The artist, who successfully fought a seven-year legal battle to prove that she was the daughter of former King Albert II of Belgium, won the right to be recognized as a princess.
The Brussels Court of Appeal ruled that Dolphin Boel, 52, was entitled to her royal father’s name after a fierce battle for recognition.
Boel will be named Dolphin of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Princess of Belgium, her lawyer told the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. Her two children, Josephine and Oscar, will also be recognized as Prince and Princess of Belgium.
In a statement, Boel̵7;s lawyers said their client was pleased to be treated in the same way as Albert’s three children, including the current King Philip.
They added: “She is delighted with this court decision, which ends a long trial that is especially painful for her and her family. A legal victory will never replace a father’s love, but it offers a sense of justice, enhanced by the fact that many children who have endured the same trials will find the strength to resist them. ”
Albert, 86, who abdicated in 2013 in part over litigation over Boel’s alleged paternity, was forced to admit that she was his daughter in January after a court ordered a DNA test. Boel was the result of an extramarital affair between Albert and Baroness Sibyl de Celis Launchamp.
Boel spent time with Albert as a child, calling him “Papillon” (Butterfly), but she searched in vain for more than 20 years.
She began a legal battle to prove paternity in June 2013 after the eldest of her two children, Josephine, was hospitalized with pneumonia and she felt the absence of her biological father.
Boel’s claim received a vital boost last fall when an appeals court ruled that Jacques Boel, with whom she grew up, was not her biological father, and commissioned an expert to test her DNA with Albert.
The king agreed to provide a sample of saliva – confirming his paternity – after the courts threatened to fine him 5,000 euros (£ 4,370) for each day he refused.
On the day Albert ascended the throne seven years ago, citing ill health, Boel’s mother, Baroness Sybil de Celis Lonschamp, gave a television interview in which she first spoke publicly about her affair with the king.
“I thought I couldn’t have children because I had an infection,” she said of the relationship, which is said to have lasted from 1966 to 1984. “We did not take any precautionary measures.”
She continued: “It was a wonderful period. Dolphin was a child of love. Albert was not a father figure, but he was very kind to her. “