Former Belgian king’s love child attends first royal event

Jul 23, 2021
Princess Delphine attended her first royal engagement on Wednesday. Source: Getty

The newly styled Princess Delphine of Belgium has made her first public appearance since being officially recognised as the daughter of former King Albert II last year.

Delphine, 54, attended a military parade in front of the royal palace on Wednesday as part of Belgium’s National Day celebrations. The newly-appointed princess was accompanied by her husband Jim O’Hare.

For the occasion, Delphine opted for a statement outfit – a dress featuring geometric shapes with a matching hat and face mask. She finished off the look with green stilettos.

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Princess Delphine and her husband Jim O’Hare pictured arriving at Belgium’s National Day celebrations on Wednesday. Source: Getty

Delphine’s half-brother King Philippe and his wife Queen Mathilde were also pictured at the event.

King Philippe and his wife Queen Mathilde arriving to the festivities. Source: Getty.
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Princess Delphine sat in a different royal box from her half–brother. Source: Getty

Delphine, an artist whose mother had an affair with the former king, won the legal right to be recognised as a princess last year. Her lawyer shared the news with Belgium newspaper Het Nieuwsblad at the time, revealing she would now be known as Delphine of Saxen-Coburg-Gotha, princess of Belgium.

“She is delighted with this court decision which ends a long process which is particularly painful for her and her family,” her lawyer said in a statement. “A legal victory will never replace the love of a father but offers a feeling of justice, further reinforced by the fact that many children who have gone through the same ordeals will find the strength to face them.”

Not only is Delphine now known as princess, the right has also been extended to her children Josephine and Oscar, now prince and princess of Belgium.

The 54-year-old launched her legal bid to be granted the same rights and titles as the 86-year-old former monarch’s other children — Philippe, now King of Belgium, Prince Laurent and Princess Astrid — in September, just months after Albert finally admitted he was Delphine’s father in January of this year, after a court-ordered DNA test came back positive.

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