BELGIUM: Prince Royal

So you are the King. Dull work at your age, eh?

—Bernard Shaw,

Caesar and Cleopatra

At 19, Belgium's Prince Baudouin last week assumed the dull duties (though not yet the full pomps) of kingship. In Brussels, the Belgian Parliament voted to accept King Leopold Ill's offer to stand down from the throne; Baudouin would become "Prince Royal" and act as regent until his 21st birthday, then become king. Thus Parliament hoped to end the state of near-civil war which has rocked Belgium since Leopold's return from exile (TIME, July 31, et seq.).

Later that day, lanky, bespectacled Baudouin (who despite his spindle-thin...

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