Monday, January 23, 2012

King Albert I at the Front Lines

The King greets and the Queen treats wounded soldiers back from the attack

The King gets information at the front on the withdrawal to the Yser

King Albert defending Antwerp (I think)

They shall not pass!

The King directing the troops against the enemy.

It is true, the role of the King was slightly glorified in order to inspire the army to resist and encourage the people not to lose hope in the most darkest hour of the national history. But also is true that no other monarch of the Great War was, from 1914 to 1918, so close so constantly to his army and none more shared their stress and discomfort. Albert I was the King who saved Belgium!

1 comment:

  1. Not only did he remain on the front line, Albert I also resisted the leftist political agitation which drove his cousin George V of Great Britain to abandon his family name in favour of " Windsor " Had George followed the example of Albert, the royal houses of Belgium and the UK would both be Saxe-coburg-Gotha.