Friday, January 2, 2009


Welcome to The Cross of Laeken!  I will be posting on a variety of topics as they come to mind, with a special focus on Belgian royal history. 

I am very interested in Belgian kings Albert I and Leopold III, their reigns, families, friendships, and religious faith. Due to the vulnerability and internal divisions of their little realm, these monarchs had a very heavy Cross to bear. Both faced terrible wars which overwhelmed their country. Both endured cruel attacks in Belgium. In the case of Leopold III, political intrigue and calumny led to his abdication and the permanent weakening of the Belgian monarchy. Yet, under adverse circumstances, the conduct of Albert I and Leopold III was admirable. In my opinion, they rank among the greatest Catholic kings in history. This website is intended to be a tribute to their intelligence, integrity, courage, generosity, and piety. 

Thank you for visiting my blog and best wishes for 2009. 

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