Prince of Ligne

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Prince of Ligne is one of the most prestigious Belgian noble titles. It goes back to the eleventh century and owes its name to the village in which it originated, between Ath and Tournai. The lords of Ligne belonged to the entourage of the Count of Hainaut at the time of the crusades. They began the progressive rise in the nobility: barons in the twelfth century, counts of Fauquemberg, and princes of Épinoy in the sixteenth century. Lamoral I received from the emperor Rudolf II the titles of Prince of Ligne and Prince of the Holy Roman Empire.

Baron de Ligne[edit]

  • Michel III de Ligne, Baron de Ligne et de Brabançon (+1468)

Comte de Ligne[edit]

  • Jacques de Ligne, Comte de Ligne, Prince de Fauquemberg, Prince de Mortagne, Baron de Belœil (c. 1552)
  • Philippe de Ligne, Comte de Ligne et de Fauquemberg, Baron de Wassenaer et de Bailleul, Vicomte de Leiden (1533–1583)

Princes de Ligne[edit]

  1. Lamoral, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1563–1624).
  2. Albert Henri, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1615–1641)
  3. Claude Lamoral, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1618–1679)
  4. Henri Louis Ernest, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1644–1702)
  5. Antoine Joseph Ghislain, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1682–1750)
  6. Claude Lamoral, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1685–1766)
  7. Charles-Joseph, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1735–1814)
  8. Eugène, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1804–1880)
  9. Louis, Prince of Ligne (1854–1918)
  10. Ernest, Prince of Ligne (1857–1937)
  11. Eugène, Prince of Ligne (1893–1960)
  12. Baudouin, Prince of Ligne (1918–1985)
  13. Antoine, Prince of Ligne (1925–2005)
  14. Michel, Prince of Ligne (1951-)
    • Heir: Henri (son of the Prince Michel)

Knight of the Golden Fleece[edit]

Many of the Princes de Ligne have also been Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The following list is of those Princes, along with their year of investiture:

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