Eugène, 11th Prince of Ligne

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Prince of Ligne
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Eugène in October 1947
Reign 23 June 1937 – 26 June 1960
Predecessor Ernest
Successor Baudouin
Born (1893-08-10)10 August 1893
Died 26 June 1960(1960-06-26) (aged 66)
Château de Belœil
Spouse Philippine de Noailles
Issue Baudouin, 12th Prince of Ligne
Princess Isabelle de Ligne
Archduchess Yolande of Austria
Antoine, 13th Prince of Ligne
Full name
Eugène Frederic Marie Lamoral de Ligne
House House of Ligne
Father Ernest, 10th Prince de Ligne
Mother Diane de Cossé-Brissac
Religion Roman Catholicism

Eugene de Ligne, 11th Prince de Ligne (Eugène II, prince de Ligne) (10 August 1893 - 26 June 1960) was the eldest son of Ernest, 10th Prince de Ligne and Diane de Cossé-Brissac.[1] He also held the titles of Prince of Epinoy and Prince of Amblise and was Knight of the Golden Fleece.[1]


After having carried out studies of philosophy and letters, Eugène completed in 1920 the diplomatic examination with distinction. He was sent to Bucharest, Paris, Madrid, London and Washington, D.C.

Eugène married Philippine de Noailles on 28 February 1917. She was a daughter of François Joseph Eugène Napoléon de Noailles. They had two sons and two daughters:

Following the death of his father in 1937, Eugène became 11th prince de Ligne. During the invasion of Belgium by the Germans in 1940, Eugène joined, (near Antwerp), the motorized group at the vanguard. When Belgium was demobilized, he and his wife worked to provision the country and transformed the castle of Belœil into a hiding place for hundreds of Jewish children escaping the Holocaust, for which he and his wife received the honor of Righteous Among the Nations.[2] After the Second World War, he was named ambassador of Belgium to India (1947 to 1951),[3] and to Spain (1951 to 1958).



  1. ^ a b "Future Princess A U.S. Girl", The Washington Post, 6 January 1917 
  2. ^ Eugène, 11th Prince of Ligne, at Yad Vashem Website
  3. ^ Website of Indian Embassy in Brussels

Eugène, 11th Prince of Ligne
Born: 10 August 1893 Died: 26 June 1960
Belgian nobility
Preceded by
Prince of Ligne
Succeeded by