|Leopold I, King of the Belgians|
Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1846
The Royal Collection
Leopold I, King of the Belgians was one of Queen Victoria’s most cherished relatives. This beloved uncle was instrumental in arranging her marriage to Prince Albert. Leopold’s fondness for Victoria was very evident in everything that he did for her—often sending her gifts and other sweet tokens of his uvuncular admiration. In 1846, he sent Victoria this portrait of himself—painted by one of Victoria’s favorite painters, Franz Xaver Winterhalter.