People: Oct. 8, 1965

The King had changed, and everyone in Brussels noticed it; he seemed sportier, more dashing—but he kept blinking. Tired of looking owlish, Belgium's myopic King Baudouin, 35, had doffed his familiar bottle-bottom glasses after 20 years, got himself fitted for contact lenses. MORE GLAMOUR FOR BAUDOUIN, cheered the Flemish weekly Zondag Morgen. There were no cheers from Treasury officials, who had to figure out what would become of those millions of stamps and 20-franc notes featuring the King's bespectacled old image.

Auctioning off the documentary remains of her son—baptismal certificate, a few letters—brought...

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