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Princess Henriette of Belgium

Princess Henriette
Duchess of Vendôme
Spouse Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme
Issue Princess Marie Louise of Orléans
Princess Sophie of Orléans
Princess Geneviève of Orléans
Prince Charles Philippe of Orléans
Full name
French: Henriette Marie Charlotte Antoinette
Dutch: Henriëtte Marie Charlotte Antonia
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (by birth)
House of Orléans (by marriage)
Father Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Mother Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Born (1870-11-30)30 November 1870
Brussels, Belgium
Died 28 March 1948(1948-03-28) (aged 77)
Sierre, Valais, Switzerland
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature Princess Henriette of Belgium's signature

Princess Henriette Marie of Belgium (30 November 1870 – 28 March 1948), Duchess of Vendôme, was the daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. She was the younger twin sister of Princess Joséphine Marie of Belgium, who died at the age of six weeks in 1871.


Belgian Royalty
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Leopold I
Leopold II
Albert I
Leopold III
Albert II

She married in Brussels, Belgium on 12 February 1896 Prince Emmanuel of Orléans, 8th Duke of Vendôme (18 January 1872 Austria-Hungary – 1 February 1931 Cannes, France), He was a son of Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon, and Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, and was a great-grandson of King Louis-Philippe of France.

The couple had four children:

  • Princess Marie Louise (31 December 1897 – 8 March 1973); married Prince Philip of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
  • Princess Sophie Joséphine Louise Marie Immaculée Gabrielle Philippine Henriette d'Orléans (born 19 October 1898 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – died 9 October 1928 France), unmarried and without issue.
  • Princess Généviève d'Orléans (21 September 1901 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 1983 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), married Antoine Marie François de Chaponay-Morance, Marquis de Chaponay-Morance (30 January 1883 Paris, France - 9 September 1956 Rabat, Morocco), on July 2, 1923, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and had two children:
    • Pierre Emmanuel François Henri Baudoin de Chaponay-Morance was born January 24, 1925, in Paris, France, and died October 2, 1943, killed in action in the Gulf of Mexico. He was unmarried and without issue.
    • Henryanne Maria Pierre Emmanuelle Constance de Chaponay-Morance was born May 8, 1926, in Cannes, France, unmarried and without issue.
  • Prince Charles Philippe Emmanuel Ferdinand Louis Gérard Joseph Marie Ghislain Baudoin Christophe Raphaél Antoine Expédit Henri d'Orléans (4 April 1905 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 10 March 1970 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France), Duc de Nemours, de Vendôme et d'Alençon, married Marguerite Watson (12 Feb 1899 Richmond, Virginia - 27 Dec 1993) on September 24, 1928, in Paris, without issue.


Henriette was a great sportswoman, and was often considered the best shot among royal women.[1] On one occasion, she killed a stag that had already killed another, making her very popular in Belgian sporting circles. She even earned the sobriquet the "Sporting Duchess". In 1908, she accompanied her husband to the Rocky Mountains in the United States to shoot grizzly bears.[1]

She often did royal visits for her brother King Albert. In 1914 for instance, she visited a hospital in Neuilly that was treating American troops.[2] In two letters, Henriette and her sister-in-law Queen Elisabeth expressed their appreciation and asked for more support from the American Commission For Relief in Belgium, which had been giving donations to the Belgian people ever since the German invasion.[3]

Henriette Marie of Belgium died aged 77, on 28 March 1948, in Sierre, Valais, Switzerland.[4]


Henriette's ancestors in three generations
Henriette of Belgium Father:
Philip, Count of Flanders
Paternal grandfather:
Leopold I of Belgium
Paternal great-grandfather:
Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Paternal great-grandmother:
Augusta Reuss-Ebersdorf
Paternal grandmother:
Louise-Marie of France
Paternal great-grandfather:
Louis-Philippe of France
Paternal great-grandmother:
Maria Amalia of the Two Sicilies
Princess Marie of Hohenzollern
Maternal grandfather:
Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
Maternal great-grandfather:
Charles, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Maternal great-grandmother:
Marie Antoinette Murat
Maternal grandmother:
Josephine of Baden
Maternal great-grandfather:
Karl Ludwig Friedrich of Baden
Maternal great-grandmother:
Stéphanie de Beauharnais


  1. ^ a b "Leopold's Niece to Hunt Grizzlies", The New York Times (Berlin), 17 July 1908 
  2. ^ "Visit From King's Sister", The New York Times (Paris), 17 November 1914 
  3. ^ "'Send More Relief', Begs Belgian Queen", The New York Times (Brussels), 8 December 1914 
  4. ^ 19-20th Cent. Princess Henriette Marie of Belgium, Duchess of Vendôme.

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