|Count of Flanders|
|Born||24 March 1837|
Royal Castle of Laeken, Laeken, Belgium
|Died||17 November 1905 (aged 68)|
Palace of the Count of Flanders, Brussels, Belgium
|Spouse||Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen|
Princess Joséphine Marie
Princess Joséphine Caroline
Albert I of Belgium
|House||Saxe-Coburg and Gotha|
|Father||Leopold I of Belgium|
|Royal styles of|
Philippe of Belgium,
Count of Flanders
|Reference style||His Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders (24 March 1837 – 17 November 1905) was the third born (but second surviving) son of Leopold I, King of the Belgians and his wife Louise d'Orléans (1812–1850). He was born at the Château de Laeken, near Brussels, Belgium.
In 1866, after the abdication of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Prince of Romania, he refused being named the new Romanian sovereign, and the throne was later accepted by Carol I. Earlier, Philippe had also refused the crown of Greece, which was offered to him in 1862.
Marriage and issue
On 25 April 1867 at St. Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin, he married Marie Luise Alexandra Caroline, Princess of Hohenzollern, (1845–1912), daughter of Karl Anton von Hohenzollern (1811–1885) and his wife Josephine of Baden (1813–1900).
Their children were:
- Prince Baudouin of Belgium (3 June 1869 – 23 January 1891) he died of influenza at the age of 21.
- Princess Henriette of Belgium (30 November 1870 – 28 March 1948) she is the twin Princess Joséphine Marie of Belgium. She married Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme on 12 February 1896. They have four children.
- Princess Joséphine Marie of Belgium ((30 November 1870 – 18 January 1871) she died at one month.
- Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium (18 October 1872 – 6 January 1958) she married Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern on 28 May 1894. They have four children.
- King Albert I of the Belgians (8 April 1875 – 17 February 1934) he married Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria on 2 October 1900. They have three children.
He received the following decorations and awards:
- Royal Order of Leopold, Grand Cordon, 1855.
- Austrian Empire: Order of St. Stephen of Hungary, Grand Cross, 1857.
- Kingdom of Bavaria: Order of St. Hubert, Knight
- Empire of Brazil: Order of the Southern Cross, Grand Cross
- Denmark: Order of the Elephant, Knight, 1 November 1875.
- Ernestine duchies: Saxe-Ernestine House Order, Grand Cross
- France: Legion of Honour, Grand Cross
- Holy See: Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Grand Cross
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion.
- Netherlands: Order of the Netherlands Lion, Grand Cross
- Ottoman Empire: Osmanieh Order, 1st Class
- Kingdom of Portugal: Order of the Tower and Sword, Grand Cross, 1872.
- Kingdom of Prussia:
- Kingdom of Romania: Order of the Star of Romania, Grand Cross
- Russian Empire:
- Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Order of the White Falcon, Grand Cross
- Kingdom of Saxony: Order of the Rue Crown, Knight
- Württemberg: Order of the Württemberg Crown, Grand Cross
|Ancestors of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders|
- Almanach royal de Belgique: Classé Et Mis En Ordre Par H. Tarlier
- Keith Hitchins (1994). Rumania, 1866–1947. Oxford University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-19-822126-6.
- Carol I of Romania was the brother in law of Philippe, count of Flanders.
- A. Manceaux, Imprimeur-Libraire, ed. (1905). Almanach de poche de Bruxelles et de ses faubourgs (in French). Brussels. p. 8.
- "A Szent István Rend tagjai" Archived 22 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- Justus Perthes, Almanach de Gotha 1905 (1905) page 19
- Jørgen Pedersen (2009). Riddere af Elefantordenen, 1559–2009 (in Danish). Syddansk Universitetsforlag. p. 463. ISBN 978-87-7674-434-2.
- Almanach royal officiel de Belgique. Librairie polytechnique De Decq. 1870. p. 17.
- "Grand Crosses of the Order of the Tower and Sword". geneall.net. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
- "Toison Espagnole (Spanish Fleece) – 19th century" (in French), Chevaliers de la Toison D'or. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- Sveriges och Norges statskalender. Liberförlag. 1874. pp. 468, 703.
- Weintraub, Stanley, Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert, The Free Press, New York, 1997, p. 458.
- Willis, Daniel (also known as Daniel A. Brewer-Ward), The Descendants of Louis XIII, Clearfield Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1999, ISBN 0-8063-4942-5, p. 99.
- NEXUS Jan/Feb 1998, Vol. XV, No. 1, p. 32.
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Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
Cadet branch of the House of WettinBorn: 24 March 1837 Died: 17 November 1905
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Charles of Belgium