Charles II de Lalaing
He was the eldest son of Charles I de Lalaing (died 1525) and Jacqueline of Luxemburg-Fiennes (died 1511), and succeeded his father as second Count of Lalaing. His younger brother was Philip de Lalaing (1510–1555), Count of Hoogstraten and Stadtholder of Guelders, Zutphen and Jülich.
Charles married on August 30, 1528 with Margaret of Croÿ (died 1549), daughter of Charles I of Croÿ-Chimay. They had 13 children of which 12 died young, except :
- Philip de Lalaing (1537-1582), Lord of Escornaix and also stadtholder of Hainaut.
After Margaret's death, Charles remarried in 1550 with Marie of Montmorency. They had 4 children :
- Hughes de Lalaing, Lord of Condé (1551–1618)
- Charles de Lalaing (died 1553)
- Emanuel Philibert de Lalaing, Lord of Montigny and Margrave of Renty (1557–1590)
- Philippe-Christine de Lalaing, also known at Marie-Christine de Lalaing (died 1582)
At the age of 25, Charles became a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1540 he became a member of the Privy Council (Raad van State) and in 1544 head of Finance. Charles was also Stadtholder of Hainaut. When the Governor of the Netherlands, Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, left for Italy in 1557 to fight the French in the Italian War of 1551–1559, Charles became his temporary substitute.