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Léopold III

  • Birth 3 Nov 1901
  • Death 25 Sep 1983
  • Burial Laken, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
  • Plot The Royal Crypt
  • Memorial ID 5525

Belgian Monarch. Descendant of the dynasty of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, he ascended the throne in 1934. In 1940, when Nazi Germany invaded Belgium, he refused to go into exile, signed the surrender, and he gave himself to the enemy who confined him in the castle of Laeken until 1944. At the end of World War II, he was accused of weakness, and judged incapable of reigning, was forced into exile in Switzerland. In 1951, after his return to Belgium, he abdicated in favor of his son Baudouin.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 25 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5525
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Léopold III (3 Nov 1901–25 Sep 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5525, citing Notre Dame Church, Laken, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .