The rumours that the man that was then King had a child from an extra-marital relationship first surfaced in 1999. Delphine Boël first stated publicly on the record that she was the daughter of Belgium’s then Head of State in a 2005 interview. Court proceeding were initiated after King Albert’s abdication in 2013.
Delphine Boël’s barrister Marc Uyttendaele to journalists that his client is ‘delighted” with the court’s decision.
"A judicial victory will never replace a father's love, but it does offer a sense of justice Many more children who have gone through similar ordeals may be able to find the strength to face them", Mr Uyttendaele added.
The ruling means that Delphine Boël and her two children can now hold the surname of her father, Saxe-Cobourg.
It also means that after King Albert's death Ms Boël will be entitled to receive an inheritance, along Prince Laurent, Princess Astrid and King Filip, King Albert’s three other children.
However, despite now being able to call herself a princess Delphine Boël won’t receive any royal endowment.