This is up 10% on a survey carried out by ‘Royalty’ this time last year. Just before King Filip took over as King of the Belgians from his father King Albert II on 21 July last year, a survey showed that less than half (49%) of Flemings had confidence in his ability to fulfil the role of Belgian monarch.
The editor-in-chief of ‘Royalty’ Robin Vissenaekens told ‘De Zondag’ that "The King has clearly distanced himself from his father and has shown that in fact he is a better King than he was a Crown Prince”. Mr Vissenaekens also points to the important role played by King Filip’s Chief of Staff Frans Van Daele who assisted the King during the recent federal coalition talks.
A total of 1,000 Flemings took part in the survey. On Wednesday 3 December it will be 500 days since Filip I became king.