It [independence] signifies a decisive moment in the existence, not only of the Congo itself, but also—and I don’t hesitate to say it—of the whole of Africa. When Leopold II undertook the greatest project that is being crowned today, he did not announce to you as a conqueror, but as a civilizer. The great independence movement that drives the whole of Africa has received the broadest understanding from the Belgian government. In consideration of the unanimous longing of your people we have not hesitated to grant you this independence from the very start.

King Baudouin during his speech on the occasion of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo from Belgium (June 30, 1960)

When Leopold II undertook the greatest project that is being crowned today, he did not announce to you as a conqueror, but as a civilizer.

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Death notice of Queen Astrid, who died in an accident on 29 August 1935.

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An old PDV cover speculating about who would be Baudouin s fiance. The next year, he married Fabiola Mora de Aragon.

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At the wedding of King Baudouin and Fabiola de Mora y Aragón 

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