Tuesday, July 21, 2009

National Day of Belgium

On this day in 1831, Leopold, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha publicly swore allegiance to the constitution of the newly independent state of Belgium, becoming its first king. The reigning king, Albert II, is his great-great-grandson. Matterhorn gives an account of his life here.

My thanks to Matterhorn.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link! He was a fascinating person, although I prefer the later Belgian kings, especially Albert I and Leopold III. Somehow, Leopold I always seems very intelligent and capable, but a little cold.