Eugène, VIII. prince de Ligne

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About Eugène, VIII. prince de Ligne

  • English Translation
  • Family
  • Born in Brussels as Eugène-François-Charles-Lamoral (Dutch: French Eugène Charles Lamoraal), he was the son of Prince Louis-Eugene de Ligne (1766-1813) and Countess Louisa van der Noot de Duras (1785-1863) . Thus, he belonged to an old, influential noble family. Through his grandmother on his father's side he was connected with the sovereign princes of Liechtenstein. His father was the second son of Charles Joseph de Ligne and died, like his older brother, Charles-Antoine de Ligne (1752-1792) before his father.
  • The Ligne had a younger brother and sister who both died at a young age.

Prince de Ligne

  • In 1814 he inherited the titles and a large part of the possessions of his grandfather, Prince Charles-Joseph de Ligne. His father was a year ago already deceased at the age of 47. He thus became Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire, Prince of Amblise and Epinoy grande of Spain and first class.


The Ligne married three times:

  • on May 12, 1823 with Marie-Melanie de Conflans (1802-1833), of whom two sons
  • on 28 July 1834-Nathalie de Trazegnies Charlotte (1811-1835), daughter of the convinced Orangist, Marquis Georges de Trazegnies (1762-1849), of whom one daughter
  • on 28 October 1836 Hedwige-Julie Wanda, Princess Lubomirska (1815-1895), of whom two sons and two daughters.
  • Three sons made for posterity. Heir was his grandson Louis de Ligne (1854-1918), son of his eldest son Henri de Ligne (1824-1871).

References to the United Kingdom

  • Already on 13 August 1816 Eugene de Ligne in the nobility of the province of Brabant, which is something immediately implied recognition of his noble status and his princely titles, for him and all his descendants.
  • On 18 August 1830, this appointment decision and revoked the registration on the official list nobility removed as it without asking permission, chamberlain of the Austrian Emperor had become. This decision was not published in Belgium and therefore not legally held.
  • This did not prevent him in 1830 to those who belonged to the unity of the United Kingdom wanted to preserve. He belonged to one of the delegations about the Prince of Orange went to feed discussions. With the formation of the new Belgian state, he had nothing to do. It is a legend that he would be offered to the Belgian throne, and more for this candidate that he would have been.
  • He kept the Dutch monarchy faith and was in 1834, the first among the notable Belgians at a subscription attended to the horses of the Prince of Orange, who is still at the stud in Tervuren found to purchase as a result of their public sale. He got himself this popular anger at the neck and in Brussels his residence was ransacked. Course of action he withdrew in Vienna.

After the Belgian independence

  • In 1837 he devoted himself to the fact of Belgian independence down, returned and then went through a brilliant career. In 1838 he represented Belgium at the coronation of Queen Victoria.
  • From 1842 to 1848 he was ambassador in Paris, and in 1848-1849 at the Holy See and the other Italian States. From 1849 he was a member of the Belgian Senate, which he chaired from 1852 to 1878. In 1856 he represented the country at the coronation of Tsar Alexander II.
  • He belonged to the Liberal party in the Supreme Assembly. When this party aanbond struggle with Catholic education, and Minister Pierre Van Humbeeck the law on primary education did approve, he could not bite and why he left politics.
  • In 1863 de Ligne was appointed Minister of State.


  • Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece - Spanish Branch
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Eugène, VIII. prince de Ligne's Timeline

January 28, 1804
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
October 16, 1824
Age 20
Paris, Seine, France
March 2, 1827
Age 23
May 31, 1835
Age 31
November 17, 1837
Age 33
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
February 7, 1839
Age 35
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
April 15, 1840
Age 36