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Prince of Ligne

Princely Family of Ligne

HRH The Dowager Princess

  • HH Prince Wauthier
    HH Princess Regine
    • HH Prince Philippe
      HH Princess Laetitia
      • HH Prince Jean Charles
    • HH Princess Melanie Yolande
    • HH Princess Élisabeth Éléonore, Baroness Baudouin Gillès de Pelichy
  • HH Princess Anne Marie, Mrs. Mortgat
  • HRH Princess Christine of Brazil
  • HH Princess Sophie, Comtesse Philippe de Nicolay
  • HH Prince Antoine
    HH Princess Jacqueline
    • HH Prince Louis
    • HH Princess Marie
    • HH Princess Florence
  • HH Princess Yolande, Mrs. Townsend

Prince of Ligne is a title of Belgian nobility that belongs to the House of Ligne, which goes back to the eleventh century. It owes its name to the village in which it originated, between Ath and Tournai. The lords of Ligne belonged to the entourage of the Count of Hainaut at the time of the Crusades.[1]

The Ligne family began a progressive rise in the nobility, first as barons in the twelfth century, then counts of Fauquemberg and princes of Épinoy in the sixteenth century. Lamoral I received the titles of Prince of Ligne and Prince of the Holy Roman Empire in the early seventeenth century from Emperor Rudolf II.


  • Baron de Ligne 1
  • Comte de Ligne 2
  • Prince de Ligne 3
  • Knight of the Golden Fleece 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Baron de Ligne

  • Michel III de Ligne, Baron de Ligne et de Brabançon (+1468)

Comte de Ligne

  • Jacques de Ligne, Comte de Ligne, Prince de Fauquemberg, Prince de Mortagne, Baron de Belœil (c. 1552)
  • Philippe de Ligne, Comte de Ligne et de Fauquemberg, Baron de Wassenaer et de Bailleul, Vicomte de Leiden (1533–1583)

Prince de Ligne

  1. Lamoral, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1563–1624)
  2. Albert Henri, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1615–1641)
  3. Claude Lamoral, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1618–1679)
  4. Henri Louis Ernest, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1644–1702)
  5. Antoine Joseph Ghislain, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1682–1750)
  6. Claude Lamoral, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1685–1766)
  7. Charles-Joseph, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1735–1814)
  8. Eugène, Prince of Ligne and of the Holy Roman Empire (1804–1880)
  9. Louis, Prince of Ligne (1854–1918)
  10. Ernest, Prince of Ligne (1857–1937)
  11. Eugène, Prince of Ligne (1893–1960)
  12. Baudouin, Prince of Ligne (1918–1985)
  13. Antoine, Prince of Ligne (1925–2005)
  14. Michel, Prince of Ligne (1951-)
  15. Heir: Henri (son of the Prince Michel)

Knight of the Golden Fleece

Many of the Princes de Ligne have also been Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The following list is of those Princes, along with their year of investiture:


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External links

  • Genealogy of the Princes of Ligne (euweb)
  • The
  • (French)
  • (French) Héraldique européenne
  • Online Gotha
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