Albert I, King of the Belgians
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Albert I, King of the Belgians

(April 8, 1875, Brussels – February 17, 1934, accident near Namur), King of the Belgians. Albert was the youngest son of Philippe Count of Flanders and Maria of Hohenzollern. In 1900 he married Elisabeth of Bavaria. They had three children: Leopold, Charles, and Marie-José. In 1909 he inherited the Belgian throne from his uncle Leopold II, and in stark contrast to the latter, immediately enjoyed enormous popularity. Instilled with a sense of duty, Albert also turned out to be a man of sober and level-headed conduct.

In political terms Albert strove to end…

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van Ypersele, Laurence, “Albert I, King of the Belgians”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0008>
First published online: 2015



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