The authorized biography of King Albert with some material supplied by Queen Elizabeth. It is, necessarily, a history of Belgium and the War, and opens with its outbreak and then shows the background from which Albert was able to take the stand he did during those four long years. With the unexpected death of his brother, Albert became the heir-apparent of his uncle, Leopold II, and worked hard at the job cut out for him. His happy marriage and interest in the people made his accession a joyful thing and the loyalty and trust he aroused made it possible for Belgium to ""carry on"" in the lean years. Here are heart-warming stories of the man, some apocryphal, but all showing the complete devotion of his subjects. Here also is history, diplomatic thrust and parry, international suspicion and internal political problems. The world mourned the man and admired the country --and this is their story.