Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant
|Duke of Brabant|
|Prince Leopold by Winterhalter|
|Léopold Ferdinand Élie Victor Albert Marie|
|House||House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha|
|Father||Leopold II of Belgium|
|Mother||Archduchess Marie Henriette of Austria|
12 June 1859|
Laeken Palace, Laeken, Belgium
|Died||22 January 1869
Laeken Palace, Laeken, Belgium
|Burial||Church of Our Lady of Laeken, Laeken, Belgium|
Prince Leopold of Belgium, Duke of Brabant, Count of Hainaut (Léopold Ferdinand Élie Victor Albert Marie (French) or Leopold Ferdinand Elias Victor Albert Marie (Dutch); 12 June 1859 in Laeken – 22 January 1869 in Laeken or Brussels), was the second child and only son and heir apparent of Leopold II of Belgium and his wife, Archduchess Marie Henriette of Austria.
At birth, Leopold was styled Count of Hainaut, as the eldest son of the then crown prince. At the time of his birth, his grandfather, Leopold I of Belgium, formerly a Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was the reigning king of Belgium.
Upon the death of his grandfather and the ascension of his father to the throne in 1865, young Leopold became Duke of Brabant, the title for the heir-apparent to the Belgian throne. As heir-apparent, he was expected to eventually succeed his father as King Leopold III of the Belgians.
Leopold died at Laeken or Brussels on 22 January 1869 from pneumonia, after falling into a pond. At his son's funeral, Leopold II, for the only time in his life, "broke down in public, collapsing to his knees beside the coffin and sobbing uncontrollably."1 Leopold's body was interred at the royal vault at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken in Brussels.
Leopold's premature death left his father with only two daughters remaining: Princess Louise-Marie and Princess Stéphanie. After their son's death, Leopold and Marie Henriette tried to have another child, hoping for a son. After the birth of yet another daughter, Clémentine, in 1872, the couple abandoned all hopes of ever having another son.
- 12 June 1859 – 10 December 1865: His Royal Highness The Count of Hainaut, Prince of Belgium, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke in Saxony
- 10 December 1865 – 22 January 1869 : His Royal Highness The Duke of Brabant, Prince of Belgium, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke in Saxony
Louise-Marie's ancestors in four generations
- Hochschild, Adam (1999). King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. USA: Mariner Books. ISBN 0-618-00190-5.
Prince Leopold, Duke of BrabantBorn: 12 June 1859 Died: 22 January 1869
|Count of Hainaut
Title next held byBaudouin
|Duke of Brabant
Title next held byLeopold III
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