Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
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Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders

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-Sigmaringen
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

Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders (24 March 1837 - 17 November 1905) was the third born and second surviving son of Leopold I, King of the Belgians and his wife Louise d'Orléans (1812-1850).

Born at the Château de Laeken, near Brussels, Belgium, he was created Count of Flanders on 14 December 1840. Upon the death of his nephew, Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant, Philippe became heir presumptive to the Belgian throne, from 1869 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.[1][2] Earlier, Philippe had also refused the crown of Greece, which was offered to him in 1862.

Marriage and issue

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. He was succeeded as heir presumptive to the throne by his son, Albert.


He received the following decorations and awards:[3]





  1. ^ Keith Hitchins (1994). Rumania, 1866-1947. Oxford University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-19-822126-6.
  2. ^ Carol I of Romania was the brother in law of Philippe, count of Flanders.
  3. ^ A. Manceaux, Imprimeur-Libraire, ed. (1905). Almanach de poche de Bruxelles et de ses faubourgs (in French). Brussels. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Liste des Membres de l'Ordre de Léopold", Almanach Royal Officiel (in French), 1863, p. 51 – via Archives de Bruxelles
  5. ^ Hof- und Staats-Handbuch für des Herzogtum Anhalt (1883), "Herzoglicher Haus-Orden Albrecht des Bären" p. 16
  6. ^ "A Szent István Rend tagjai" Archived 22 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Hof- und Staats-Handbuch des Großherzogtum Baden (1865), "Großherzogliche Orden" p. 55
  8. ^ Jørgen Pedersen (2009). Riddere af Elefantordenen, 1559-2009 (in Danish). Syddansk Universitetsforlag. p. 463. ISBN 978-87-7674-434-2.
  9. ^ Staatshandbücher für das Herzogtums Sachsen-Altenburg (1869), "Herzogliche Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden" p. 17
  10. ^ Almanach royal officiel de Belgique. Librairie polytechnique De Decq. 1870. p. 17.
  11. ^ a b c Justus Perthes, Almanach de Gotha 1905 (1905) page 19
  12. ^ ? (2017). (PDF) (in Japanese). ?. p. 149.
  13. ^ Bragança, Jose Vicente de (2014). "Agraciamentos Portugueses Aos Príncipes da Casa Saxe-Coburgo-Gota" [Portuguese Honours awarded to Princes of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha]. Pro Phalaris (in Portuguese). 9-10: 10. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ Staatshandbuch für das Großherzogtum Sachsen / Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. "Großherzogliche Hausorden" p. 13. Weimar: Böhlau, 1859.
  15. ^ Staatshandbuch für den Freistaat Sachsen (1867) (in German), "Königliche Ritter-Orden", p. 4
  16. ^ "Real y distinguida orden de Carlos III". Guía Oficial de España (in Spanish): 179. 1904. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Caballeros de la insigne orden del toisón de oro". Guía Oficial de España (in Spanish): 172. 1904. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ Sveriges och Norges statskalender. Liberförlag. 1874. pp. 468, 703.
  19. ^ Hof- und Staats-Handbuch des Königreich Württemberg (1907), "Königliche Orden" p. 27


  • 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

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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

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