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King Leopold III
« on: August 14, 2006, 11:06:38 AM »
Hello  :)

Does anyone know what was the official or social style of King Leopold III of the Belgians after abdicating in favor of his son?

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2006, 12:21:35 PM »
I believe he retained the title of His Majesty King Leopold III.   ;)
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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006, 09:28:36 AM »
Hello  :)

Thank you Prince Lieven...

Leopold III was an unlucky monarch, he chose to remain in his country with his people, during the German occupation, to which he was no puppet...Many contemporary Belgians considered him a traitor for this (he kind of cooperated when Belgium had no chance against the III Reich...)

King Frederik IX of Denmark did the same thing, yet the Danes saw in him a heroe, a national icon...

I believe many Belgians of then were very unfair to him...

And also they almost denied him the chance of being in a happy relation...When he married Mlle Baels, later on Psse de RĂ©thy, many saw in this a treason to their beloved Queen Astrid, tragically taken from them 6 years before...







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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006, 09:44:54 AM »
I think his people thought he had surrendered too easily.  :-\ Then again, fighting on would have only caused more deaths.
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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2006, 10:27:35 AM »
 I think that was Leopold's point of view...and many Wallons, maybe inspired by the French, liked the idea of a republic... :o

Luckily for Belgium they mantained the Monarchy...no one knows the future, but if there is a country that almost makes no sense as a republic is Belgium...

For the record: the current Belgian Royal Family is one of my favorit ones... :D and I also like Belgium...

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006, 01:02:10 PM »
His actions, fairly or not, were contrasted with that of his beloved father, Albert I, during WW1. LIII came out very unfavorably.
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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2006, 10:47:27 PM »
Almost a month & a half ago, I bought a book, on the royal families of Europe. On one of the pages, I came across a newspaper clipping of the Chicago Tribune's obituary for King Leopold III of Belgium (d. 1983) I was quite suprised by this little treasure & was meaning to post about it but between trips out of town & working with the football team, I completely forgot.

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2006, 07:24:03 AM »
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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2006, 09:21:11 PM »
I've found it (I have to type it out manually)

"Tribune, Monday, September 26, 1983
"Brussels-King Leopold III, 81, forced to abdicate the throne of Belgium to his son over his World War II relations with Hitler's Germany, died Sunday a few hours after undergoing heart surgery, the palace announced. The palace said he died a few hours after emergency surgery by a team of Belgian & American doctors at a Brussels university hospital. The palace announcement said: 'King Leopold III was urgently taken to the Louvain University Hospital in Brussels. He had a coronary bridging performed aiming at correcting the insufficient irrigation of the myocardium [heart muscle]. A few hours after the operation, a failure of the myocardium occurred leading to death the same day.' King Leopold was born in Brussels, on Nov. 3, 1901, the eldest of three children of King Albert & Queen Elisabeth. He ascended the throne on Feb. 23, 1934, becoming Belgium's fourth monarch since the nation gained independence from the Dutch in 1830. He succeeded his father, who died in a climbing accident in southern Belgium. He was regarded as an authotarian leader who preferred the council of a select group of advisers to that of official ministers & that often created conflicts at the palace."

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2006, 09:31:37 PM »
Obituary Cont'd
" In May, 1940, when Nazi troops rolled into Belgium, he placed himself at the head of Belgium's poorly equipped armed forces, but they were unable to withstand the German attack. His ministers advised him to flee abroad & set up a government in exile. Instead, he surrendered to the Germans on May 28, 18 days after the invasion & was held prisoner in Belgium, Germany & Austria during the war, until Allied forces freed him in Austria. While a captive he married Mary Liliane Baels, a London-born commoner 15 years his junior, in a civil ceremony in Laeken Palace near Brussels. The marriage, King Leopold's second, made Liliane a princess without claim to the throne. She was pregnant at the time of the civil ceremony, but it was later revealed that the couple had been married in a church ceremony three months earlier. The end of the war brought a bitter debate in Belgium over Leopold's desicion to surrender. The debate was aggrivated by Leopold's second marriage because in heavily Roman Catholic Belgium, a civil marriage ceremony must precede the church rite. King Leopold in Switzerland, refused to return to Belgium because of the controversy and his younger brother, Prince Charles, was named as regent. He returned in 1950, after a referendum showed 58 percent of Belgians in favor of his return. Rioting broke out, however, and as the violence worsened, King Leopold abdicated in favor of his son, Baudouin on Aug. 1."

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2006, 09:34:59 PM »
Obituary cont'd
"Baudouin formally took the throne more than a year later, on Sept. 7, 1951. King Leopold's first wife, Princess Astrid, whom he had married at the age of 26, died when a sports car driven by King Leopold hit a tree & plunged into a lake in Switzerland in August, 1935. His younger brother, Prince Charles, died last June at age 79."

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2008, 07:08:59 PM »
Today exactly 25 years ago, on 25 September 1983, King Leopold III of the Belgians died unexpectedly at the St Luc hospital in St. Lambrechts-Woluwe, Brussels.

A mass will be celebrated today on Thursday 25 September at the church of Our Lady in Laeken. The royal Vault will be open for the public.

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2008, 12:06:37 PM »
When and where was he inaugurated as King please, many thanks

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2010, 10:38:51 AM »
I checked the whole board and i didnt found a topic about him (just for Astrid or Lillian) . If there s a topic alike, pleaee feel  free to merge this one.

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Re: King Leopold III
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2010, 10:40:31 AM »
In different aspects (except the one of the top right, That s his father.)




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