Originally Posted by maria-olivia
Comparing Diana is this thread has nothing to do with.
Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte should have been delighted with the de Lannoy wedding.
I agree. To illustrate how high the standing of the De Lannoy family was, already in mediaeval times, with the following members being Knights of the most prestigious Order of all, the Golden Fleece:
- Hugues de Lannoy (1384-1456), Lord of Santes
- Guilbert de Lannoy (1386-1462), Lord of Villerval and of Tronchiennes
- Baudouin de Lannoy (1388-1474), Lord of Molembaix
- Jean III de Lannoy (1410-1493), stadtholder of Holland and Zealand
- Baudouin II de Lannoy (1436-1501), Lord of Molembaix, of Solre and of Tourcoing
- Pierre de Lannoy (1445-1510), Lord of Fresnoy, Grand Chamberlain of Emperor Maximilian of Austria
- Charles de Lannoy (1482-1527), Lord of Senzeille, Prince of Sulmona, Count of Asti
- Philippe I de Lannoy (1487-1543), Lord of Molembaix and of Tourcoing, Anserœul and Solre
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Taking in mind that the Order was restricted to a limited number of knights, initially 24 but increased to 30 until 1516, already 8 De Lannoys having designated with this most prestigious Order, before 1500, it shows how respected the family De Lannoy already was, more than 500 years ago.
Another illustrative example: in 1551 Willem I of Nassau, Prince of Orange (the founder of the Netherlands) married with Anne d'Egmont, Countess of Buren, the sole heiress of her immensely rich father, Maximilien d'Egmont and her most noble mother Françoise de Lannoy. So William of Orange had a De Lannoy as his mother-in-law.
461 years after that another Nassau married a De Lannoy. Maria Olivia is right: Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, born a Princess of Belgium, would be most delighted with a De Lannoy, belonging to the most respected noble families in the Low Countries.