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Prince Philippe sworn in as new king of Belgium

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Prince Philippe took the oath as Belgium's seventh king Sunday, shortly after Albert II abdicated, amid hopes he can live up to his father's work in keeping the fragile country united.

Philippe, 53, was sworn in at just after noon (1015 GMT) before parliament, pledging to serve and protect the country to the best of his ability.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130721/prince-philippe-sworn-new-king-belgium