King Albert in World War I
David Woodward describes how, throughout the First World War, the King remained on the narrow strip of Belgium between Ypres and the sea which remained in Allied hands.
On February 22nd, 1934, Sir Maurice Hankey, then Secretary to the Cabinet, called on King George V at Buckingham Palace. King Albert of the Belgians, who had been killed in a climbing accident on February 17th, was being buried that day in Brussels, and the two men spoke of the dead monarch. Hankey wrote afterwards: