Leopold I, King of the Belgians(1790-1865), Reigned 1831-65; husband of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; uncle of Queen Victoria
Sitter in 26 portraits
Leopold joined the Russian army in 1805. In 1816, he married Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, heiress to the British throne. The following year she gave birth to a stillborn son and she herself died. After Belgium asserted its independence from the Netherlands in 1830, the Belgian National Congress asked Leopold to become king of the newly formed country and became King in 1831. In 1840 Leopold arranged the marriage of his niece Queen Victoria, the daughter of his sister Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, to his nephew Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, son of his brother Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Leopold acted as an advisor to his niece for many years.
by William Thomas Fry, after George Dawe
coloured engraving, based on a work of 1817
by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1862
published by J. Booth, after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, published 15 December 1817
by William Thomas Fry, published by and after George Dawe
stipple engraving, published 6 April 1818 (1817)
by Robert Hicks, published by Nuttall, Fisher & Dixon, after William Marshall Craig
stipple and line engraving, published April 1818
by John ('HB') Doyle
lithograph, published 22 February 1830
by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 3 June 1830
by T. Dixon, published by Nuttall, Fisher & Dixon, after William Marshall Craig
line engraving, published March 1818
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