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Fireworks welcome new King

(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Fireworks wrap up celebrations in Brussels to welcome Philippe and his wife Mathilde as Belgian's new king and queen. Belgium swore in Philippe on Sunday (July 21) after his father Albert II abdicated, subduing for a day questions about his ability to bring a divided country together and the power of the monarchy. Philippe's investiture was tagged onto festivities already planned for July 21, which is Belgium's national day and also marked 20 years of Albert's reign. Philippe is the seventh king of the 183-year-old country which is split across the middle. Many Dutch speakers seek greater autonomy for Flanders in the north and are wary of a monarchy seen to be rooted in the once powerful, but now poorer French-speaking Wallonia in the south. Fewer than half of the people in Flanders believe Philippe will be a good king compared with two-thirds in Wallonia, according to an opinion poll.

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