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Albert I

  • Birth 8 Apr 1875 Brussels, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
  • Death 17 Feb 1934 Namur, Arrondissement de Namur, Namur, Belgium
  • Burial Laken, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
  • Plot The Royal Crypt
  • Memorial ID 5355

Belgian Monarch. Born Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad in Brussels, Belgium, the son of Philippe Eugène de Belgique, Comte de Flandre and Marie Luise Alexandrine Karoline Prinzessin von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The 1869 death of his cousin and the 1891 death of his elder brother made him the heir to the Belgian throne. He married Elisabeth Gabriele Herzogin in Bayern in October 1900 in Munich, Bavaria. The couple had three children. At the onset of the First World War, Belgium declared its neutrality, Germany, however, demanded that Belgium allow German forces cross its territory so that they could gain access to French borders. Albert resisted the demand and took personal charge of his forces. Germany invaded Belgium in August 1914, overrunning the country's limited forces. The king moved the Belgian government to Le Havre, though he established himself in De Panne and then in Kasteel De Moeren. Attempts to negotiate a peace were unsuccessful and in fall 1918, he successfully commanded the Belgian army during the Courtrai offensive, and re-entered Brussels in November. He and his government spent the next ten years in national reconstruction. In 1925, he founded Africa's first national park, now known as Virunga National Park in what was then the Belgian Congo. A skilled mountineer, he died during a solo ascent on the Roche du Vieux Bon Dieu at Marche-les-Dames near Namur. He was succeeded by his son, Leopold III.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 3 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5355
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert I (8 Apr 1875–17 Feb 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5355, citing Notre Dame Church, Laken, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .