Baudouin of Belgium

Fifth King of the Belgians

Baudouin (7 September 1930 – 31 July 1993) was King of the Belgians from 1951 until his death in 1993. He was the last Belgian king to be sovereign of the Congo. He was the elder son of King Leopold III and his first wife, Princess Astrid of Sweden. Because he and his wife, Queen Fabiola, had no children, at Baudouin's death the crown passed to his younger brother, King Albert II.

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  • The ultimate goal of our endeavor is to lead the congolese populations in prosperity and peace on the road to independence without delay but also without rash haste.

Boudewijn: Naar het hart van de koning - aflevering 2, Een Coburg in Congo (4 Part Biographical documentary about King Baudouin) From the January 13, 1959 speech addressing the nation by radio and declared that Belgium would work towards the full independence of the Belgian Congo.

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