In case you haven't been living under a happy little rock during the last few days and weeks, you are probably all too aware that today is a big day in Belgium. This morning, King Albert II abdicated and about an hour later King Philippe, or Filip depending on which of Belgium's languages you prefer, took his oath in front of the two parliaments.
Grand Duke Henri, whose mother, the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, was a sister of King Albert II and thus a Princess of Belgium as well, sent two letters of congratulations to his uncle and cousin.
To King Albert II
Majesty,on the occassion of Your abdication, I would like to express my deepest respect for Your great skill and Your exemplary commitment during Your reign. The Grand Duchess and my family join me in wishing You as well as Her Majesty Queen Paola much happiness and joy in this new stage of Your life.Henri,
Grand Duke of Luxembourg
To King Philippe
Majesty,on the occassion of Your inauguration, the Grand Duchess and the people of Luxembourg join me in offering You as well as Her Majesty the Queen our warmest congratulations wishing You every success in the excercise of the great responsibilities entrusted in You. The wishes may apply to Your personal happiness and that of the Royal Family as well as for the prosperity of the Belgian people who are united with the Luxembourgish people by so many ties of friendship and cooperation.Henri,Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Source: Cour grand-ducale