Keyes Papers. G. Belgium: Vols. cliii-cliv. With the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 Belgium maintained its policy of neutrality but requested that an unofficial emissary to the British government be appointed. Keyes was given the role and travelled to Belgium in October 1939, November 1939, and January 1940. In May 1940 Churchill appointed Keyes as his personal liaison to the Belgian monarch, King Leopold III. Keyes was in Belgium as the Germans over-ran the country and escaped as Belgium surrendered. For Keyes’s diary of this second of his Belgian appointments see Add. 82449-82450. The story of Keyes’s Belgian mission and his relationship with the Belgian royal family is told in a book by his son, Roger Keyes, Outrageous Fortune: The Tragedy of Leopold III of the Belgians (London: Secker & Warburg, 1984).

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Belgium General: Adm. Keyes's papers on the Belgian Campaign in World War Two: 1939-1945.

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