Baudouin (Belgium)

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King Baudouin (photo, 1960)
Statue of King Baudouin in front of the Brussels Cathedral

Baudouin - French by birth Baudouin Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave , Dutch Boudewijn Albert Karel Leopold Axel Marie Gustaaf , German  Balduin Albert Karl Leopold Axel Marie Gustav - (born September 7, 1930 at Stuyvenberg Castle , Laeken ; † July 31, 1993 in Motril , Spain ) from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was King of the Belgians from 1951 to 1993 .

After the abdication of his father Leopold III. Baudouin succeeded him on July 16, 1951 as Belgian king.


King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola (1969)
King Baudouin's grave in the Church of Our Lady (Laeken)

After the Allies landed in 1944, the royal family was initially deported by the Germans to Hirschstein in Saxony and then to Strobl in Austria in March 1945 . On May 7, 1945 it was liberated by US troops and King Leopold III. was confronted by the Belgian public with allegations that he had surrendered too early in the war against the Germans. He was therefore initially unable to return to Belgium . The king's brother, Prince Charles of Belgium , therefore perceived the reign on the grounds that his brother was "in the impossibility to rule".

Since no political solution could be found to the controversy surrounding the king, there was a referendum for or against the return of the king. The electorate's response was a majority of 58% in its favor, with wide regional differences. The king returned to Brussels on July 22, 1950. But after serious unrest, especially by Walloon workers, Leopold III thanked. and proposed that his royal powers be transferred to his son Prince Baudouin. On July 17, 1951, he took his oath on the constitution and became the fifth king of the Belgians.

On the occasion of his 25th jubilee on the throne in 1976, the King Baudouin Foundation was set up, which aims to improve the living conditions of the Belgian population.

Because his Catholic faith spoke against it, Baudouin refused in 1990 to sign a law to liberalize the abortion law. The Belgian government therefore declared Baudouin incapable of governing on April 4, 1990 at his own request . In this case, the Belgian Constitution stipulates that the entire government takes on the role of head of state . After all members of the government had signed the law, the next day, April 5, 1990, the government declared Baudouin to be eligible to govern again.

Baudouin ruled for 42 years until his death on July 31, 1993, when he died of heart failure in Villa Astrida in Motril , southern Spain. The mourning for the death of the “only Belgian” was deeply felt by the population across all language barriers. Baudouin was buried in the royal crypt in the Church of Our Lady in Laeken , Belgium. Since he had no children, Baudoin's brother Albert succeeded him.

A commission of the Belgian Parliament convened in 2002 examined the events surrounding the assassination of the first Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba (* July 2, 1925, † January 17, 1961). The Democratic Republic of the Congo was granted independence on June 30, 1960. In its final report, the commission found that King Baudouin knew of the plans to assassinate Lumumba. What is certain is that the Belgian government supported the Lumumba hostile forces in the Congo logistically, financially and militarily. Much of the blame is directly attributed to King Baudouin, who is said to have pursued his own post-colonial policy by bypassing political authorities.

Titles and honors


King Baudouin married the Spanish noblewoman Fabiola Mora y Aragón (born June 11, 1928 in Madrid , † December 5, 2014 in Brussels ), a former nurse and children's book author , on December 15, 1960 . The marriage remained childless, as all of the queen's pregnancies resulted in stillbirths .


Pedigree of Baudouin, King of the Belgians from 1951 to 1993

Belgian royal crown
Leopold I , King of the Belgians
⚭ 1832
Louise d'Orléans

Karl Anton (Hohenzollern)
⚭ 1834
Josephine of Baden

Max Joseph in Bavaria
⚭ 1828
Ludovika Wilhelmine of Bavaria

Michael I (Portugal)
⚭ 1851
Adelheid von Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg

Oskar I (Sweden)
⚭ 1823
Josephine de Beauharnais von Leuchtenberg

Wilhelm I (Nassau)
⚭ 1829
Pauline of Württemberg

Christian IX (Denmark)
⚭ 1842
Luise Wilhelmine of Hesse

Charles XV (Sweden)
⚭ 1850
Luise of Oranien-Nassau

Great grandparents

Philippe , Count of Flanders (1837–1905)
⚭ 1867
Maria Luise of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1845–1912)

Carl Theodor in Bavaria (1839–1909)
⚭ 1874
Maria Josepha of Portugal (1857–1943)

Oskar II (Sweden) (1829–1907)
⚭ 1857
Sophia of Nassau (1836–1913)

Frederick VIII (Denmark) (1843–1912)
⚭ 1869
Louise of Sweden (1851–1926)


Belgian royal crown
Albert I , King of the Belgians (1875–1934)
⚭ 1900
Elisabeth , Duchess in Bavaria (1876–1965)

Prince Carl of Sweden , Duke of Västergötland (1861–1951)
⚭ 1897
Princess Ingeborg Charlotte of Denmark (1878–1958)


Belgian royal crown
Leopold III. , King of the Belgians (1901–1983)
⚭ 1926
Princess Astrid of Sweden (1905–1935)

Belgian royal crown
King Baudouin (1930-1993)

See also


  • Baudouin I. , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 43/1993 of October 18, 1993, in the Munzinger Archive ( beginning of article freely accessible)
  • José-Alain Fralon: Baudouin. L'homme qui ne voulait pas être roi, Fayard, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-213-60578-5 .
  • Christian Koninckx (Ed.): Le roi Baudouin. Une vie, une époque , Racine, Bruxelles 1998, ISBN 2-87386-138-X .

Web links

Commons : Baudouin I. (Belgium)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jiri Louda et Michael MacLagan, Les Dynasties d'Europe , Bordas, 1995, ISBN 2-04-027115-5 , plate 82
  2. ^ - Entry King Baudouin
  3. ^ - Entry Prince Regent Charles
  4. 25 years of abortion law in Belgium: “A drama” for Archbishop Léonard (Gerard Cremer, Ostbelgien Direkt, April 5, 2015)
  5. François Missèr: murder of Patrice Lumumba - Belgium can detect. TAZ, December 16, 2012, accessed February 6, 2017 .
predecessor Office successor
Leopold III. King of the Belgians
Albert II