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Marengo 08-31-2007 09:51 AM

Queen Marie-Henriette of The Belgians (1836-1902)
Queen Marie-Henriette (1836-1902)

This thread is about Queen Marie-Henriette of The Belgians, born Princess Imperial & Archduchess of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary & Bohemia (Budapest 23 Aug 1836-Spa 20 Sept 1902)

Parents: Archduke Joseph of Austria, Palatine of Hungary and Duchess Maria-Dorothea of Wurttemberg

Husband: King Leopold II of The Belgians

Children: Duchess Louise of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Crownprince Leopold of Belgium, Crownprincess Stephanie of Austria, Princess Clementine Napoleon

Siblings: Archduchess Franziska and Archduke Alexander of Austria, Archduchess Elisabeth of Ausria-Este and Archduke Karl-Ludwig of Austria

Half-siblings: Archduchess Alexandrine, Archduchess Hermine and Archduke Stephen of Austria.

Note that all pictures posted by me are free from copyrights. They were found randomly on various sites.

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:38 AM

In 1853 Marie-Henriette has to marry Crownprince Leopold of the belgians. It is a purely political match as the Belgians saw this marriage as a way to ensure that they wonīt be invaded by Napoleon III. The marriage would become extremely unhappy, especially because Leopold II was a cruel man. The Queen however doesnīt say much about it but when the King spends more and more time the Queen retreats to Spa, where she dies in 1902.

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:38 AM

This is what Queen Victoria wrote of her in 1858 (5 years after she had married Leopold):

"[She] looking very pretty and is I think very sensible about herself and the child - but she is becoming very reserved and though I think there is no real love or affection between them - she never allows a word to be said against Leopold who in revanche is much kinder to her than he was and always praises her now."

After the death of her son, Queen Victoria described her as having 'wonderful strength of mind and great faith' ...She must have had to put up with being married to Leopold!!

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:39 AM

Here a Winterhaller portrait of Queen Marie-Henriette, or Queen Maria-Hendrika as the Flemish tend to call her. Does anybody know where the painitng is now?

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:44 AM

Her only son, Leopold, dies at the age of 9. He fell in a pond in the gardens of Laeken Castle and died of the amnesia that followed. After this she has to return to the bed of the King. Their short-lived reconsiliation results in another daughter: Clementine. After this the King didnīt hide his contempt for his wife while Marie-Henriette grew more and more cold and distant.

A picture of Marie-Henriette and her son:

I am not aware how the relations with her daughter were but I reacall that her eldest daughter Princess Louise didnīt have many nice things to say.

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:47 AM

Though Marie-Henriette preferred the company of horses and dogs, she did care for others. So was she sent to Miramar, to bring Carlota back to Belgium. She was very kind and took responsibility for her. and spent as much time with her as posible. After Carlota ws restored to health Marie Henriette, wrote a friend and said "You cannot imagine how beautiful she is now, never so beautiful before". She was as kind as her husband was brutal. She must have had a sad life with him.

Marie-Henriette and Carlota on a churchwindow:

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:54 AM

Some more pictures:

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:56 AM

A few paintings:

Marengo 09-01-2007 08:57 AM

A few more:

Marengo 09-01-2007 09:01 AM

More pictures of Marie-Henriette:

Marengo 09-01-2007 09:04 AM

Her father, Archduke Joseph:

Marengo 09-01-2007 09:05 AM

Her mother, Duchess Maria-Dorothea of Wurttemberg:

Marengo 09-01-2007 09:07 AM

A sketch: ..................................Maria-Hendrika leaving a parc, Brussels

Marengo 09-01-2007 09:11 AM

Mia Kerckevoorde wrote this book about Queen Marie-Henriette. The biography is available in Dutch and French.

ChantalC 09-04-2007 07:09 PM

Hello to all,

Is there any books about Queen Marie-Henriette of the Belgians in English?

Chantal Clement:heart:

ChantalC 09-16-2007 01:40 AM


I don't mean to be rude to say this but I made a post above which I asked if there is a book about Queen Maire-Henriette of the Belgians in English? She sounds interesting. It seems that no one answer my question. Hope someone will answer my question.:smile:

Chantal Clement. ;)

elisabetteke 09-16-2007 04:59 AM

hey Chantal Clement,

I did some searching on google and I did not find any books about her. But maybe there are books about her but I never heard about it.


Marengo 09-17-2007 05:30 AM

I can't recall an english book about Marie-Henriette either. there is the one of Mia kerckehove but that is only available in French and Dutch. The next best thing would probably be to read 'The Coburgs of Belgium' by Theo Aronson. It is an overview of the Belgian monarchy, but with a lot of focus on leopold II and his wife & daughters. You can find a JSTOR review of the book here.

ChantalC 09-21-2007 02:11 AM

Hi Marengo and Elisabetteke

Thank you for your help..:smile: I wish there is a book about Queen Marie-Henriette in English. Although, I don't read French or Dutch. You both tried your best to find it in English. ;) Hope it will be in English one day!:flowers:


gogm 12-27-2007 11:11 PM

Pics of Marie-Henriette
Here is a link to one that may have more detail... .

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