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King Albert I of Belgium, sometimes known as the Soldier King because he was the king during the Great War




King Albert is Born

Apr 08, 1875

Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad is born in Brussels. He is the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and his wife, Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, meaning that he was not directly in line for the thrown.

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Location: Belgium



Albert Marries Elisabeth

Oct 02, 1900

Albert marries in Munich. He is married to the Bavarian Duchess Elisabeth Gabrielle Valerie Marie.

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Location: Germany



King Albert is Crowned

Dec 23, 1909

King Albert is crowned the King of the Belgians

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Location: Belgium



Royal Marines Arrive in Belgium

Sep 19, 1914

The British Royal Marines and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry start arriving in the port of Dunkirk to help defend Belgium from the Germans

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Location: Belgium



German Bombardment Starts

Sep 27, 1914

The Germans launched an artillery bombardment from 160 heavy guns on the outer ring of forts which protected the city of Antwerp. They intend to smash the two Waelhem and Wavre Ste Catherine forts in order to create a hole in the ring of forts before moving onto the inner ring of forts.

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Location: Belgium



Marine Brigade Goes to Lille

Sep 28, 1914

One battalion of the Marine Brigade goes to Lille to cover the withdrawal of French Territorial units from the area as the German westwards advance.

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Location: Belgium



The British Send More Help to Belgium

Sep 29, 1914

The Belgian government tells the British government that if the Germans broke through the inner ring of forts then they would leave Antwerp via Ostend along with the bulk of Belgian Field Army. The British agreed to send a small force to help defend the inner ring of forts.

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Location: Belgium



The Belgians Decide to Leave Antwerp

Oct 02, 1914

King Albert I and his Supreme Council of National Defence decide that the Council of Ministers, the Government and the Queen would leave Antwerp on the next day. Posters are put up warning the civilian population about this.

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Location: Belgium



Churchill Meets King Albert

Oct 03, 1914

Winston Churchill comes to an agreement with King Albert about how they are going to defend Antwerp

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Location: Belgium



Belgian Army Crosses the Terneuzen Canal

Oct 07, 1914

King Albert joins his army as they are pushed back over the Terneuzen Canal

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Location: Belgium



Bombardment of Antwerp

Oct 08, 1914

German artillery opens fire on the inner ring of forts around Antwerp and the Naval Brigade is forced to withdraw

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Location: Belgium



The Germans Take Antwerp

Oct 10, 1914

The Germans turn east to take Antwerp rather than following the Belgian army allowing them to escape.

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Location: Belgium



King Albert Returns to Brussels

Nov 1918

King Albert I makes his triumphal re-entry into Brussels accompanied by Prince Albert, then serving in the RAF

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Location: Belgium



King Albert Dies

Feb 17, 1934

King Albert I dies in a mountaineering accident while climbing alone on the Ardennes region of Belgium near Namur.

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Location: Belgium