Famous Belgian Historical Personalities

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 1 Joanna of Castile

Joanna of Castile
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Famous As: Queen of Aragon
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.

 2 Leopold II of Belgium

Leopold II of Belgium
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Famous As: King of the Belgians (1865-1909)
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.

 3 Leopold I of Belgium

Leopold I of Belgium
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Famous As: First King of the Belgians (1831-1865)
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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 4 Philip I of Castile

Philip I of Castile
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Famous As: King of Castile
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.

 5 Albert I of Belgium

Albert I of Belgium
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Famous As: King of the Belgians (1902-1934)
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.

 6 Leopold III of Belgium

Leopold III of Belgium
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Famous As: King of Belgium (1934-51)
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.

 7 Albert II of Belgium

Albert II of Belgium
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
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 8 Baudouin of Belgium

Baudouin of Belgium
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Famous As: King of the Belgians
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.

 9 Philippe of Belgium

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

 10 Clovis I

Clovis I
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Famous As: First king of the Franks to unite all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler.
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.

 11 Carlota of Mexico

Carlota of Mexico
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Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: June 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 19, 1927

 12 Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Queen Mathilde of Belgium
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Famous As: Queen of Belgium
Birthdate: January 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium

 13 Godfrey of Bouillon

Godfrey of Bouillon
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Famous As: Ruler
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.

 14 Astrid of Sweden

Astrid of Sweden
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 29, 1935

 15 Philip III, Duke of Burgundy

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

 16 Princess Stéphanie of Belgium

Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: May 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: August 23, 1945

Princess Stéphanie of Belgium became the Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia after her marriage to Crown Prince Rudolf, the son of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. Following the death of her husband and his mistress in a suicide-murder pact, she married a Hungarian nobleman.

 17 Merovech

Merovech
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Famous As: King of Salian Franks
Birthdate: 0411 AD
Birthplace: Tournai, Belgium
Died: 0458 AD

 18 Isabella of Portugal

Isabella of Portugal
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Famous As: Queen of Spain
Birthdate: October 24, 1503
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: May 1, 1539

Isabella of Portugal was Holy Roman Empress and Queen consort of Italy by her marriage to Emperor Charles V. She also served as the Queen consort of Spain, Queen of the Romans, and Lady of the Netherlands from 1526 to 1539. Due to Emperor Charles V's constant travels, she was  the regent of Spain and under her regency Spain was quite prosperous .

 19 Philip II, Duke of Burgundy

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

 20 Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders

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

 21 Prince Laurent of Belgium

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

 22 Queen Fabiola of Belgium

Queen Fabiola of Belgium
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: June 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurbano Palace, Madrid, Spain
Died: December 5, 2014

 23 Isabella of Austria

Isabella of Austria
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: July 18, 1501
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 19, 1526

 24 Princess Louise of Belgium

Princess Louise of Belgium
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: February 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 1, 1924

 25 Ambiorix

Ambiorix
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: 0100 BC
Birthplace: Gaul
Died: 0053 BC

 26 Mary of Hungary

Mary of Hungary
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: August 18, 1505
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels, Habsburg Netherlands

 27 Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria

Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: December 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium

 28 Marie Henriette of Austria

Marie Henriette of Austria
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Famous As: Queen of the Belgians as the wife of King Leopold II
Birthdate: August 23, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 19, 1902

 29 Queen Maria José of Savoy

Queen Maria José of Savoy
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: August 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ostend, Belgium
Died: January 27, 2001

Known as the May Queen for her 34-day stint as the queen of Italy, Queen Maria José of Savoy was the wife of Umberto II, the last Italian king. Following the fall of the monarchy, she went into exile in Switzerland. She also penned several books and worked for the Red Cross.

 30 Adeliza of Louvain

Adeliza of Louvain
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Famous As: Queen of England
Birthdate: 1103 AD
Birthplace: Leuven, Belgium
Died: April 23, 1151

 31 Margaret of Parma

Margaret of Parma
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Famous As: Governor
Birthdate: July 5, 1522
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oudenaarde, Belgium
Died: January 18, 1586

 32 Princess Clementine of Belgium

Princess Clementine of Belgium
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: July 30, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Royal Castle of Laeken, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 8, 1955

 33 Prince Carl Bernadotte

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

 34 Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut

Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: July 15, 1401
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Le Quesnoy, France
Died: October 8, 1436

 35 Margaret III, Countess of Flanders

Margaret III, Countess of Flanders
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Famous As: Countesses
Birthdate: April 13, 1350
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Male Castle, West Flanders, Belgium
Died: March 16, 1405

 36 Prince Baudouin of Belgium

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

 37 Adela of France

Adela of France
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1009 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: January 8, 1079

 38 Philippe, Duke of Brabant

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

 39 Samo

Samo
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Famous As: King
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.