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Princess Louise of Belgium

Belgian princess

Died when: 66 years 12 days (792 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius

 

Princess Louise of Belgium

Princess Louise of Belgium (French: Louise Marie Amélie; 18 February 1858 – 1 March 1924), was by birth a Princess of Belgium and member of the House of Wettin in the branch of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (as such she was also styled Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony).

By her marriage with her cousin Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha she retained her birth titles of Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony.

Eldest daughter of daughter of King Leopold II of Belgium and Queen Marie Henriette (born Archduchess of Austria), she married in Brussels on 4 February 1875 with her 2nd cousin Prince Philipp and settled in Vienna, where they had two children: Leopold Clement, born in 1878, and Dorothea, born in 1881.

Her marriage quickly fall apart.Louise, endowed with a strong and whole personality, refuses to submit to a husband who does not suit her and who was imposed by the reason of state.

She reacts by leading a lavish and worldly life, making the heyday of the court of Vienna where her beauty attracts.

Louise is quickly preceded by a reputation for scandal to which she gives credit by leading several successive affairs before falling in love with Geza Mattachich, an aristocratic Croatian officer.

Louise creating a scandal in the whole of Europe, her husband has her declared insane and convinces the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria to intern her in a psychiatric hospital, while Mattachich is accused of forgery and imprisoned.

Released four years later, Mattachich succeeds in making the princess escape.Both then travel across Europe.Succeeding in proving her mental balance, Louise divorces amicably in 1906.

A stateless person's life begins for Louise, who, together with her sister Stéphanie, institutes several lawsuits against the Belgian State to recover the inheritance of their father (who died in 1909) –by whom she feels aggrieved.

These trials are lost by the two princesses.However, in 1914, she managed to received a part of King Leopold II's fortune.

World War I and the German defeat further impoverish Louise, who decides to publish her memoirs under the title Autour des trônes que j'ai vu tomber (Around the thrones that I saw fall) which also constitute a testimony on the life of the European courts.

Prince Philippe, her ex-husband, died in 1921.In complete destitution, Louise died, a year after her lover Mattachich, in 1924, at the age of 66, leaving her daughter Dorothea as her only surviving offspring, whom she no longer saw.

The major memory she leaves in Belgium is Avenue Louise which bears her name in Brussels.


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