Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
|Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen|
|Countess of Flanders|
17 November 1845|
|Died||26 November 1912
|Spouse||Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders|
Henriette, Duchess of Vendôme
Princess Joséphine Marie
Josephine Caroline, Princess of Hohenzollern
Albert I of Belgium
|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.
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. Though she was considered "quite lovely" by his family, her Roman Catholic religion barred her from being a suitable consort. 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.
They had 5 children:
|Prince Baudouin||3 June 1869||23 January 1891(aged 21)||died of influenza at the age of 21.|
|Princess Henriette of Belgium||30 November 1870||28 March 1948(aged 77)||twin of Joséphine Marie; married Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme.|
|Princess Joséphine Marie of Belgium||30 November 1870||18 January 1871(aged 0)||twin of Henriette; died as an infant.|
|Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium||18 October 1872||6 January 1958(aged 85)||married Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern.|
|Albert I, King of the Belgians||8 April 1875||17 February 1934(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. She also demonstrated appreciation for music, on one occasion awarding a gold medal to the Zoellner Quartet after it performed for the Belgian royalty.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 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.
|Ancestors of Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen|
- "Countess of Flanders Dead", New York Times, Brussels, Belgium, 27 November 1912
- Hibbert, p. 41.
- 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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