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Albert I - Roi des Belges - Thuin, Belgique
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PaulLassiter
N 50° 20.375 E 004° 17.200
31U E 591559 N 5577179
Quick Description: [FR] Troisième roi des Belges. A partir de la Première Guerre mondiale, il est surnommé le Roi Soldat ou le Roi Chevalier. [EN] Third King of the Belgians. From the First World War onwards, he was nicknamed the Soldier King or the Knight King.
Location: Hainaut, Belgium
Date Posted: 10/17/2019 10:07:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM11FZB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
[FR]

"Au pied du Beffroi de Thuin, le buste royal du roi chevalier occupe la place d'honneur du monument aux morts des deux grandes guerres.

Albert Ier de Belgique est né en 1875 à Bruxelles et est mort accidentellement à Marche-les-Dames en 1934. En 1909 il succède à son oncle Léopold II comme roi des Belges. Il avait épousé Élisabeth, duchesse en Bavière, le 2 octobre 1900 à Munich. le couple a eu trois enfants dont le futur roi Léopold III en 1901, Charles en 1903 et Marie-José en 1906.

Pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, après la violation de la neutralité belge par l'Allemagne impériale en août 1914, il résiste à l'armée allemande et parvient à conserver sous son autorité une toute petite partie du territoire belge. Son action lui vaut le surnom de roi-chevalier. Dès octobre 1914, il mène une action diplomatique destinée à rétablir la paix (contact avec le Vatican pour peser sur l'Autriche-Hongrie). En 1917, il appuie l'initiative de paix du prince Sixte de Bourbon-Parme auprès de Charles Ier de Habsbourg nouvel empereur d'Autriche. La diplomatie française la fera échouer.

Il a conçu son rôle de souverain comme celui d'un arbitre ; il a appuyé la loi de décembre 1918 instituant le suffrage universel masculin en Belgique. En 1928 il fonde le Fonds national de la recherche scientifique."

[EN]

"At the foot of the Belfry of Thuin, the royal bust of the knight king occupies the place of honour of the monument to the dead of the two world wars.

Albert I of Belgium was born in 1875 in Brussels and died accidentally in Marche-les-Dames in 1934. In 1909 he succeeded his uncle Leopold II as king of the Belgians. He married Elisabeth, duchess in Bavaria, on 2 October 1900 in Munich. The couple had three children, including the future King Leopold III in 1901, Charles in 1903 and Marie-José in 1906.

During the First World War, after the violation of Belgian neutrality by imperial Germany in August 1914, he resisted the German army and managed to keep a very small part of Belgian territory under his authority. His action earned him the nickname of king knight. From October 1914 onwards, he undertook diplomatic action aimed at restoring peace (contact with the Vatican to influence Austria-Hungary). In 1917, he supported the peace initiative of Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma with Charles I of Habsburg, the new emperor of Austria. French diplomacy will make it fail.

He conceived his role as sovereign as that of an arbitrator; he supported the law of December 1918 instituting universal male suffrage in Belgium. In 1928 he founded the National Fund for Scientific Research."

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Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: King of Belgium, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha

Country or Empire of Influence: Belgique

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