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Royal Presentation Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians Stickpin
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Royal Presentation Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians Stickpin

Circa 1910

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Yellow gold medal featuring the profile portrait of Queen Elisabeth surrounded by four rows of four diamonds each. The whole surmounted by a single diamond.

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (1876-1965) was consort of King Albert I of the Belgians, and a Duchess in Bavaria by birth. Following Albert’s accession in 1909 she took on a far greater public role ithan her predecessors. When war broke out in 1914, she engaged in war work and helped establish the Symphony Orchestra of the field army. She visited England frequently during these years, to visit her children and to carry important information from her husband to the British Government. Following the war, the family made a triumphant return to Brussels and set about to rebuild the nation.

Despite her German background, she was a popular queen, perceived as eagerly supporting her adoptive country. In 1934, Albert I died in a mountain climbing accident in the Ardennes . He was succeeded by their elder son, King Leopold III. Elisabeth withdrew from public life, so as not to hinder the efforts of her daughter-in-law, now Queen Astrid. However, in August 1935, Queen Astrid was killed in a car crash and Queen Elisabeth returned to the public life. As queen dowager, she became a patron of the arts and was known for her friendship with such notable scientists as Albert Einstein. When Brussels was liberated, she allowed her palace to be used for headquarters of the Brian Horrocks’ XXX Corps.

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