Today in History - December 10th. 1865 - Death of Leopold I of Belgium

December 16th. 1790 marks the birth of a very notable boy called:
Leopold Georg Christian Friedrich of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Royal Palace Belgium - Leopold I
Leopold I of Belgium
own picture taken in the Royal Palace of Brussels

His parents had been Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and
Augusta Reuss-Ebersdorf.

On May 2nd. 1816  Leopold married Charlotte, Princess of Wales. 
This marriage was very happy and loving untill fate stuck. 

On November 5th. 1817, Charlotte gave birth to a stillborn son.
She died the day after.

July 31st. 1831 also was an important day for Leopold. Then he
laid off the oath as first King of Belgium.

On August 9th 1832 Leopold married Princess Louise of Orléans
(daughter of the French King Louis Philippe I). They had 4 children.

As King, Leopold was involved with major projects in Belgium.
In 1835 for example there was the opening of the railway between
Brussels and Mechelen.

Due to his European connections and his diplomatic skills, he could
achieve a lot.

Leopold I of Belgium died on December 10th. 1865 at the 
Royal Palace of Laeken. There he was buried in the
Church of Our Lady.
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