He married Archduchess Marie Henriette of Austria.
It was a dynastic match but not a love match.
Together they had 4 children:
Louise who married prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Leopold, who died young
Stéphanie who married Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria
(son of Emperor Franz-Jozef & Sisi)
Clémentine who married Prince Napoléon Victor Jérôme Frédéric Bonaparte
King Leopold II had several mistresses. The most famous was a prostitute,
Caroline (Blanche) Delacroix. The King had two illegitimate sons with her.
King Leopold was the founder and sole owner of Congo Free State,
now known as
the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The adventure of the Congo Free State was a financial disaster till rubber
and ivory was discovered.
Later there came a huge criticism of the high violations of the human rights.
Commissioned by King Leopold II, huge structures were realized in
Belgium inter alia
in Brussels, Laeken, Ostend, Antwerp etc....
On December 17th. 1909, King Leopold died.