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Louise of Orléans

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Louise of Orléans
Queen of the Belgians
Portrait bi Winterhalter, 1841
Reign9 August 1832 – 11 October 1850
Born(1812-04-03)3 April 1812
Palazzo d'Orléans, Palermo, Sicily
Died11 October 1850(1850-10-11) (aged 38)
Ostend, Belgium
SpouseLeopold I of Belgium
IssueLouis Philippe, Crown Prince of Belgium
Leopold II of Belgium
Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Charlotte, Empress of Mexico
Full name
Louise Marie Thérèse Charlotte Isabelle d'Orléans
HouseOrléans (birth)
FatherLouis Philippe I
MotherMarie Amélie of Naples
ReligionRoman Catholic
SignatureLouise of Orléans's signature

Princess Louise of Orléans (Louise Marie Thérèse Charlotte Isabelle; 3 Aprile 1812 - 11 October 1850) was the eldest daughter o King Louis Philippe I of the French and from August 1832 the second wife of Leopold I of Belgium, himself the first King of the Belgians. She was also the mother of the future Keeng Leopold II of Belgium, who is known to history for his exploitation of the Belgian Congo. Her future husband was an uncle of the future Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. Louise's mother was also a niece of Marie Antoinette.

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  1. Louis Philippe, Crown Prince of Belgium (24 July 1833 – 16 May 1834) died young.
  2. Leopold II of the Belgians (9 April 1835 – 17 December 1909) married Marie Henriette of Austria and had children.
  3. Prince Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders (24 March 1837 – 17 November 1905) married Princess Marie of Hohenzollern and had children. .
  4. Princess Charlotte of Belgium, (7 June 1840 – 19 January 1927) married Maximilian I of Mexico, no children.

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