Alix, Dowager Princess of Ligne

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Princess Alix
Dowager Princess de Ligne
Born (1929-08-24) 24 August 1929 (age 87)
Berg Castle, Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg
Spouse Antoine, 13th Prince of Ligne
Issue Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne
Prince Wauthier
Princess Anne-Marie
Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza
Princess Sophie, Comtesse de Nicolay
Prince Antoine
Princess Yolande
Full name
Alix Marie Anna Antoinette Charlotte Gabrielle
House House of Bourbon-Parma
Father Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma
Mother Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Religion Catholicism
Princely Family of Ligne
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HRH The Dowager Princess

  • HH Prince Wauthier
    HH Princess Regine
    • HH Prince Philippe
      HH Princess Laetitia
      • HH Prince Jean Charles
      • HH Princess Aliénor
    • HH Princess Melanie Yolande
    • HH Princess Élisabeth Éléonore, Baroness Baudouin Gillès de Pelichy
  • HH Princess Anne Marie, Mrs. Mortgat
  • HRH Princess Christine of Brazil
  • HH Princess Sophie, Countess Philippe de Nicolay
  • HH Prince Antoine
    HH Princess Jacqueline
    • HH Prince Louis
    • HH Princess Marie
    • HH Princess Florence
  • HH Princess Yolande, Mrs. Townsend

Alix Marie Anne Antoinette Charlotte Gabrielle, Dowager Princess de Ligne (born 24 August 1929, at Berg Castle) is the daughter of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and Felix of Bourbon-Parma.[1] She is, by birth, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma.[2] She is the sister of Grand Duke Jean and the aunt of Grand Duke Henri.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 17 August 1950 in Luxembourg Princess Alix married Antoine, 13th Prince de Ligne,[1] (8 March 1925 – 21 August 2005). They have seven children, twenty grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren:

  • Michel, 14th Prince de Ligne (born 26 May 1951) - in 1981 he married Princess Eleanora of Orléans-Braganza. They have two children:[1]
    • Princess Alix de Ligne (born 3 July 1984), married on 18 June 2016 Count Guillaume de Dampierre (born 1985, third cousin twice-removed of Emanuelle de Dampierre, Duchess of Segovia, through shared descent from Aymar, Marquis de Dampierre 1787-1845).
    • Prince Henri Antoine de Ligne (born 3 March 1989)
  • Prince Wauthier de Ligne (born 10 July 1952) - In 1976 he married Countess Regine de Renesse. They have three children and eight grandchildren:
    • Prince Philippe de Ligne (born 29 May 1977) - In 2008 he married Jonkvrouw Laetitia Rolin. They have two children:
      • Prince Jean-Charles de Ligne (born 11 June 2010)
      • Princess Alienor de Ligne (born 2 July 2012)
    • Princess Melanie-Yolande de Ligne (born 19 June 1979) married Paul Weingarten on 17 September 2011. They have one son:
      • Felix Weingarten (born 27 May 2013)
    • Princess Elisabeth-Eleonore de Ligne (born 27 June 1983) - she married Baron Baudouin Gillès de Pelichy on 9 July 2005. They have five children.
      • Baron Antoine Gillès de Pélichy (born 5 July 2006)
      • Baron Charles Gillès de Pélichy (born 21 September 2008)
      • Baroness Philippine Gillès de Pélichy (born 4 February 2010)
      • Baroness Marguerite Gillès de Pélichy (born 9 April 2012)
      • Baroness Marie Gillès de Pélichy (born 17 July 2014)
  • Princess Anne de Ligne (born 3 April 1954) - In 1981 she married Olivier Mortgat. They have two daughters.[1]
    • Laure Mortgat (born 23 March 1983)
    • Isabelle-Marie Mortgat (born 2 January 1985)
  • Princess Christine de Ligne (born 11 August 1955) - In 1981 she married Prince Antonio of Orléans-Braganza. They had four children.[1]
    • Pedro Luiz de Orléans-Bragança e Wittelsbach, Prince de Orléans-Bragança (born 12 January 1983 died 1 June 2009)
    • Amelia de Orléans-Bragança e Wittelsbach, Princess de Orléans-Bragança (born 15 March 1984) married to Alexander James Spearman (b. 27 March 1984) on 16 August 2014
    • Rafael de Orléans-Bragança e Wittelsbach, Prince de Orléans-Bragança (born 24 April 1986)
    • Maria Gabriela de Orléans-Bragança e Wittelsbach, Princess de Orléans-Bragança (born 8 June 1989)
  • Princess Sophie de Ligne (born 23 April 1957) - In 1982 she married Count Philippe de Nicolay. They have two sons.[1]
    • François de Nicolay, Count de Nicolay (born 20 October 1989)
    • Guy de Nicolay, Count de Nicolay (born 19 December 1993)
  • Prince Antoine Lamoral de Ligne (born 28 December 1959) - In 2001 he married Countess Jacqueline de Lannoy.[1] They have three children:
    • Prince Louis de Ligne (born 4 March 2003)
    • Princess Marie de Ligne (born 29 September 2004)
    • Princess Florence de Ligne (born 14 March 2006)
  • Princess Yolande de Ligne (born 16 June 1964) - In 1994 she married Hugo Townsend (born 1945), son of Group Captain Peter Townsend and Rosemary Pawle. They have four children.[1]
    • Marie Townsend (born 29 April 1995)
    • George Townsend (born 16 March 1997)
    • James Townsend (born 9 May 1998)
    • Bartholomew Townsend (born May 2001)

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 24 August 1929 – 17 August 1950: Her Royal Highness Princess Alix of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma
  • 17 August 1950 – 3 March 1985: Her Royal Highness Princess Antoine of Ligne
  • 3 March 1985 – 21 August 2005: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Ligne
  • 21 August 2005 – present: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Princess of Ligne

Ancestry[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 678-680. (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ Semans, Barbara Broome; Schwarz, Letitia Broome (26 February 2009). John Broome and Rebecca Lloyd Vol. I: Their Descendants and Related Families 18th to 21st Centuries. Xlibris Corporation. p. 485. ISBN 978-1-4628-1113-7. Retrieved 29 June 2014.