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Leopold I of Belgium

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Leopold I of Belgium
Leopold as a Russian general
King of the Belgians
Reign21 July 1831 – 10 December 1865
SuccessorLeopold II
Born(1790-12-16)16 December 1790
Ehrenburg Palace, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Died10 December 1865(1865-12-10) (aged 74)
Laeken/Laken, Belgium
SpousePrincess Charlotte of Wales
Louise of Orléans
IssueLouis-Philippe, Crown Prince of Belgium
Leopold II of Belgium
Philippe, Count of Flanders
Charlotte, Empress of Mexico
HouseHouse of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
FatherFrancis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
MotherCountess Augusta Reuss
SignatureLeopold I of Belgium's signature

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

References[change | change source]

  1. Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Leopold I Georg Christian Friedrich, Roi des Belges". Retrieved 8 September 2010.