The Royal Forums Coat of Arms

Go Back   The Royal Forums > Reigning Houses > Royal Family of Belgium > Belgian Royal History

Join The Royal Forums Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-15-2010, 02:38 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: N/A, United Kingdom
Posts: 493
As for the King's death the story goes.....The king often liked to spend a couple of days rock climbing at Ardennes, but on this particular day, he had to attend a race meeting at six in the evening and it was decided that he was only to travel the one hours drive to the cliffs at Marche-les-Dames nr Namur. The exercise would keep him in trim for his more serious climbing in the Alps !!

The King and his Valet, had spent about an hours climbing and was returning to the car ready to depart back to Brussels, when the King decided it was still early and and told his valet to wait at the car and he would be back at 4pm, he would take one more ascent.But the King did not return at the appointed time, some hours passed and still no sign of the King. The valet phoned the palace and Captain Dixmude, the king's officier d'ordonnance set out at once followed by the Comte de Grunne and the King's doctor. The Queen was not told, as for as she knew, her husband was at the race meeting presenting prizes!.

For some four hours they searched for the king in the dark freezing conditons with no luck. at midnight they decided to involve four of Belgiums leading climbers in the search. Whilst waiting for their arrival, Captain Dixmude, tripped over a rope to which the King's body was attached. He was lying spread eagled with a deep dash to his head. The cause of the kings fall was due to the rock on which he rested had given way. The King had hit his head against the side of the pinnacle whilst he fell. Death was instantaneous.

When told of his death, the Queen (who knew by now he was missing), sat motionless with her eyes close for twenty minutes !

Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2010, 10:57 AM
maria-olivia's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Posts: 2,453
Thanks Johnnydep to remember Albert the first's tragic death..

Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 08:22 PM
Royal Highness
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Conneaut, United States
Posts: 1,751
When he was informed about the Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany's war plan, King Albert remarked:
"Belgium is a nation, not a road."
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 10:26 AM
Blog Real's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Posts: 573
Prince Albert of Belgium in Madeira Island (1909)

Style of the Portuguese sovereign: By the Grace of God and by the Constitution of the Monarchy, King [or Queen] of Portugal and the Algarves of either side of the sea in Africa, Lord of Guinea and of Conquest, Navigation, and Commerce of Ethiopia, Arabia, Persia, and India, etc.
Reply With Quote

accident, albert i, belgian history, biography, king albert i, queen elisabeth

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
King Leopold I of The Belgians (1790-1865) Marengo Belgian Royal History 64 11-21-2014 04:41 PM
King Leopold II of The Belgians (1835-1909) Marengo Belgian Royal History 44 09-29-2014 01:30 AM
King Baudouin I and Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón: 15 December 1960 Cathérine Bergeyck Royal Weddings 137 03-01-2014 10:19 PM
King Leopold III of The Belgians (1901-1983) Marengo Belgian Royal History 34 12-20-2011 08:58 AM
Funeral Of King Leopold III Of The Belgians 1983 olivier290782 Belgian Royal History 25 12-22-2008 05:23 AM

Popular Tags
abdication belgium brussels carl philip charlene chris o'neill crown prince frederik crown prince haakon crown princess mary crown princess mette-marit crown princess victoria current events death fashion germany grand duchess maria teresa grand duke henri hohenzollern infanta leonor infanta sofia jewellery jordan king abdullah ii king carl xvi gustav king constantine ii king felipe king felipe vi king harald king juan carlos king philippe king willem-alexander letizia luxembourg nobility official visit ottoman poland president gauck president hollande president komorowski prince albert prince albert ii prince carl philip prince daniel prince floris prince pieter-christiaan princess aimee princess anita princess astrid princess beatrix princess charlene princess claire princess margriet princess mary queen anne-marie queen fabiola queen letizia queen mathilde queen maxima queen rania queen silvia queen sofia royal fashion sofia hellqvist spain state visit sweden the hague visit wedding

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:15 PM.

Social Knowledge Networks

eXTReMe Tracker
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015
Jelsoft Enterprises

Royal News Delivered to your Email!

You can get the latest Royal News right in your inbox.

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]