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Daughter of Belgium’s former king wins long battle to become princess

Brussells: A Belgian artist who has fought a seven-year legal battle to prove that Belgium’s former King Albert II is her father secured a literally crowning success in court on Thursday when she officially became a princess.

Belgium’s appeals court granted Delphine Boel the title “Princess of Belgium” after the former monarch’s DNA test proved that he was her father, Boel’s lawyers said in a statement, adding Boel was “fully satisfied” with the ruling.

Artist Delphine Boel will become a royal after a Brussels court ruled in her favour in a decades-old royal paternity scandal pitting her against former King Albert II.

Artist Delphine Boel will become a royal after a Brussels court ruled in her favour in a decades-old royal paternity scandal pitting her against former King Albert II. Credit:AP

The DNA test revealed in January that Albert II is the biological father of Boel, putting an end to Boel’s long-running paternity claim.

Albert, who abdicated six years ago in favour of his son Philippe, had long contested Boel’s claim.

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