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Old 12-14-2012, 01:37 PM
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The castle is really beautiful. I like the fact that it is surrounded by water... It gives it a special charm
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:31 AM
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I hope it's okay that I've taken the liberty of starting a thread on Stephanie's family. Her sister-in-law Beatrice Spates - wife of her eldest brother Jehan - has a varied lineage. She was born in 1968 in Washington DC to Alfred Waters Spates of Maryland USA and Belgian aristocrat Marie Renée Kneppelhout van Sterkenberg.
If I am not mistaken, the Belgian noble title in Beatrice Spates's family was carried by her maternal grandmother, Countess Madeleine du Chastel de la Howarderie, who married Cornelius Kneppelhout van Sterkenburg (not Sterkenberg), a Dutch man. The Kneppelhout van Sterkenburg family does not belong to the Belgian aristocracy, although some of its members may have carried the title of Jonkheer (Esquire) in the Netherlands.
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Thanks for that info, claypoint2. I always think of "aristocrat" as being a more fluid term, to describe a high-bred, highly-placed person with nobility/gentry in their family tree, and that one can be an aristocrat without being a noble. However, I know that's probably more of a personal interpretation.

Regardless, I'm glad someone's contributed to this interesting topic.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:11 AM
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The Knepelhout van Sterkenburg family at least belongs to the Dutch patriciate. In the Netherlands the difference between the nobility and the patriciate isn't all that large and the two usually intermarried. The Knepelhourts married into well known families like the Beelaerts van Bloklands and the Rijckevorsels.

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BTW Stephanie's sister-in-law Jkvr. Alice van Havre is somewhat related to Queen Mathilde. Her uncle Jhr. Roland van Havre married Jkvr. Marie-Madeleine Kervyn d' Oud Mooreghem. After she became a widow, Marie-Madeleine married Count Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz, eldest brother of Mathilde's father Patrick.
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Stephanie has become an aunt again. Her brother Christian and his wife Luisa got parents of her third child, Jaques at Stephanie's birthday.
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