Royal families and their succession plans

Royal families and their succession plans
Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe hugs his father King Albert II during the King's abdication ceremony at the Royal Palace on Belgian National Day in Brussels.

BRUSSELS - After the abdication on Sunday of King Albert of the Belgians, Europe has two queens, five kings, two princes and a grand duke, making a total of 10 hereditary monarchies.

BELGIUM:

SUCCESSION: The oldest male or female.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Belgium.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: Philippe, King of the Belgians, 53, who Sunday succeeded his father Albert II, 79, who abdicated.

HEIR: Elisabeth, 11

UNITED KINGDOM:

SUCCESSION: The system has been changed so that the eldest offspring of Prince William and his wife Catherine will have priority, whatever their gender.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Windsor.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: Queen Elizabeth II, 87, who is also head of the Commonwealth and the Church of England.

HEIR: Charles, 64.

NETHERLANDS:

SUCCESSION: the oldest male or female offspring.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Orange-Nassau.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: Willem-Alexander, 46, who took the throne on April 30 after the abdication of his mother, Beatrix, 75.

HEIR: His eldest daughter Catharina-Amalia, 9.

SPAIN:

SUCCESSION: Males have priority.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Bourbon.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: King Juan Carlos, 75.

HEIR: Felipe, 45.

DENMARK:

SUCCESSION: the oldest male or female.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Oldenburg.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: Queen Margrethe II, 73.

HEIR: Frederik, 45.

SWEDEN:

SUCCESSION: the oldest male or female.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Bernadotte.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: King Carl XVI Gustaf, 67.

HEIR: Victoria, 36.

NORWAY:

SUCCESSION: the oldest male or female.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Oldenburg.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: King Harald V, 76.

HEIR: Haakon Magnus, 39.

LUXEMBOURG:

SUCCESSION: The oldest male or female.

ROYAL FAMILY: The second House of Nassau.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: Grand Duke Henri, 58.

HEIR: Guillaume, 31.

MONACO:

SUCCESSION: the oldest male.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Grimaldi.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: Prince Albert II, 55.

HEIR: Albert's sister Caroline, 56.

LIECHTENSTEIN:

SUCCESSION: all male descendents have priority.

ROYAL FAMILY: The House of Liechtenstein.

CURRENT SOVEREIGN: Prince Hans-Adam II, 68.

HEIR: Alois, 45.

BRUSSELS, July 21, 2013 (AFP) - Belgium's King Albert II abdicated on Sunday, the country's national day, in favour of his eldest son Philippe.

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