Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium

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Princess Joséphine Caroline
Born(1872-10-18)18 October 1872
Brussels, Belgium
Died6 January 1958(1958-01-06) (aged 85)
Namur, Belgium
SpousePrince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern
IssuePrincess Stephanie
Princess Marie Antoinette
Prince Albrecht
Princess Henriette
Full name
French: Joséphine Caroline Marie Albertine
Dutch: Josephine Caroline Maria Albertina
HouseSaxe-Coburg and Gotha
FatherPrince Philippe, Count of Flanders
MotherPrincess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium (18 October 1872 – 6 January 1958) was the youngest daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. She was an older sister of Albert I of Belgium.


Belgian Royalty
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
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Leopold I
Leopold II
Albert I
Leopold III
Albert II

Joséphine Caroline married her maternal first cousin Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen on 28 May 1894 in Brussels. He was the youngest son of her mother's oldest brother. Their relationship was described as a happy one. They lived in Namedy Castle on the Rhine which they had purchased in 1909. During World War I, she made her home a military hospital for wounded soldiers while her husband served as a Prussian lieutenant general. Exhausted from years of warfare, he died shortly after his return to Namedy in 1919, at age 51. In 1936, Joséphine Caroline entered a Benedictine convent in Namur, taking the name of Sister Marie-Josephine, and remained a nun for the rest of her life. She is buried in the Couvent des Soeurs de Notre-Dame (Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady) in Namur.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 28 May 1894 in Brussels, she married her maternal first cousin Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, later simply of Hohenzollern (Sigmaringen, 1 September 1868 - Namedy, 21 February 1919), third son of Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, later simply of Hohenzollern and Infanta Antónia of Portugal. They had the following children;

  • Princess Stephanie Josephine Karola Philippine Leopoldine Marie of Hohenzollern (Potsdam, 8 April 1895 – Dießen am Ammersee, 7 August 1975) she married Joseph Ernst, Count of Glött on 18 May 1920 and they were divorced on 25 May 1943.
  • Princess Marie Antoinette Wilhelmine Auguste Viktoria of Hohenzollern (Potsdam, 23 October 1896 – Bolzano, 4 July 1965) she married Baron Egon Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich on 27 November 1924. They had four children:
    • Baroness Veronika Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich (15 August 1926 – 13 August 1942) she died at the age of fifteen.
    • Baroness Stephanie Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich (17 December 1930) she married Josef von Zallinger-Stillendorf on 27 November 1950. They have four children.
    • Baroness Elisabeth Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich (15 May 1932) she married Bernhard Baron von Hohenbuhel gennant Heufler of Rasen on 9 August 1954. They have six children.
    • Baron Carl Josef Eyrl von und zu Waldgries und Liebenaich (19 January 1935) he married Countess Isabelle Ceschi a Santa Croce on 12 April 1975. They have four children.
  • Prince Albrecht Ludwig Leopold Tassilo of Hohenzollern (Potsdam, 28 September 1898 – Bühl, 30 July 1977) he married Ilse Margot von Friedeburg on 19 May 1921. They had five children:
    • Princess Josephine Wilhelma of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Namedy, 15 February 1922 – Andernach, 11 July 2006)
    • Princess Luise-Dorothea of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Namedy, 9 February 1924 – Bad Kreuznach, 11 November 1988) she married Egbert Count of Plettenberg on 11 June 1947. They have seven children.
    • Princess Rose-Margarethe of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Namedy, 19 February 1930 – Neuss, 16 February 2005) she married Edgar Pfersdorf on 15 September 1955. They have four children.
    • Princess Maria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Namedy, 1 April 1935 – Namedy, 1 April 1935) she died at one day old.
    • Prince Godehard-Friedrich of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Koblenz, 17 April 1939 – Namedy, 21 May 2001) he married Heide Hansen on 29 August 1971. They have two children.
  • Princess Henriette Leopoldine Wilhelmine of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (29 September 1907 – 3 October 1907) she died at four days old.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 18 October 1872 – 28 May 1894: Her Royal Highness Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Saxony
  • 28 May 1894 – 6 January 1958: Her Royal Highness Princess Karl Anton of Hohenzollern, Princess of Belgium, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Saxony




  1. ^ Nieuws Van Den Dag (Het) 02-10-1900