Charlotte Amelie Augustine Victorie Clementine Leopoldine de Belgique, von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (Wettin, Ernestiner), Emperatriz consorte de México (1840 - 1927)

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Nicknames: "Carlota", "кралица", "Шарлота"
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Birthplace: Château de Laeken, Laeken, Bruxelles, Belgique
Death: Died in Meise, Brabant flamand, Belgique
Occupation: Мария-Шарлота Амелия Аугуста Виктоар Клементина Леополдина (1840-1927), съпруга на мексиканския император Максимилиан
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About Charlotte Amelie Augustine Victorie Clementine Leopoldine de Belgique, von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (Wettin, Ernestiner), Emperatriz consorte de México

  • Full name: Marie Charlotte Amélie Augustine Victoire Clémentine Léopoldine princess of Belgium
  • By marriage empress consort of Mexico
  • Without issues

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Carlota: Empress of Mexico

The saga of Maximilian and Carlota, Emperor and Empress of Mexico can carry you off to any foreign places. First, Maximilian was a brother of Franz Joseph (Austro-Hungarian Empire), born in Vienna, a beautiful, inviting city. His wife Carlota was the daughter of Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in what was then one of the Germanic states.

With Napoleon III, the nephew of Napoleon the Emperor of France, a new head of state for Mexico enabled France to get the large sums of money Mexico owed. Napoleon offered Maximilian the throne.

Maximilian was now caught in the middle of France’s misadventure in Mexico. It didn’t take long before the French appointee realized the impossible situation. He had also angered the Mexicans by ordering the execution of Juarez’ captured soldiers who fought the French. Rather than have his honor questioned he stayed in Mexico. His home was a palace in Mexico City’s Chapultapec Park. His autocratic air and extravagant banquets and Royal balls did nothing to aid the situation except to cause resentment. His wife decided to leave. She returned to face the French Emperor and plead her husband’s case.

He refused to help so Carlota traveled to Rome to submit her request to the Pope. Nothing helped and Carlotta did not trust Eugenie, Napoleon III’s wife thinking she might try to poison her.

She struggled valiantly but failed to save her husband. During this time Maximilian went to Queretaro to meet Benito Juarez’s army. He was captured and tried. Appeals for clemency failed. 

He was executed by a seven man firing squad at the top of a hill in 

The end came for Maximilian on June 1867. His last words were, ”Long live Mexico! Long live independence!

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Carlota, Empress consort of Mexico's Timeline

1840
June 7, 1840
Laeken, Bruxelles, Belgique
1857
July 27, 1857
Age 17
Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
1927
January 19, 1927
Age 86
Meise, Brabant flamand, Belgique
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Laeken, Bruxelles, Belgique