on.

Albert II - who abdicated last year to allow his son King Phillipe to succeed the throne - and his wife Queen Paola have missed several public events recently, and he has indicated they will not be present for an annual New Year's reception for the country's government, regional diplomats, judiciary and senior clergy later this week.

And insiders told Belgium's Het Nieuwsblad newspaper that the former king is skipping the events to "express his dissatisfaction" over a reduction of his state allowance from £933 000 when he was head of state to £760 000 since his abdication last July.

However, the royal palace insisted he was merely taking a step back to allow his son to flourish as king.

A spokesperson said: "Since Philippe ascended the throne, King Albert has faded from the public scene in favour of his son."

The move comes months after Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo insisted there would be no negotiations over Albert's allowance, following reports he was unhappy with the amount.

He said at the time:"The government is not going to change one comma of the accord thrashed out earlier this year on annual payments to the royal family."

- Bang Showbiz

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