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Old 07-04-2014, 09:38 AM
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I am new to this site, and would like any information about Prince Baudouin, elder brother of Albert, and the mystery surrounding his premature death. Also the rumours that he was having an affair with a Royal governess, and that he may possibly have died as a result of injuries sustained during a duel with his lovers husband
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:01 PM
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This are rumors.
He died from pneumonia as his grand mother Queen Louise Marie and his cousin Prince Leopold (10 years old).

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Old 09-29-2014, 01:30 AM
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Originally Posted by CyrilVladisla View Post
In 1900 Leopold II founded the Royal Donation (Royal Trust).
He stipulated that grounds, castles and other buildings never could be sold to keep its original functions and to stay in the disposition of his successors.
More specifically, he handed over his properties to the trust (in other words, to the nation) so they would not be scattered among his daughters who were married to foreign princes.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:00 PM
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The world's most expensive villa once owned by King Leopold II goes on sale | Daily Mail Online
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:52 PM
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At the beginning of the Congo Discovery the King was fast bankrupt , a lot of furniture from Laeken were sold. My grandparents bought one.
When Congo was to him ( he gave it later to Belgium) he was immensely rich.
He was Owner of this Villa at the beginning of the glory of the Côte d'Azur.
There was such Hate in this King, desheriting his two daughters Louise and Stephanie.
He never gave jewels to Elisabeth the future Queen of the Belgians , who had 3 Children for the throne.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:44 AM
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It is an idiotic headline anyway. Of course King Leopold II was not called Hitler since he predated him. When he died, no one has ever heard about a guy named Hitler. I also miss the balance: where are the millions and millions whom died under the Union Jack, when Brittannia ruled the waves and, uninvited, exploited all and everything to their profit. Can we then re-name Queen Victoria after a monster ?
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Old 08-20-2016, 08:48 AM
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Thanks Duc, King Leopold Ii never went to Congo !
Prince Albert went and took very important notes who are now in the RP's Archieves.
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Just because there are and have been other wrongs in the world, doesn't make this right.
Leopold II did exploit Congo and it's people and this is largely forgotten in the mist of time.
The article is imo a bit overly dramatically written (incl the reference to Hitler) but imo this is an emotional choice by the writer to make his point namely that attrocities have occured in the past that are now forgotten and that you don't learn about in school

Ofcourse there are loads of other attrocities that occured in the past, and i think that everyone of us can think of at least one example that our own country is to blame of, so i'm not going to name any specific

Imo it's an interesting article in the category "history forgotten is bound to repeat itself"

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