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In 2016 a new movie about William of Orange will be in the cinemas. The prince will be played by actor Barry Atsma:

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William the Silent is a highly interesting figure,looking forward to this project.
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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:

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Louise Juliana Kurfürstin von der Pfalz, Pfalzgräfin bei Rhein née Nassau-Orange (1576−1644)

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Elisabeth Flandrica de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duchesse de Bouillon, Vicomtesse de Turenne née Nassau-Orange (1577−1642)

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Catharina Belgica Gräfin von Hanau-Münzenberg née Nassau-Orange (1578–1648)

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Charlotte Flandrina de Nassau-Orange (1579–1640), Abbesse de Sainte-Croix

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Charlotte Brabantina de la Trémoïlle, Duchesse de Thouars, Princesse de Talmond et de Tarente née Nassau-Orange (1580–1631)

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Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana von Pfalz-Zweibrücken, Herzogin von Pfalz-Landsberg née Nassau-Orange (1581–1657)
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Charlotte of Bourbon's secret conversion to Calvinism caused a major scandal at the time as she was Abbess of a convent (Which she later escaped from).

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What I like is that in the Ye Olde Medieaeval Dutch on her tombstone Charlotte de Bourbon-Vendôme, daughter of a prince-du-sang and married to a Sovereign Prince is just referred as "Housewife"....

CHARLOTTE DE BOURBON
1546 - 1482

HOUSEWIFE OF
WILLEM OF ORANGE

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in the blossoming of her years
Charlotte de Bourbon
legal housewife of Nassau
a fruitful tendril,
loyal unto death,
mannered of morals,
her presence was so sweet,
sweet as heaven's dew
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