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Old 08-12-2014, 05:24 PM
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Indeed the rules of the Code Napoleon [as regards equal inheritance between all children upon death of a parent] have ensured the tragic dispersal of estates and collections of all kinds throughout the countries he invaded in Europe .. Fortunately he never made it to Britain where Primogeniture [inheritance of the eldest son] ensured the preservation of great houses and collections [at least until the dreaded 'Death Duty' taxes began to take their toll...]
Thankfully most estates and collections are now held 'in trust' for future generations thus reducing the destructive effects of these taxes, and individuals are free [in Britain] to leave their property to whom they chose, rather than have it ordered according to the dictates of the state.
At the other hand the Code Napoléon ensures that neither the widow nor the younger children are left in poverty, which quite often happened. Look at Belgium: King Leopold II became so estranged with his daughters that he disinherited them all. His maîtresses Cléopâtre-Diane de Mérode and Blanche Delacroix ("Baroness de Vaughan") were overloaded with the most amazing and expensive gifts imagineable. So the continental system that all children have an equal right on a share and that the surviving spouse is always left the usufruct for life was not a too bad idea from Napoléon....
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:47 AM
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We should have had more jewels if we remained from the main Branch and not from the the King's brother the Count of Flanders.
Leopold Ii had a son who could be Leopold III , but he died at 10 years old
Only Princess Clémentine , Princess Napoléon , kept her jewels.
Princess Louise jewels , sold . Princess Stephanie jewels stolen, Empress Charlotte jewels partly stolen , Countess of Flandres partly stolen also.....
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:02 AM
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That is absolutely true, the Belgian collection could have been one of the grandest in the world. The "problem" is that twice the direct line ended, making a sidestep (King Leopold II having no own successors, King Baudouin having no own successors) and with an abdicated, re-married King Leopold III being estranged to his own children.

When King Leopold II would have established a "Crown Collection" or a family foundation for the jewels then his fantastic collection would still have been in Belgian hands.
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:08 AM
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I agree totally with you and like your posts ! Bravo MO
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H.M.Queen Mathilde wearing a very large pair of floral earring at the Autumn Concert,personally I find them gaudy and too large.

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium assist the Autumn Concert... News Photo 457267654 | Getty Images
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