Friday, January 24, 2014
The Return of Old Friends
Cercle Léopold III is once more online. For a long time, it seemed to have disappeared from cyberspace. Founded on Belgian National Day, July 21, 2002, this Franco-Belgian association is dedicated to illuminating the controversial reign of Leopold III, and to preserving and defending his memory from false accusations. "A fidelity to the honor of a man," is the motto of the organization. Established in Prigonrieux, in Dordogne, and headquartered at the Château du Haut Pezaud, in Monbazillac, France, the Cercle Léopold III enjoys the patronage of Princess Marie-Esmeralda, the King's youngest daughter. The late French writer Marcel Jullian, a friend of Leopold and his second wife, Princess Lilian, served as honorary president before his death. Jacques Borgers, of the World Organization of the Periodical Press, was given the presidency. The association is open to membership by individuals of all nationalities. The website is replete with many fascinating historical articles, book summaries, news updates, and beautiful photographs. Unfortunately, the texts tend to be only in French.