What will King Filip be doing on his first day? Author: Colin Clapson

Belga
Mon 22/07/2013 - 11:01 Colin Clapson Today is the first day at the office for Belgium's brand new King Filip. Belgium's new monarch is being thrown in at the deep end and will be seeing Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (Francophone socialist) at 11am.

King Albert, who despite the abdication retains his royal title 'king', used to see the prime minister every Monday at 11am and this is a custom that King Filip intends to honour.

King Filip rejects government’s resignation

22/7/13 - Belgium's brand new King Filip had a full day ahead of him. Around 11am he met Premier Elio Di Rupo, who according to tradition offered the resignation of his cabinet, but the new king was quick to take decisive action and refused to accept the resignation.

True to tradition PM Elio Di Rupo will tender the resignation of his six-party government. This is a resignation that the King traditionally refuses to accept. The resignation is seen as a symbolic act "out of respect for the monarchy".

The last time that this happened was in 1993 following the death of King Boudewijn. Belgium's new king at that time, King Albert, also refused to accept the government's resignation.

Sunday was a busy day. Today will be no different with King Filip expected to attend a series of get-to-know-you receptions with members of the devolved governments, parliamentary speakers as well as the highest ranking officials of the judiciary and the Court of Auditors.