Famous Belgian Emperors & Kings

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Joanna of Castile
(Queen of Aragon)

Joanna of Castile
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Birthdate: November 6, 1479
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo, Spain
Died: April 12, 1555
Joanna, the 16th-century queen of Castile and Aragon, also known as "Joanna the Mad," was declared insane and locked up at the Royal Convent of Santa Clara by her father. Following her father’s death, she nominally co-ruled the kingdom with her son, Charles I, but remained imprisoned till her death.

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Albert I of Belgium
(King of the Belgians (1902-1934))

Albert I of Belgium
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Birthdate: April 8, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: February 17, 1934

Albert I of Belgium ruled as King of the Belgians for over 25 years from 1909 to 1934. He played a crucial role during World War I, for which he is often referred to as the Soldier King or Knight King in Belgium. A renowned alpinist, Albert died in a mountaineering accident and his death was mourned around the world.

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Leopold I of Belgium
(First King of the Belgians (1831-1865))

Leopold I of Belgium
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Birthdate: December 16, 1790
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coburg, Germany
Died: December 10, 1865
Leopold I, the youngest son of Duke Francis of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, was the first king of Belgium and reigned from 1831 to 1865. He fought against Napoleon during the Napoleonic Wars. He rejected the throne of Greece. His reign is known for establishing Belgium's first railway and for its modernization.
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Leopold II of Belgium
(King of the Belgians (1865-1909))

Leopold II of Belgium
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Birthdate: April 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: December 17, 1909

Leopold II of Belgium reigned over Belgium as its second king from 1865 to 1909. He also owned the Independent State of the Congo from 1885 to 1908. Congolese people were subjected to torture and murder under Leopold's administration; the term crimes against humanity was coined by George Washington Williams in 1890 to describe the atrocities of Leopold's administration.

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Philip I of Castile
(King of Castile)

Philip I of Castile
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Birthdate: July 22, 1478
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Died: September 25, 1506

Philip the Handsome, son of Roman emperor Maximilian I, served as the Duke of Burgundy from 1482 to 1506 and then as the first Habsburg King of Castile, as Philip I, in 1506. Also known as the Fair, Philip died of typhoid fever in September 1506, although many suspected poisoning.

Albert II of Belgium
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Birthdate: June 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

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Leopold III of Belgium
(King of Belgium (1934-51))

Leopold III of Belgium
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Birthdate: November 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: September 25, 1983

Belgian king Leopold III was despised by his countrymen for surrendering Belgium to the Germans during World War II. After being imprisoned by the Germans near Brussels, he went to Austria, and went back to Belgium later, only to be faced by a civil war that forced him to abdicate.

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Baudouin of Belgium
(King of the Belgians)

Baudouin of Belgium
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Birthdate: September 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Château du Stuyvenberg, Brussels, Belgium
Died: July 31, 1993

The elder son of King Leopold III of Belgium, Baudouin ruled Belgium for over 4 decades. He is remembered for his impartial treatment of both the Flemish- and French-speaking Belgian factions. He also served as the sovereign of the Belgian Congo and later supported Congolese independence.

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Clovis I
(First king of the Franks to unite all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler.)

Clovis I
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Birthdate: 0466 AD
Birthplace: Tournai (present-day Belgium)
Died: November 27, 0511

Clovis I, regarded as the founder of the Merovingian dynasty, united the Frankish tribes under one leader and thus transformed the leadership system which had previously been based on leadership by a group of chieftains. His conversion to Catholicism led to widespread conversion among the Frankish people.

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Philippe of Belgium
(King of Belgium)

Philippe of Belgium
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Birthdate: April 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

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Godfrey of Bouillon
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Birthdate: September 18, 1060
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baisy-Thy, Genappe, Belgium
Died: July 18, 1100

Godfrey of Bouillon was a French nobleman and a prominent leader of the First Crusade. He ruled the Kingdom of Jerusalem from 1099 to 1100. He was the son of Eustace II, Count of Boulogne, and Ida, a noblewoman. He joined the First Crusade in 1096 and played a key role in the successful Siege of Jerusalem in 1099.

Philip III, Duke of Burgundy
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Birthdate: July 31, 1396
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dijon
Died: June 15, 1467

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Merovech
(King of Salian Franks)

Merovech
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Birthdate: 0411 AD
Birthplace: Tournai, Belgium
Died: 0458 AD

Philip II, Duke of Burgundy
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Birthdate: January 17, 1342
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pontoise
Died: April 27, 1404

Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
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Birthdate: March 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Died: November 17, 1905

Prince Laurent of Belgium
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Birthdate: October 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belvédère Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

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Ambiorix
(Prince)

Ambiorix
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Birthdate: 0100 BC
Birthplace: Gaul
Died: 0053 BC

Prince Carl Bernadotte
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Birthdate: January 10, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 27, 2003

Prince Baudouin of Belgium
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Birthdate: June 3, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 23, 1891

 20 
Philippe, Duke of Brabant
(King)

Philippe, Duke of Brabant
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Birthdate: April 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belvédère Castle, Brussels

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Samo
(King)

Samo
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Birthdate: 0600 AD
Birthplace: Soignies
Died: 0658 AD
Frankish merchant Samo, who was later elected as a Slavic king, is remembered for unifying various Slavic tribes and strengthening them against raids by robbers. He gained control over a huge territory, including parts of Bohemia. However, his death spelled an end for his state.