Albert I of Belgium
On the eve of the outbreak of World War I he was
entertaining a powerful chieftain from the Belgian
Congo at the palace; after dinner at a signal, the royal
orchestra filed into the hall and began tuning their
“Tell me the kind of music you like best and my
orchestra will be happy to oblige.” proposed the king.
“That is it,” replied the guest, “they are playing it
now.” The king nodded graciously and for the rest of
the evening the assembled guests listened while the
orchestra tuned up.