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The royal palace in Brussels
The royal palace in Brussels

Successive Belgian kings are The royal palace in Brussels. ... The royal palace in Brussels. ... Emblem of the Brussels-Capital Region Flag of The City of Brussels Brussels (Dutch: Brussel, French: Bruxelles, German: Brüssel) is the capital of Belgium and is considered by many to be the headquarters of the European Union, as two of its four main institutions have their headquarters in the...

None of these were "King of Belgium": their title is "King of the Belgians". The latter phrase indicates a popular monarchy linked to the people of Belgium, whereas the former would indicate standard constitutional or absolute monarchy linked to territory and a state. Similarly, King Louis Philippe was proclaimed "King of the French" in 1830, not the traditional "King of France". The now abolished Greek monarchy similarly was titled "King of the Hellenes", indicating a personal link with the people, not just the state. 1831 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1865 is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Leopold I, first King of the Belgians, (December 16, 1790 - December 10, 1865), was born in Ehrenburg Castle in the Bavarian town of Coburg, and named Georg Christian Friedrich (Georges Chrétien Frédéric in French, George Christiaan Frederik in Dutch) He was the youngest son of Duke Francis... 1865 is a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... King Leopold II His Majesty King Leopold II of the Belgians (Louis Philippe Marie Victor) (April 9, 1835–December 17, 1909), succeeded his father, Leopold I of Belgium, to the Belgian throne in 1865 and remained king until his death. ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... King Albert I Albert I (April 8, 1875 – February 17, 1934) was the third King of the Belgians. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Leopold III, Leopold Philippe Charles Albert Meinrad Hubertus Marie Miguel (November 3, 1901 – September 25, 1983) reigned as King of the Belgians from 1934 until 1951, when he abdicated in favour of his Heir Apparent, his son Baudouin. ... 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Prince Charles, Charles Théodore Henri Antoine Meinrad, Count of Flanders, Prince of Belgium (Brussels October 10, 1903 - Oostende June 1, 1983), second son of King Albert I of Belgium and Queen Elisabeth. ... 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Baudouin of Belgium King Baudouin, (also spelled Boudewijn, Balduin or Baldwin) born Albert Charles Leopold Axel Marie Gustave, (7 September 1930 - 31 July 1993), reigned as King of the Belgians from 1951 to 1993. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Became King: August 9, 1993 Predecessor: Baudouin Date of Birth: June 6, 1934 Place of Birth: Brussels, Belgium Heir-Apparent: The Duke of Brabant His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians (Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Chrétien Eugène Marie Wettin, born Laeken, Belgium, June 6, 1934... Popular Monarchy is a system of monarchical governance which came into occasional usage in the nineteenth century1 in which the monarchs title is linked with the people, rather than the state. ... Absolute monarchy is an idealized form of government, a monarchy where the ruler has the power to rule his or her country and citizens freely with no laws or legally-organized direct opposition telling him or her what to do, although some religious authority may be able to discourage the... Louis-Philippe of France (October 6, 1773–August 26, 1850), served as the Orleanist king of the French from 1830 to 1848. ... 1830 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... A state is an organized political community occupying a definite territory, having an organized government, and possessing internal and external sovereignty. ...


It is also noteworthy that Belgium is the only current European monarchy that does not apply the tradition of the new king automatically ascending the throne upon the death or abdication of the former king. According to the Belgian constitution, the king only accedes to the throne when he takes a constitutional oath. For example, the present king did not become monarch on July 31, 1993 (the day his brother died) but on August 9 of that same year (when he took the constitutional oath). In all other current monarchies, the monarch becomes a monarch the moment his predecessor dies or abdicates. July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining, as the final day of July. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ...


Belgium has three official languages, of which Dutch and French are the most important. Many kings and members of the royal family are known under two names: a Dutch and a French one. For example, the current heir apparent is called Philippe in French and Filip in Dutch; the fifth King of the Belgians was Baudouin in French and Boudewijn in Dutch; the three kings who are known as Léopold in French are known as Leopold (without accent) in Dutch. The Duke of Brabant His Royal Highness Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant (Philippe Léopold Louis Marie Wettin), styled HRH The Duke of Brabant (born 15 April 1960), is the eldest son and heir apparent of Albert II, King of the Belgians. ...


In German, which is Belgium's third official language, kings are usually referred to under their French names. The same is true for English (with the exception of Leopold, where the accent is removed for simplicity). The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


In Belgium, kings are always officially known with an ordinal, even when they are the first of their name. So King Baudouin was "King Baudouin I", even though there has not yet been a "King Baudouin II". (This is contrary to the system of ordinals used in Britain.)


Other members of the Belgian Royal Family

Her Imperial Highness Marie Henriette, Archduchess of Austria (born August 23, 1836 at Pest (now Budapest, Hungary), was the queen consort of King Leopold II of the Belgians. ... Elisabeth, Duchess in Bavaria (Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, (25 July 1876 - 23 November 1965) was the queen consort of Albert I of the Belgians and was the mother of Leopold III. A daughter of Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, and his wife, the Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal, she was born... Queen Astrid Astrid of Sweden, Astrid Sofia Lovisa Thyra (November 17, 1905 - August 29, 1935) was the Queen consort of King Leopold III of the Belgians. ... Headline text a Headline text ... Her Majesty Fabiola, Queen-Dowager of the Belgians (Fabiola Wettin, née Doña Fabiola Fernanda María de las Victorias Antonia Adelaida de Mora y Aragón) is the widow of Baudouin I. She was born at Madrid, Spain on June 11, 1928, the third daughter of Don Gonzalo... ... Joséphine-Charlotte Ingeborg Elisabeth Marie-José Marguerite Astrid, Princess of Belgium and Princess of Saxe Coburg Gotha, (October 11, 1927 - January 10, 2005), was born at the Royal Palace of Brussels. ...

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