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Princess of Belgium Louise

Princess Louise Marie Amélie of Belgium (18 February 1858 – 1 March 1924) was the eldest child and daughter of King Leopold II and Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium. She was a member of the House of Wettin in the branch of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. By her marriage with her cousin Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, she retained her birth titles of Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony.

Louise was born during the reign of her grandfather Leopold I of Belgium, and she was named after her grandmother Queen Louise. She married in Brussels on 4 February 1875 with her second cousin Prince Philipp. Louise and Philipp settled in Vienna, where they had two children: Leopold Clement, born in 1878, and Dorothea, born in 1881.

Louise's marriage quickly fell apart. Endowed with a strong and whole personality, she refused to submit to a husband who did not suit her and who had been imposed by the reason of state. She reacted by leading a lavish and worldly life, making the heyday of the court of Vienna where her beauty attracts. Louise was quickly preceded by a reputation for scandal to which she gave credit by leading several successive affairs before falling in love with Geza Mattachich, an aristocratic Croatian officer. Louise scandalized Europe when her husband had her declared insane and convinced the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria to intern her in a psychiatric hospital, while Mattachich was accused of forgery and imprisoned. Released four years later, Mattachich succeeded in helping the princess escape. Both then traveled across Europe. Succeeding in proving her mental balance, Louise divorced amicably in 1906.

Louise began the life of a stateless person. Together with her sister Stéphanie, she filed several lawsuits against the Belgian State to recover the inheritance of their father (who died in 1909) –by whom she felt aggrieved. These trials were lost by the two princesses. However, in 1914, she managed to received a part of King Leopold II's fortune. World War I and the German defeat further impoverished Louise, who decided to publish her memoirs under the title Autour des trônes que j'ai vu tomber (Around the thrones that I saw fall) which also constitute a testimony of the life of the European courts. Prince Philippe, her ex-husband, died in 1921. In 1924, at the age of 66, Louise died in poverty, a year after her lover Mattachich. Her only surviving offspring was her daughter Dorothea, whom she no longer saw. The major memory she leaves in Belgium is the namesake Avenue Louise in Brussels.

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Some of their strengths

Princess of Belgium Louise has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intuitive, Generous, Optimistic, Brave, Energetic, Passionate, and Adventurous.

Idealistic and Altruistic

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Princess of Belgium Louise is someone who is an idealist and an altruist who possesses an innovative, intellectual, and analytical mind, and who approaches life in an optimistic and easygoing manner. A person who is known for being a good partner.

Passionate and Intense

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Princess of Belgium Louise well know them as someone who can be passionate, proud, and intense, like the sun or a blazing fire.

Imaginative and Sentimental

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Princess of Belgium Louise as someone who is imaginative, sentimental, and in touch with emotions.

A person who has extremely good memory and analytical skills, likes to make sure that everyone gets along, enjoys all kinds of situations and people, has a talent for travel and languages, and who makes lifelong friends.

Emotionally Intelligent and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Princess of Belgium Louise is someone who tends to have strong emotional intelligence and intuition, and who can be a catalyst of change for others.

They are also someone who is altruistic, tolerant, and sophisticated, and who tends to be a perfectionist who is always working to try and make everything and everyone better.

Altruistic and Innovative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Princess of Belgium Louise tends to be someone who sacrifices things for the good of others and wants to do "good" in the world. Who is often thought of as an innovator or rebel who thrives when trying to chase a breakthrough of some sort, who has a clear and sound mind, and who can be charming and sociable.

Some of Princess of Belgium Louise's challenges

While Princess of Belgium Louise has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Princess of Belgium Louise can be Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, Short-tempered, Impulsive, Arrogant, Status-seeking, and Irritable.

Rebellious and Emotionally Distant

One of Princess of Belgium Louise's key challenges is that they are someone who can be rebellious and emotionally distant.

Princess of Belgium Louise must also exercise caution as they can be short-tempered and aggressive.

Irritable and Moody

Princess of Belgium Louise is someone who can be irritable and moody, have a tendency to experience self-doubt, be too secretive, can take too many risks, and who can have an extreme approach to managing personal finances.

Serious and Callous

Finally, Princess of Belgium Louise also can be too giving, come across as too "high and mighty", and can have a hard time expressing feelings.

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