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In 1919, King Albert I of Belgium, his wife Queen Elizabeth, and their son Crown Prince Leopold, boarded the “George Washington” ship. They were going to the United States for a state visit. Pierre Goemare, who travelled with the royal family, left us a first-hand account of their journey. As has often been said before,
In 1919, the Belgian royal family toured the United States. One of their stops was Niagara Falls. Here’s an account of their visit: Since Louis Hennepin, the Belgian explorer, described Niagara Falls for the first time in 1663, much has been written about this wonder. Still, as Roosevelt said, one can only realize what these
In his book, Albert The Brave, Lucas Netley relates several episodes of the Belgian King as a motorist. To quote: He was swift to see the advantage of motoring, not only as a pleasant recreation, but also as a commercial asset in securing rapid transit of goods. Often he upheld worthily the chivalry of the