July 2, 1959 – Wedding of Albert Prince of Liège and Paola Ruffo di Calabria.
Today, King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary, making them the longest married Belgian royal couple. On July 2, 1959, Prince Albert of Belgium, second son of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of the Belgians, married Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, daughter of Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, a First World War flying ace, and Countess Luisa Gazelli. In 1993, upon the death of Prince Albert’s childless older brother, King Baudouin I, Albert and Paola succeeded to the Belgian throne. Their marriage has known painful and tragic times, but today they are a devoted couple. The Cross of Laeken
21 July 2013: King Albert II of Belgium abdicated on Belgium’s National Day and his eldest son, Prince Philippe, the Duke of Brabant, assumed the throne as King Philippe of Belgium. Once Philippe had taken the oath of office as King of the Belgians, his eldest daughter, Princess Élisabeth, became heiress apparent and therefore Duchess of Brabant.