Happy Canada Day or Happy Fourth of July or just Happy First Week in July to you all!
UPDATES:Well, well, well. Here I thought the only thing I might miss on my little hiatus was the birth of a certain British kid, but no!
Belgium’s King Albert II announced in a broadcast that he will abdicate in favor of his son, Philippe, on July 21 (Belgium’s National Day). The 79-year-old king cited ill health as the cause of his abdication, and said it was time to pass the torch.
We’ll have more on that when the blog returns.
A couple other royal news bulletins:
- Egypt’s Princess Fawzia, first wife of the Shah of Iran, passed away on July 2 at the age of 92.
- Prince Floris and Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau welcomed a son, Willem Jan, on July 1. This is their third child – they have two daughters, Magali and Eliane. Floris is the son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, and a cousin to King Willem-Alexander.