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 Gillès de Pelichy
  • HH Princess Anne Marie, Mrs. Mortgat
  • HRH Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza
  • HH Princess Sophie, Countess of Nicolay
  • HH Prince Antoine
    HH Princess Jacqueline
    • HH Prince Louis
    • HH Princess Marie
    • HH Princess Florence


Alix, Dowager Princess de Ligne (Alix Marie Anne Antoinette Charlotte Gabrielle; 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. They have one son:
      • Alexander Joaquim Pedro Spearman (born 30 August 2016)
    • 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.