A real moment of emotion for Delphine Boël. Last February, the 52-year-old artist was officially recognized in court as the daughter of Albert II after a long battle to have the King of the Belgians recognize her paternity thanks to a paternity test. And if we thought that the story would end here, it is not. And for good reason, it is with great emotion that Delphine Boël met her father on Sunday October 25, photo support.
The meeting took place at the Belvedere Castle, home of King Albert II, and in particular in the presence of Queen Paola. “After the tumults, wounds and suffering comes the time for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation”, declared the royal palace in a statement relayed by Le Point, which describes this meeting as “a new chapter”, which “opened up, imbued with emotions, appeasement, understanding and, also, hope”. “Each of us was able to express, calmly and with empathy, our feelings and our experiences,” the statement continued. A path of “forgiveness” and “reconciliation” that Delphine Boël and her father King Albert II have “decided to take resolutely together”.
King Albert of Belgium met with his illegitimate daughter Princess Delphine on Sunday for the first time since she was officially recognized.They met at Albert’s home, Castle Belvédère, accompanied by his wife Queen Paola. pic.twitter.com/KoCZekzs9L
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Delphine Boël officially recognized as Princess of Belgium
It was in 1968 that Delphine Boël was born from the long affair of her mother, Baroness Sybille de Sélys Longchamps, with King Albert. If she was in contact with her father for a long time until his teenage years, he finally distanced himself from his illegitimate daughter in 2001, when her existence, hitherto hidden, was revealed. It was then a long legal battle that was launched by Delphine Boël, which ended on October 1 when she was officially recognized as Princess of Belgium under the title of Her Royal Highness Delphine of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha , Princess of Belgium, but also as one of her father’s heiresses. A title that she will also be able to pass on to her two children, Joséphine and Oscar, born from her marriage to Jim O’Hare, who supported her in her legal proceedings.
King Albert II with Queen Paola and her illegitimate daughter Delphine Boël © ALAIN ROLLAND