Originally Posted by An Ard Ri
And he seems to have held the kingdom together for his nephew Baudouin! Charles is possibly an underrated and largely forgotten figure.
Charles is definitely an underrated figure. But he's always lowkey like that. Some sources would describe him as someone who's very "reclusive."
Originally Posted by Mbruno
King Albert II could have bought back the Fabergé tiara from the Savoys, but he chose to buy a yatch instead. Ironically, the tiara ended up in the United States (a most unlikely place).
This is so sad. The Fabergé tiara is one of the three tiaras that should have stayed in Belgium. Another one is the Queen Maria-José's Beauharnais Pearl Tiara that she took to Italy after her wedding and the Queen Elisabeth's Cartier Bandeau that was given to Lilian and was later sold by Lilian and later reacquired by Cartier.
Originally Posted by CyrilVladisla
Was there ever a consideration to have Prince Charles, Count of Flanders become the King?
I doubt he likes the idea to be King as well.
As Leopold was still in German custody, it was decided that they should have a regent. It was declared in 20 September 1944 that Leopold "unable to reign" and his reclusive
brother Prince Charles took an oath the next day.
After the war, a referendum happened in March 1950 and Leopold returned to Belgium and instability took place.
Prince Charles retired from public life, cut his contacts with his brother and stayed in Ostend and pursued being an artist under the name "Karel van Vlaanderen." Some years later, he also gave up his stipend from the Belgian government as he no longer participated in any royal activities.
We only can assume that he really didn't like the spotlight and he has other interests other than that of being in power.
Since the return of Leopold won the plebiscite, it's safe to say that national sentiment was with him (technically Prince Charles was just really a proxy in his absence) but it was also quick for them to hate him as he was forced to abdicated a few months later.