King Leopold II is estimated by some historians to have been responsible for the deaths of 10 million Congolese King Philippe's apology and the removal of Leopold's statue came as Congo marked the 60th anniversary of its independence
King Philippe's apology and the removal of Leopold's statue came as Congo marked the 60th anniversary of its independence Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd have renewed debate over Belgium's colonial past
As Belgium marked the 60th anniversary of the end of its colonial rule in Congo, King Philippe became its first monarch to express remorse over the bloodshed.
In a letter to the Congolese president, Felix Tshisekedi, Philippe stopped short of issuing a formal apology, but proclaimed his "deepest regrets" for the "acts of violence and cruelty" and the "suffering and humiliation" inflicted on Belgian Congo.
Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has called for "an in-depth" debate conducted "without taboo".