Today in History - February 17th. 1934 - Albert I of Belgium

Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad was born on April 8th. 1875 in Brussels.


King Albert I of Belgium
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His parents were Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and 
Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.

In 1900, Albert I married Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria.


Queen Elisabeth of Belgium
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The marriage took place in Munich (Germany). Elisabeth was the daughter of
Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria and Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal. Her father
was the brother of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi).

Albert I and Elisabeth had 3 children:

Leopold (Later King Leopold III of Belgium).
Charles (Later Regent of Belgium).
Marie-José (Later the last Queen of Italy).

Albert I died on February 17th. 1934 in Marche-les-Dames in Belgium. 
He fell, while climbing a rock. His death shocked the world. 
He was deeply mourned in Belgium as abroad. 
There also were various speculations about his death. 
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