Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders

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Prince Philippe
Count of Flanders
Conde de Flandes.jpg
Born (1837-03-24)24 March 1837
Laeken Palace, Laeken, Belgium
Died 17 November 1905(1905-11-17) (aged 68)
Laeken Palace, Laeken, Belgium
Burial Church of Our Lady of Laeken
Spouse Princess Marie of Hohenzollern
Issue Prince Baudouin
Princess Henriette
Princess Joséphine Marie
Princess Joséphine Caroline
Albert I
Full name
French: Philippe Eugène Ferdinand Marie Clément Baudouin Léopold Georges
Dutch: Filips Eugeen Ferdinand Marie Clemens Boudewijn Leopold Joris
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Leopold I of Belgium
Mother Louise d'Orléans
Religion Roman Catholic
Royal styles of
Philippe of Belgium,
Count of Flanders
Coat of Arms of the Count of Flanders (1837-1909).svg
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders (24 March 1837 – 17 November 1905) was the third born (but second surviving) son of Leopold I, King of the Belgians and his wife Louise d'Orléans (1812–1850). He was born at the Château de Laeken, near Brussels, Belgium. He was created Count of Flanders on 14 December 1840.

He was the heir presumptive to the Belgian throne, from 1869 (upon the death of his nephew) until his own death in 1905.

In 1866, after the abdication of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Prince of Romania, he refused being named the new Romanian sovereign, and the throne was later accepted by Carol I.[1][2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 25 April 1867 in Berlin, he married Marie Luise Alexandra Caroline, Princess of Hohenzollern, (1845–1912), daughter of Karl Anton von Hohenzollern (1811–1885) and his wife Josephine of Baden (1813–1900).

Their children were:

He died in his resicence the Palace of the Count of Flanders, and is buried at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken.



Coat of Arms of the Count of Flanders (1837-1909).svg
Coat of Arms of the Count of Flanders (1837-1909)
Royal Monogram of Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders.svg
Royal Monogram of Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders



  1. ^ Keith Hitchins (1994). Rumania, 1866-1947. Oxford University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-19-822126-6. 
  2. ^ Carol I of Romania was the brother in law of Philippe, count of Flanders.


  • Weintraub, Stanley, Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert, The Free Press, New York, 1997, p. 458.
  • Willis, Daniel (also known as Daniel A. Brewer-Ward), The Descendants of Louis XIII, Clearfield Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1999, ISBN 0-8063-4942-5, p. 99.
  • NEXUS Jan/Feb 1998, Vol. XV, No. 1, p. 32.


Damien Bilteryst, Philippe Comte de Flandre, Frère de Léopold II, Bruxelles, Editions Racine, juin 2014, 336 p. ISBN 978-2-87386-894-9

External links[edit]

Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 24 March 1837 Died: 17 November 1905
Belgian royalty
New title Count of Flanders
14 December 1840 – 17 November 1905
Succeeded by
Charles of Belgium