Marie Joseph Charles, 6th Duke d'Ursel

Charles Joseph Marie,[1] 6th Duke d'Ursel (Brussels, July 3, 1848 – Strombeek-Bever, November 15, 1903), was a Belgian politician.

The Duke of Ursel
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Portrait wearing the sash of the Order of Charles III by Emile Wauters, collection of the Belgian Senate, Brussels.
President of the Senate
In office
MonarchLeopold II
Succeeded byHenri, Count de Merode
Duke of Ursel
In office
Succeeded byRobert, 7th Duke d'Ursel
Personal details
Political partyCatholic Party


Joseph, Count d'Ursel was the second son of Léon, 5th Duke d'Ursel (1805–1878)[2] and his second wife, Henriette d'Harcourt. Joseph's elder brother died before inheriting the title, and Joseph became the 6th Duke of Ursel on the death of his father.

Antonine de Mun, Duchess d'UrselEdit

Antonine, dowager Duchess d'Ursel, painted by Philip Alexius de Laszlo

In 1872, Joseph married his niece, Antonine de Mun (1849–1931), daughter of the Marquess de Mun. She was a sister of Count Albert de Mun and born in Paris. In Belgium, she became a respected artist in aristocratic circles.

She studied in the atelier of Charles Joshua Chaplin and painted lots of portraits of family members and members of the Belgian Royal Family. A year before her death, she was honoured in her own right by the Belgian King: she was rewarded and became a Dame in the Order of Leopold. Recently, she was honoured with the production of an exclusive beer, the Cuvee Antonine, and the artworks on the bottle are of the duchess.[3][4]



He was a provincial councilor, then governor of the province of Hainaut (1878) and mayor of Hingene (1878–1903). He was Governor of Hainaut during the strikes of 1886. Impressed by these events, he became, like his brother-in-law Albert de Mun, more aware of social issues. He wrote a pamphlet in 1895, basing his ideas on Frederic Le Play.

When he reached the required age, he entered the Belgian Senate. He was the president of the Senate when he died prematurely.

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  2. ^ La noblesse belge (in French). 1895. p. 40.
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