Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium

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Princess Joséphine Caroline
Princess Joséphine Caroline of Hohenzollern
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Born (1872-10-18)18 October 1872
Brussels, Belgium
Died 6 January 1958(1958-01-06) (aged 85)
Namur, Belgium
Spouse Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern
Issue Princess Stephanie
Princess Marie Antoinette
Prince Albrecht
Princess Henriette
Full name
French: Joséphine Caroline Marie Albertine
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Mother Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium (18 October 1872 – 6 January 1958). She was the daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.

Biography[edit]

Belgian Royalty
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
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Leopold I
Leopold II
Albert I
Leopold III
Baudouin
Albert II
Philippe

Joséphine Caroline married her maternal first cousin Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen on 28 May 1894 in Brussels. Their relationship is described as a happy one. They lived in the Burg Namedy. During the WWI, she made the residence to a military hospital for wounded soldiers. In 1936, Joséphine Caroline joined the Catholic Benedictine order and became a nun in Namur in Belgium.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 28 May 1894 in Brussels, she married her maternal first cousin Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, later simply of Hohenzollern (Sigmaringen, 1 September 1868 - Namedy, 21 February 1919), third son of Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, later simply of Hohenzollern and Infanta Antónia of Portugal. They had the following children;

  • Princess Stephanie Josephine Karola Philippine Leopoldine Marie of Hohenzollern (8 April 1895 Potsdam, Germany – 7 August 1975 Dießen am Ammersee, Germany), married Joseph Ernst, Count Fugger von Glott (26 October 1895 – 13 May 1981 Miesbach, Germany), on 18 May 1920.
  • Princess Marie Antoinette Wilhelmine Auguste Viktoria of Hohenzollern (23 October 1896 – 4 July 1965) married Baron Egon Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich (6 December 1892 Bolzano, Italy – 27 April 1981 Überlingen, Germany), on 27 November 1924)
  • Prince Albrecht Ludwig Leopold Tassilo of Hohenzollern (28 September 1898 Potsdam – 30 July 1977), married Isle Margot Klara Willy von Friedeburg (28 June 1901 Potsdam – 2 July 1988) on 19 May 1921, in Potsdam, and had five children.
  • Princess Henriette Leopoldine Wilhelmine of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (29 September 1907 – 3 October 1907).

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 18 October 1872 – 28 May 1894: Her Royal Highness Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Saxony
  • 28 May 1894 – 21 February 1919: Her Royal Highness Princess Joséphine Caroline of Hohenzollern, Princess of Belgium, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Saxony
  • 21 February 1919 – 6 January 1958: Her Royal Highness Princess Joséphine Caroline, Dowager Princess of Hohenzollern, Princess of Belgium, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Saxony

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Josephine's ancestors in three generations
Princess Josephine of Belgium Father:
Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Paternal Grandfather:
Leopold I of Belgium
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Countess Augusta Reuss-Ebersdorf
Paternal Grandmother:
Princess Marie d'Orléans
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Louis-Philippe I, King of the French
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Maria Amalia of the Two Sicilies
Mother:
Princess Marie of Hohenzollern
Maternal Grandfather:
Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Charles, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Marie Antoinette Murat
Maternal Grandmother:
Princess Josephine of Baden
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Karl, Grand Duke of Baden
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Stéphanie de Beauharnais