A German invasion followed two days later. Albert I Of Belgium - YouTube Albert I reigned as King of the Belgians from 1909 to 1934.
Albert I, (born April 8, 1875, Brussels, Belg.—died Feb. 17, 1934, Marche-les-Dames, near Namur), king of the Belgians (1909–34), who led the Belgian army during World War I and guided his country’s postwar recovery. Only in September 1918, when it seemed that the joint Allied offensive had a chance of success, did the king lift his constitutional objections and allow the Belgian army to join the Group of Armies of Flanders (GAF) and participate in the liberation of Belgium.
He soon became convinced that it would be better to end the war through negotiations and a compromise that did not result in victors and vanquished. Following the death of his uncle, Leopold II, Albert succeeded to the Belgian throne in December 1909, since Albert's own father had already died in 1905.
"I will be held responsible for the misfortunes of the country", he wrote. Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Lithuania. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated European countries, and it has been, since its independence in 1830, a representative democracy headed by a hereditary constitutional monarch. Preventing unnecessary bloodshed was a matter of conscience.  He said: "May you spend many years at Maredsous in the supreme comfort of soul that is given to natures touched by grace, by faith in God's infinite power and confidence in His goodness.  They also make clear that Albert and Elisabeth continually supported and encouraged each other in their challenging and difficult roles as king and queen. In his youth, Albert was seriously concerned with the situation of the working classes in Belgium, and personally travelled around working class districts incognito, to observe the living conditions of the people. However, the latter had rallied completely around the Franco-British standpoint and even nurtured annexationist ambitions for the period following a military victory. When Waxweiler died in a traffic accident in London in June 1916, Albert wanted the talks to go on. "King Albert in World War I".
A daughter of Bavarian Duke Karl-Theodor, and his second wife, the Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal, she was born at Possenhofen Castle, Bavaria, Germany, on 25 July 1876, and died on 23 November 1965. The fact that the post had changed hands four times in four years – Julien Davignon (1854-1916), Eugène Beyens (1855-1934), de Broqueville and Paul Hymans (1865-1941) – indicates how hard Albert tried to make his mark on foreign policy. Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Norway.
Vincent Dujardin, Mark van den Wijngaert, et al. Albert I was born Prince Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad of Belgium on April 8, 1875, at the Palais de la Régence, Brussels, to Prince Philippe, the Count of Flanders, and his wife, Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Monaco. To install click the Add extension button. The Allied forces fought and won the first ‘Battle of Marne.’.  He also considered that the dethronement of the princes of Central Europe and, in particular, the dissolution of the Habsburg Empire would constitute a serious menace to peace and stability on the continent. Gallery He was succeeded by his son Leopold III of Belgium.
Retiring and studious, Albert prepared himself strenuously for the task of kingship. Albert would, however, go down in history primarily for his leading role in 1914-1918 during the First World War. He was Grand Master of the following chivalric orders: Grand Cross of the Sash of the Three Orders, Woodward, David.
Before the onset of WWI, Albert made an effort to build the country’s army. Initially, Belgium had a unitary form of government. Already during the war he was known – as seen in King Albert’s Book (Christmas 1914) – as the brave knight-king of "little Belgium", who would achieve undying military fame for himself and his army.
He was also the recipient of foreign awards: On his birth, Albert was granted a coat of arms. Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Morocco. Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Colombia. From 1919, the universal manhood suffrage was implemented with ‘one man, one vote’ statute. Albert I, King of the Belgians (1875-1934) was the third king of the Belgians.
Albert was no strategist.
Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Poland.
Prince Philippe was the third (second surviving) son of Leopold I, the first King of the Belgians, and his wife, Marie-Louise of France, and the younger brother of King Leopold II of Belgium. The civil wedding was conducted by Friedrich Krafft Graf von Crailsheim in the Throne Hall, and the religious wedding was conducted by Cardinal von Stein, assisted by Jakob von TÃ¼rk, Confessionar of the King of Bavaria. This greatly displeased Prime Minister Charles de Broqueville (1860-1940), who unsuccessfully engaged in conflict over this as late as 1918 and was forced, partly for this reason, to resign. The King also allowed his 12-year-old son, Prince Leopold, to enlist in the Belgian Army as a private and fight in the ranks.. On August 2, 1914, German Emperor William II sent Albert an ultimatum, asking free passage of German troops across Belgium to France.
For four years he held his ground in a small, unoccupied area behind the Yser River in the westernmost part of the country. Celebrating 175 years of Belgian Dynasty and the 100th anniversary of his accession, Albert I was recently selected as the main motif of a high-value collectors' coin: the Belgian 12.5 euro Albert I commemorative coin, minted in 2008. He attended the ‘Paris Peace Conference’ in April, 1919. Because King Albert was an expert climber, some questioned the official version of his death. Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Chile. King Leopold II died on December 17, 1909.  Ten thousand people traveled to Isleta for this occasion. Belgian Army Royal Museum, Decorations of King Albert I, Ethiopia.
By the ‘Treaty of London’ (1839), Belgium was assured neutrality. King Albert, as prescribed by the Belgian constitution, took personal command of the Belgian Army, and held the Germans off long enough for Britain and France to prepare for the Battle of the Marne (6â9 September 1914).