Monarchy and beards
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Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe has grown a beard, sparking claims he will soon be king.
The 50-year-old royal sported the tidy grey facial hair for the first time last weekend, and rumours are rife his change in image suggests the prince is planning to ascend to the throne.
Top Italian hairdresser Figaro Pasquale told Dutch-language newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws: "He is ready for the throne. His beard shows that, it suggests a depth and confidence and projects a majestic man."
French newspaper La Derniere-Heure reports: "Some believe that it gives him a more mature appearance, more assured, others say it makes him look a bit old. We must wait until he returns from holiday to find out if this hirsuteness is temporary."
Philippe has been groomed from childhood to succeed his childless uncle, King Baudouin.
However, when Baudouin died in 1993, the prince was deemed too inexperienced to rule the country and his father Albert ascended to the throne instead.
Since then, some critics have claimed Philippe should give up the chance to become king if his daughter Elizabeth - who is currently eight - is old enough to take over from 75-year-old Albert.
The last Belgian monarch to sport a beard was King Leopold II, who ruled at the beginning of the 20th century.
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