Prince of Ligne

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Prince of Ligne
Ethnicity Belgian
Current region Belgium
Place of origin Ligne in Belgium
Estate(s) Château de Belœil
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

Prince of Ligne is a title of Belgian nobility that belongs to the House of Ligne, which goes back to the eleventh century. It owes its name to the village in which it originated, between Ath and Tournai. The lords of Ligne belonged to the entourage of the Count of Hainaut at the time of the Crusades.[1]

The Ligne family began a progressive rise in the nobility, first as barons in the twelfth century, then counts of Fauquemberg and princes of Épinoy in the sixteenth century. Lamoral I received the titles of Prince of Ligne and Prince of the Holy Roman Empire in the early seventeenth century from Emperor Rudolf II.

Barons de Ligne[2][edit]

  • Jean II, Baron of Ligne and Brabançon, Lord of Beloeil (died 1442)
    • Michel III, Baron of Ligne and Brabançon 1442–1468 (died 1468)
      • Jean III, Baron of Ligne, Lord of Roubaix in 1468–1491 (died 1491)
        • Antoine I, Baron of Ligne and Beloeil in 1491–1532, Count of Fauquemberg, created 1st Prince de Mortagne 1513 (died 1532)
          • Jacques I, Baron of Ligne and Beloeil, Count of Fauquemberg 1532-1545 (died 1552), created 1st Count of Ligne 1545
      • Guillaume, inherited Brabançon, ancestor of Dukes of Arenberg in male line (died c.1519)

Comtes de Ligne (1545–1601)[3][edit]

  • Jacques I, st Count of Ligne in 1545–c. 1552, Count of Fauquemberg, Prince de Mortagne, Baron de Belœil (died c. 1552)
    • Philippe, 2nd Count of Ligne c. 1552–1583, Count of Fauquemberg, Baron de Wassenaer et de Bailleul, Vicomte de Leiden (1533–1583)
      • Lamoral, 3rd Count of Ligne in 1583–1601, created 1st Prince d'Épinoy 1592 (1563–1624), created Fürst von Ligne 1601

Princes de Ligne (1601–present)[4][edit]

  • Lamoral I, 1st Prince 1601–1624 (1563–1624)
    • Florent, Hereditary Prince, Marquis de Roubaix (1588–1622), created Prince d'Amblise 1608

Knight of the Golden Fleece[edit]

Many of the Princes de Ligne have also been Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The following list is of those Princes, along with their year of investiture:


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