Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

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Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Countess of Flanders
Maria Luise von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.jpg
Born (1845-11-17)17 November 1845
Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Died 26 November 1912(1912-11-26) (aged 67)
Brussels, Belgium
Spouse Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Issue Prince Baudouin
Henriette, Duchess of Vendôme
Princess Joséphine Marie
Josephine Caroline, Princess of Hohenzollern
Albert I of Belgium
Full name
German: Marie Luise Alexandra Karoline
House House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
Mother Princess Josephine of Baden

Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Marie Luise Alexandrine Karoline; 17 November 1845 – 26 November 1912) was a Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, later simply of Hohenzollern, and mother of King Albert I of Belgium.[1]


Marie Luise was a daughter of Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Prime minister of Prussia and Princess Josephine of Baden, and as such a sister of Carol I of Romania and aunt of his successor, Ferdinand of Romania.


Marie was considered as a potential wife to the future Edward VII of the United Kingdom.[2] Though she was considered "quite lovely" by his family, her Roman Catholic religion barred her from being a suitable consort.[2] She married on 25 April 1867 in Berlin with Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, second son of King Leopold I of Belgium and Louise-Marie of Orléans.[1]

They had 5 children:

Name Birth Death Notes
Prince Baudouin 3 June 1869 23 January 1891(1891-01-23) (aged 21) died of influenza at the age of 21.
Princess Henriette of Belgium 30 November 1870 28 March 1948(1948-03-28) (aged 77) twin of Joséphine Marie; married Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme.
Princess Joséphine Marie of Belgium 30 November 1870 18 January 1871(1871-01-18) (aged 0) twin of Henriette; died as an infant.
Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium 18 October 1872 6 January 1958(1958-01-06) (aged 85) married Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern.
Albert I, King of the Belgians 8 April 1875 17 February 1934(1934-02-17) (aged 58) third King of the Belgians; married Elisabeth of Bavaria.

Princess Marie was an accomplished artist, even occasionally exhibiting her paintings at the Brussels Fair. She had a literary salon, which was the gathering place of many authors as well as a feature of Brussels social life for forty years.[1] She also demonstrated appreciation for music, on one occasion awarding a gold medal to the Zoellner Quartet after it performed for the Belgian royalty.[3]


Marie Luise died in Belgium in 1912 at the age of 67, after suffering from pneumonia for several days.[1] She was buried in the Church of Our Lady of Laeken.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 17 November 1845 – 25 April 1867 Her Serene Highness Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
  • 25 April 1867 – 17 November 1905 Her Royal Highness The Countess of Flanders
  • 17 November 1905 – 26 November 1912 Her Royal Highness The Dowager Countess of Flanders

Her full style and title was Her Royal Highness Marie, Princess Philippe of Belgium, Countess of Flanders, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess in Saxony.




  1. ^ a b c d "Countess of Flanders Dead", New York Times, Brussels, Belgium, 27 November 1912 
  2. ^ a b Hibbert, p. 41.
  3. ^ Cariaga, Daniel, "Not Taking It with You: A Tale of Two Estates," Los Angeles Times, 22 December 1985; accessed April 2012.


  • Hibbert, Christopher (2007). Edward VII: The Last Victorian King. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

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