This weekend a new tombstone has been laid on the grave of Charlotte of Nassau, Princess of Orange born De Bourbon-Vendôme (1546-1582)
. She was the third spouse of Willem I of Nassau, Prince of Orange. Charlotte was the fifth child and fourth daughter of Louis III de Bourbon-Vendôme, Duc de Montpensier, prince du sang
, and of Jacqueline de Longwy, Comtesse de Bar-sur-Seine.
On the 9th of May 1582 the Princess died due to pneumonia. A few days earlier there was a failed attempt to assassinate the Prince. According to stories the Princess would have hold the wounds of the Prince (he was shot through the cheek) closed with her hands, unstoppable, exhausting her and apparently leading to her death.
The original tombstone was removed during the contrareformation (the Catholics reconquering Antwerp): there was no place anymore for honours to "heretics" (Charlotte converted to protestantism) in the Cathedral of Antwerp. Now a new tombstone has been created to the memory of this "forgotten" Princess.
The Prince and Princess of Orange got 6 daughters:
Kurfürstin von der Pfalz, Pfalzgräfin bei Rhein née Nassau-Orange (1576−1644)
de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duchesse de Bouillon, Vicomtesse de Turenne née Nassau-Orange (1577−1642)
Gräfin von Hanau-Münzenberg née Nassau-Orange (1578–1648)
de Nassau-Orange (1579–1640), Abbesse de Sainte-Croix
de la Trémoïlle, Duchesse de Thouars, Princesse de Talmond et de Tarente née Nassau-Orange (1580–1631)
Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana
von Pfalz-Zweibrücken, Herzogin von Pfalz-Landsberg née Nassau-Orange (1581–1657)