Sad news for Albert II fans. Speculation had been rife that the former king of the Belgians is about to announce his retirement from all public activities, at age 86, with immediate effect.
UPDATE 23/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Being a monarch isn't fun anymore
“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being a monarch just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.
For a little while on Friday evening, #ThankYouAlbert II was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.
“Albert II was unlike any other monarch we’ve ever seen! #ThankYouAlbert II”
— @universalObserver, 22 Jan 2021
“Albert II wasn't retired?”
— @borisB0, 22 Jan 2021
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