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Leopold I, King of the Belgians (detail), after George Dawe, 1844-50. Oil on canvas.

Leopold I, King of the Belgians (detail), after George Dawe, 1844-50. Oil on canvas.

King Albert I of Belgium “Belgium is a nation, not a road.” Though his uncle Leopold II had been a vile and genocidal tyrant, his heir Albert was a very different man. Never intended for the throne, Albert ascended to it after the deaths of Leopold’s...

King Albert I of Belgium “Belgium is a nation, not a road.” Though his uncle Leopold II had been a vile and genocidal tyrant, his heir Albert was a very different man. Never intended for the throne, Albert ascended to it after the deaths of Leopold’s...

Leopold I, King of the Belgians (detail), 1844-50, (after) George Dawe (1781-1829).

Leopold I, King of the Belgians (detail), 1844-50, (after) George Dawe (1781-1829).

E. D. Morel, c1905 (LOC) Edmund Dene Morel (1873-1924) politician, author, journalist. Founder of the Congo Reform Association, Labour MP for Dundee 1922-1924.

E. D. Morel, c1905 (LOC) Edmund Dene Morel (1873-1924) politician, author, journalist. Founder of the Congo Reform Association, Labour MP for Dundee 1922-1924.

Portrait of Leopold I of Belgium - Franz Xaver Winterhalter - 1846

Portrait of Leopold I of Belgium - Franz Xaver Winterhalter - 1846

King Leopold I, King of the Belgians. Had his first wife lived, she would have been Queen of England, he would have been Prince Consort.He turned down the throne of Greece, and was chosen to become King of newly formed Belgium.Orchestrated the marriage of his niece Queen Victoria and his nephew, Prince Albert.

King Leopold I, King of the Belgians. Had his first wife lived, she would have been Queen of England, he would have been Prince Consort.He turned down the throne of Greece, and was chosen to become King of newly formed Belgium.Orchestrated the marriage of his niece Queen Victoria and his nephew, Prince Albert.

George Jones. Detail from Study for ‘The Battle of Waterloo’, 1815.

George Jones. Detail from Study for ‘The Battle of Waterloo’, 1815.

A Yeoman of The Guard (detail), by John Everett Millais (English, 1829-1896)

A Yeoman of The Guard (detail), by John Everett Millais (English, 1829-1896)

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