King Baudouin reigned from 1951 till 1993. Throughout his reign, Belgium was marked by profound economic and social changes, the decolonization of the Congo and the European integration - in which Belgium served at the forefront.
King Baudouin was highly respected for his deep social commitments: he fought against all forms of inequality in both Belgium and the developing world. After the death of King Baudouin, Queen Fabiola (1928-2014) continued their social activities, unabated.
The Prize continues to embody their deep social commitments.