Koning Albert I Leopold Clemence M.M. von Sachsen-Coburg

Koning Albert I Leopold Clemence M.M. von Sachsen-Coburg

Male 1875 - 1934  (58 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 68 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Albert I Leopold Clemence M.M. von Sachsen-Coburg 
    Prefix Koning 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 8 Apr 1875  Brussel, Brabant, B Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Feb 1934  Namur Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6297  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 

    Father Philippe Eugène Ferdinand Marie Clément Baudouin Léopold Georges von Sachsen-Coburg,   b. 24 Mar 1837, Laeken Castle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1905, Palace at the Regentschapstraat, Brussels Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Marie Luise Alexandrine Caroline von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen,   b. 17 Nov 1845, Inzighofen Castle, Inzighofen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1912, Palace at the Regentschapstraat, Brussels Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 1867 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Family ID F2811  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elisabeth Valerie Gabriele Maria von Bayern,   b. 25 Jul 1876, Possenhofen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1965, Brussel, Brabant, B Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1900  München, Bayern Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Koning Leopold III von Sachsen-Coburg,   b. 3 Nov 1901, Brussel, Brabant, B Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1983, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. Charles Theodore Henri Meinrad von Sachsen-Coburg,   b. 10 Oct 1903, Brussel, Brabant, B Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1983, Ostende Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Marie Jose von Sachsen-Coburg,   b. 4 Aug 1906, Ostende Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 2001, Hospital Cantonal, Genf, CH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F2532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Apr 1875 - Brussel, Brabant, B Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Oct 1900 - München, Bayern Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Roi des Belges ( 17.12.1909-17.2.1934)
      Albert ascended the throne on the death of his uncle, Leopold II, in 1909, due to the death of the intended heirs. Leopold's son died, then his nephew, which left Albert to reign at 16 years old. He was reserved, an avid reader and loved the outdoors. His interests included horseback riding and rock climbing. Before becoming King he was Count of Flanders and was very popular because of his democratic ways. He visited the US in 1898 and 1919 and also visited the Congo, where upon seeing the poor condition of Leopold II's former colony, he urged technological development and better treatment of the natives in the area.
      Albert and his wife were well-liked as a royal family. They had a model family and acted like real people. Albert was aware of the German invasion plans, but could do nothing, as Belgium's neutrality prevented the country from arming itself. But once the war had begun, he led the Belgians in delaying actions against the Germans (the Belgian constitution said the King would become Commander in Chief in case of war). The King declined to cooperate with the allies and maintained separate command of the Belgian forces. In 1918 Albert finally gave in to pressure and cooperated with the allies in the final offense of 1918, being made commander of the Flanders Army Group by General Foch of France. He died in a mountain climbing accident near Namur and was succeeded by his son Leopold III, who would face the Nazis in World War II. Albert's death was mourned universally.

      "Belgium is a nation, not a road." Albert while visiting Berlin, when informed by the Kaiser of Germany's war plan
      "When he speaks, the King always looks as if he wished to build something." one of the King's Ministers
      "What does he take me for?" Albert upon the Kaiser's insistence that the responsibility for peace was in his hands
      "One thing is for certain: they will not say that Belgium invaded Germany." Clemenceau's reply when asked how history would remember the German invasion of Belgium


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