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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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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, 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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Old 08-20-2016, 09:14 AM
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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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Old 12-17-2016, 04:23 AM
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Pfffwwwttt.... that is the crippling disease of political correctness. The best example can be seen these weeks: the President-Elect of the United States lambasting companies to avoid -at all cost- to say the words "Merry Christmas" because it might, possibly, "offend" someone indeed.

The same is happening when universities, once safe havens of free speech, suddenly want to tear down statues, plaques, memorials, etc. down because the person in question, in a far, far hindsight, apparently does not fit in the political correct superior framework of 2016.
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Pfffwwwttt.... that is the crippling disease of political correctness. The best example can be seen these weeks: the President-Elect of the United States lambasting companies to avoid -at all cost- to say the words "Merry Christmas" because it might, possibly, "offend" someone indeed.

The same is happening when universities, once safe havens of free speech, suddenly want to tear down statues, plaques, memorials, etc. down because the person in question, in a far, far hindsight, apparently does not fit in the political correct superior framework of 2016.
it has nothing to do with political correctness if it was a swastika would u still think so this the statue of a person who is responsible for the genocide in congo you can't compare that with people who say they are offended because someone is saying "Merry Christmas" .
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It has everything to do with political correctness as long it is just cosmetic: remove the plaquette but hey... the fantastic library, the renowned collection of books, documents, manuscripts and drawings, all thanks to the revenues from the exploited colonies, let us keep it.

Political correctness (read: "whitewashing") in optima forma!
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:05 AM
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King Leopold II never went to Congo.
Prince Albert Duc of Brabant (future King Albert I) went to Congo and took notes 1) how there were no streets no roads he had to walk or use a bike, 2) African Culture not known and 3) no hygiene at all . They told him about the broken hands.
He was in a bad mood on his way back because he could not glorify his Travel during his Visit to his Uncle King Leopold II.

King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth came to Congo for the big Railway Inauguration.
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:09 AM
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With the Congo money King Leopold II did great Architectural works mainly in Brussels and in Ostend we still are grateful now.
Avenue de Tervuren from his Congo Museum in Tervueren to the Arcade of the Cinquentenaire he paid with owm money. (Donateur anonyme)
At his dead he gave Congo to Belgium.
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King Leopold II attended the dinner of the Royal Library in London in 1872.
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Are there any good books on King Leopold II? I have learned a little about him, and his awful self, from reading books on Queen Victoria. I found books about his atrocities in the Congo, but I am more interested in a book on his life from childhood to his death, something that maybe gives insight into why he became the wicked man he was.
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The best book about King Leopold II is in french the writer is Liliane Ranieri.
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' The Coburgs of Belgium' by Theo Aronson, gives a good overview, in English, of all the past Belgian monarchs including King Leopold II.
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The best book about King Leopold II is in french the writer is Liliane Ranieri.
Thanks. I wish I could read French. What is the name of the book?

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' The Coburgs of Belgium' by Theo Aronson, gives a good overview, in English, of all the past Belgian monarchs including King Leopold II.
Thanks. I will look for it.
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Bustes of King Leopold II in Ghent, Ekeren and Hasselt have been defaced with red paint and the text 'I can't breathe' - a reference to the racial violence in the United States.

https://www.hln.be/nieuws/binnenland...emen~a2e5beac/

In Brussels a petition to remove all statues of Leopold II has gathered 16.000 signatories within a day.

https://www.change.org/p/ville-de-br...8-9f6f65407953
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Old 06-03-2020, 06:55 AM
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How many Belgians had happy years in the Congo Belge and earned a lot of money.
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How many Belgians had happy years in the Congo Belge and earned a lot of money.
I don't know a lot about Belgian history but I do know that the Congo when run by Leopold had an appalling human rights record. So im not sure what your point is...
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