Leopold I of Belgium

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Leopold I of Belgium
Leopold as a Russian general
Reign 21 July 1831 – 10 December 1865
Successor Leopold II
Spouse Princess Charlotte of Wales
Louise of Orléans
Issue
Louis-Philippe, Crown Prince of Belgium
Leopold II of Belgium
Philippe, Count of Flanders
Charlotte, Empress of Mexico
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Mother Countess Augusta Reuss
Born 16 December 1790(1790-12-16)
Ehrenburg Palace, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Died 10 December 1865(1865-12-10) (aged 74)
Laeken/Laken, Belgium
Religion Lutheranism

Leopold I (Leopold George Christian Frederick; Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, later Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony; 16 December 1790 – 10 December 1865) was from 21 July 1831 the first King of the Belgians. This was following Belgium's independence from the Netherlands. He was the founder of the Belgian line of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. His children included Leopold II of Belgium and Empress Carlota of Mexico. He was also an uncle of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

He was born in Coburg and died in Laeken.[1]


Titles and styles[change | change source]

  • 16 December 1790 – 12 November 1826 His Serene Highness Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duke of Saxony
  • 6 April 1818 – 12 November 1826 (in the UK) His Royal Highness Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duke of Saxony
  • 12 November 1826 – 21 July 1831 His Serene Highness (His Royal Highness in the UK) Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony
  • 21 July 1831 – 10 December 1865 His Majesty The King of the Belgians


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