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Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders

Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders (24 March 1837 – 17 November 1905) was the third born (but second surviving) son of Leopold I, King of the Belgians and his wife Louise d'Orléans (1812–1850). He was born at the Château de Laeken, near Brussels, Belgium.

Prince Philippe
Count of Flanders
Conde de Flandes.jpg
Born(1837-03-24)24 March 1837
Royal Castle of Laeken, Laeken, Belgium
Died17 November 1905(1905-11-17) (aged 68)
Palace of the Count of Flanders, Brussels, Belgium
SpousePrincess Marie of Hohenzollern
IssuePrince Baudouin
Princess Henriette
Princess Joséphine Marie
Princess Joséphine Caroline
Albert I of Belgium
Full name
French: Philippe Eugène Ferdinand Marie Clément Baudouin Léopold Georges
Dutch: Filips Eugeen Ferdinand Marie Clemens Boudewijn Leopold Joris
HouseSaxe-Coburg and Gotha
FatherLeopold I of Belgium
MotherLouise d'Orléans
ReligionRoman Catholic
Royal styles of
Philippe of Belgium,
Count of Flanders
Coat of Arms of the Count of Flanders (1837-1909).svg
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleSir

He was created Count of Flanders on 14 December 1840, and on his 18th birthday in 1855 he received the Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold.[1]

He was the heir presumptive to the Belgian throne, from 1869 (upon the death of his nephew) until his own death in 1905.

In 1866, after the abdication of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Prince of Romania, he refused being named the new Romanian sovereign, and the throne was later accepted by Carol I.[2][3] Earlier, Philippe had also refused the crown of Greece, which was offered to him in 1862.


Marriage and issueEdit

On 25 April 1867 at St. Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin, he married Marie Luise Alexandra Caroline, Princess of Hohenzollern, (1845–1912), daughter of Karl Anton von Hohenzollern (1811–1885) and his wife Josephine of Baden (1813–1900).

Their children were:

He died in his residence the Palace of the Count of Flanders, and is buried at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken.





  1. ^ Almanach royal de Belgique: Classé Et Mis En Ordre Par H. Tarlier
  2. ^ Keith Hitchins (1994). Rumania, 1866–1947. Oxford University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-19-822126-6.
  3. ^ Carol I of Romania was the brother in law of Philippe, count of Flanders.
  4. ^ a b Almanach royal officiel: 1877. 1877. p. 14.
  5. ^ "A Szent István Rend tagjai" Archived 22 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Justus Perthes, Almanach de Gotha 1905 (1905) page 19
  7. ^ Jørgen Pedersen (2009). Riddere af Elefantordenen, 1559–2009 (in Danish). Syddansk Universitetsforlag. p. 463. ISBN 978-87-7674-434-2.
  8. ^ Almanach royal officiel de Belgique. Librairie polytechnique De Decq. 1870. p. 17.
  9. ^ "Grand Crosses of the Order of the Tower and Sword". Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Toison Espagnole (Spanish Fleece) – 19th century" (in French), Chevaliers de la Toison D'or. Retrieved 7 August 2018.


  • Weintraub, Stanley, Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert, The Free Press, New York, 1997, p. 458.
  • Willis, Daniel (also known as Daniel A. Brewer-Ward), The Descendants of Louis XIII, Clearfield Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1999, ISBN 0-8063-4942-5, p. 99.
  • NEXUS Jan/Feb 1998, Vol. XV, No. 1, p. 32.


Damien Bilteryst, Philippe Comte de Flandre, Frère de Léopold II, Bruxelles, Editions Racine, juin 2014, 336 p. ISBN 978-2-87386-894-9

External linksEdit

Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 24 March 1837 Died: 17 November 1905
Belgian royalty
New title Count of Flanders
14 December 1840 – 17 November 1905
Succeeded by
Charles of Belgium