A woman looks at the sculpture of the “leopard man” at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren in 2013, shortly before its closure for renovation and a reshaping of its narrative. It is due to reopen in December. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

When King Leopold in 1908 eventually handed over Congo, then the largest private estate ever acquired by a single man, to the Belgian state, the furna(...)

Official opening of Patrice Lumumba Square in Brussels, named in honour of late Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, with an effigy of Lumumba. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Getty

“You killed Lumumba,” she roared at the Belgian officials on the platform, before being escorted away by the police. The music and speeches resumed. (...)

Daphne Park with MI6 colleague Hugo Herbert-Jones on route to Stanleyville (now Kisangani) in the Congo in 1960/61. Five officers in total took part in the operation, the nature of which remains undisclosed. Photograph: courtesy of Sarah Herbert-Jones

Queen of Spies is the biography of the late Baroness Daphne Park (1921-2010), a senior controller in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, popularly (...)