Leopold I of Belgium

German prince who became the first King of the Belgians (1790-1865)

Leopold I (16 December 1790 – 10 December 1865) was the first king of the Belgians, reigning from July 1831 until his death.

King Leopold I of Belgium


  • He is as uncontrollable and crabby as one can imagine. Not to be understood, because neither his mother nor his father is like that.
Prince Leopold I about his son (The later infamous Leopold II) in a letter to his niece Queen Victoria in 1844..
  • Take a serious look at yourself. Ask yourself questions about your mood, the way you view the world and people, think about your mistakes and the dangers they unleash. Today the character of a person determines whether he can exercise influence and authority, far more than all the minds on this earth. As you know, this is all the more true in Belgium, and Belgians want to see in their leader the qualities they will never want from themselves.
Leopold I In a letter to his son Prince Leopold II

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