Updated: Philippe sworn in as new Belgian king

Philippe has been sworn in as the sixth King of the Belgians, following the abdication of his father King Albert II after 20 years on the throne.

Philippe, 53, is stepping into a role that is largely ceremonial.

The Belgian monarch can be a key mediator in a country that is split down the middle, into Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia.

Upon being sworn in, King Philippe spoke of cohesion: