Princess Henriette of Belgium

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Princess Henriette
Duchess of Vendôme
HRH Princess Henriette of Belgium, Duchess of Vendôme.jpg
Born (1870-11-30)30 November 1870
Brussels, Belgium
Died 28 March 1948(1948-03-28) (aged 77)
Sierre, Valais, Switzerland
Spouse Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme
Issue Princess Marie Louise
Princess Sophie
Princess Geneviève, Marchioness of Chaponay-Morance
Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Nemours
Full name
French: Henriette Marie Charlotte Antoinette
Dutch: Henriëtte Maria Charlotte Antonia
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Mother Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature Princess Henriette's signature

Princess Henriette of Belgium, later Princess Henriette of Orléans, Duchess of Vendôme (30 November 1870 – 28 March 1948), was the daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. She was the younger twin sister of Princess Joséphine Marie of Belgium, who died at the age of six weeks in 1871.


Belgian Royalty
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Great coat of arms of Belgium.svg
Leopold I
Leopold II
Albert I
Leopold III
Albert II

She married in Brussels, Belgium on 12 February 1896 Prince Emmanuel of Orléans, 8th Duke of Vendôme (18 January 1872 Austria-Hungary – 1 February 1931 Cannes, France), He was a son of Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon, and Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, and was a great-grandson of King Louis-Philippe of France.

The couple had four children:

  • Princess Marie Louise of Orléans (31 December 1896 – 8 March 1973) she married Prince Philip of Bourbon-Two Sicilies on 12 January 1916 and they were divorced in 1925. They have one son. She remarried Walter Kingsland on 12 December 1928
  • Princess Sophie Joséphine Louise Marie Immaculée Gabrielle Philippine Henriette of Orléans (19 October 1898–9 October 1928)
  • Princess Généviève Marie Jeanne Françoise Chantal Monique Louise Alberte Joséphine Gabrielle Emmanuelle Henriette of Orléans (21 September 1901–1983) she married Antoine Marie François de Chaponay, Marquis de Chaponay-Morance on 2 July 1923. They have two children:
    • Pierre de Chaponay-Morance (24 January 1925-2 October 1943) he died at the age of eighteen during World War II.
    • Henryanne de Chaponay-Morance (8 May 1926)
  • Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Nemours (4 April 1905–10 March 1970) he married Marguerite Watson on 24 September 1928.


Henriette was a great sportswoman, and was often considered the best shot among royal women.[1] On one occasion, she killed a stag that had already killed another, making her very popular in Belgian sporting circles. She even earned the sobriquet the "Sporting Duchess". In 1908, she accompanied her husband to the Rocky Mountains in the United States to shoot grizzly bears.[1]

She often did royal visits for her brother King Albert. In 1914 for instance, she visited a hospital in Neuilly that was treating American troops.[2] In two letters, Henriette and her sister-in-law Queen Elisabeth expressed their appreciation and asked for more support from the American Commission For Relief in Belgium, which had been giving donations to the Belgian people ever since the German invasion.[3]

Henriette Marie of Belgium died aged 77, on 28 March 1948, in Sierre, Valais, Switzerland.[4]




  1. ^ a b "Leopold's Niece to Hunt Grizzlies", The New York Times, Berlin, 17 July 1908 
  2. ^ "Visit From King's Sister", The New York Times, Paris, 17 November 1914 
  3. ^ "'Send More Relief', Begs Belgian Queen", The New York Times, Brussels, 8 December 1914 
  4. ^ 19-20th Cent. Princess Henriette Marie of Belgium, Duchess of Vendôme.
  5. ^ Nieuws Van Den Dag (Het) 02-10-1900