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The younger brother of the King of Belgium is offered the throne of Romania but turns it down.

Austrian Empire, 1857, zoomable map
02/25/1866

Following the coup against Prince Alexandra Ioan Cuza three days before, the powers that be in the Romanian Principalities sought a suitable European royal candidate as his successor.  An offer was made to Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and brother of the sitting Belgian monarch which was immediately turned down. Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen later accepted the offer and ruled as King Carol I intil his death in 1914.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Belgium," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 60.

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