Belgium’s Royal Family at the Front: Leadership, Service, and Valor in WWI

During the First World War, King Albert I of Belgium, who was born in 1875 and reigned from 1909 to 1934, led the Belgian Army directly from the frontlines. Concurrently, his wife Elisabeth served as a nurse at the front, while their young son Leopold, just 12 years old, bravely joined the battle as a private soldier.

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