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List of Belgian monarchs

Successive Belgian kings:

Leopold I (1831-1865)
Leopold II (1865-1909)
Albert I (1909-1934)
Leopold III (1934-1951)
Baudouin I (1951-1993)
Albert II (1993- )

Note that none of these were "King of Belgium": their title was "King of the Belgians". The latter phrase indicates a popular monarchy linked to the people of Belgium, whereas the former would indicate standard constitutional or absolute monarchy linked to territory and a state. Similarly, King Louis Philippe was proclaimed "King of the French" in 1830, not the traditional "King of France". The now abolished Greek monarchy similarly was titled "King of the Hellenes", indicating a personal link with the people, not just the state.

Other members of the Belgian Royal Family:

See also: Lists of incumbents

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