Not only that, but Leopold was later remember by Napoleon, during the latter's exile at Saint Helena, as "the most beautiful man [he] ever saw at the Tuileries palace."
|Josephine and Hortense de Beauharnais|
|Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales|
of the House of Hanover
On 2 May, 1816, Leopold and Charlotte were married, and that's how Leopold went from being the poorest prince in Germany to a very wealthy man with a yearly stipend of £50,000 (equivalent to $6.25 million as of 2005, and twice what the Duke of York received) for life, even if his wife should die first. And though at first ambition then the Princess's beauty were what had conquered Leopold at first, he later "came to appreciate more every day...her noble heart." So it was with a broken heart that Leopold had to say goodbye to Charlotte a year later, when she died in childbirth.
But, as we all know, that was not the end of his royal career, nor that of his love life...