An artist and sculptor, 52-year-old Delphin Boel, whose mother had an extra-marital affair with Albert in the 1960s and ’70s, appealed to a Brussels court to use the Saxe-Coburg surname of his biological father Should be able to The court will give its verdict on 29 October.
King Albert, 86, who was removed from the Belgian throne in 2013, was forced to admit that he was Boel’s biological father following a DNA-testing order last January.
Boel, who had spent time with Albert as a child, gave him the nickname Papillon (Butterfly), had sought acknowledgment for over 20 years, but her requests were denied. She began a legal battle to prove paternity in June 2013, the older of her two children, Josephine, was hospitalized with pneumonia, and she felt the absence of her biological father.
Boël’s claim received a significant boost last autumn, when the Court of Appeal decided that Jacques Boël, with whom she had grown up, was not his biological father and required an expert to compare his DNA with Albert’s Instructed to do a test.
The emperor agreed to sample a saliva – which proved to be his paternity – after the courts threatened to pay him a € 5,000 (£ 4,370) fine for each day.
Boell’s lawyer, Mark Uyendelele, said she simply wanted to be treated the same as Albert’s other children. “Those titles are things that belong to her, just as they are to other children of King Albert. My client never intended to treat the king, his brothers and other children of his sister in exactly the same way. ”
Ellen Bernbom, working for the former king, said that the issue of royal titles should be in the hands of the state rather than the courts. He said, “So far as the title is concerned, it is not the prerogative of the Court, but the head of executive power, so in our opinion”.
On the day Albert stepped down from the throne citing malaise seven years ago, Boel’s mother, Baroness Sybil de Lalcichampps, gave a TV interview in which she first spoke publicly about her affair with the king. .
“I felt I couldn’t have children because I had an infection,” she said of the relationship, which lasted from 1966 to 1984. “We took no precautions.”
He said: “It was a beautiful time. Delfin was a love child. Albert was not a father figure, but she was very dear to him. ”