Albert I

Albert I

On 8 April, birth at the Palais de la Régence in Place Royale, Brussels, of Albert, Leopold, Marie, fifth child of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and brother of Leopold II, and of Princess Marie de Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.

Prince Albert married Elisabeth, Duchess en Bavière. The couple would have three children: Leopold (1901-1983), the future Leopold III, Charles (1903-1983), the future Regent, and Marie-Jose (1906-2001).

Albert founded the "Ibis" institution, a home and school for the orphans of fishermen.

On 23 December, Albert succeeded King Leopold II.

On 30 August, enactment of the law introducing general military services (conscription of all the sons of a family).

On 2 August, King Albert took effective command of the Armed Forces, in accordance with Article 68 of the Constitution.

After the Armistice on 11 November, King Albert, Queen Elisabeth and the Princes made a triumphal entry into Brussels, on 22 November.

In his speech from the throne on 22 November, King Albert announced major reforms: Introduction of universal suffrage, effective equality of the two national languages, and the switch to Flemish at the University of Ghent; recognition of trade union freedoms and the extension of social legislation.

Creation, on the initiative of King Albert I, of the National Scientific Research Fund (FNRS) to encourage industrial development. .

On 17 February, the King died tragically following a fatal fall in the rocks of Marche-les-Dames. A large number of veterans of the Front accompanied their Commander to his final resting place.