Royal Galleries of Ostend

The Royal Galleries in Ostend were constructed between 1902 and 1906 on the orders of King Leopold II of Belgium. The galleries would allow the King and his guest to walk from the royal villa to the racetrack without being exposed to the elements. The royal villa is currently a health centre. During the German [read more]

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Empress Maria Theresa’s third son – Leopold II: Grand Duke and Emperor

The future Emperor Leopold II was born on 5 May 1747 in Vienna as the third son of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis Stephen. As the third son, he was not expected to rule one day, and he was at first educated for the priesthood. However, his studies seemed to have influenced him against the [read more]