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Princess of Belgium Stéphanie

Princess Stéphanie Clotilde Louise Herminie Marie Charlotte of Belgium (21 May 1864 – 23 August 1945) was a Belgian princess who became Crown Princess of Austria through marriage to Crown Prince Rudolf, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Princess Stéphanie was the second daughter of King Leopold II of Belgium and Marie Henriette of Austria. She married in Vienna on 10 May 1881 Crown Prince Rudolf, son and heir of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. They had one child, Archduchess Elisabeth Marie. Stéphanie's marriage quickly became fragile. Rudolf, depressed and disappointed by politics, had multiple extramarital affairs and contracted a venereal disease that he transmitted to his wife, rendering her unable to conceive again. In 1889 Rudolf and his mistress Mary Vetsera were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide pact at the imperial hunting lodge at Mayerling in the Vienna Woods.

In 1900, Stéphanie married again, to Count Elemér Lónyay de Nagy-Lónya et Vásáros-Namény, a Hungarian nobleman of lower rank; for this, she was excluded from the House of Austria-Hungary. However, this second union was happy. After the death of her father in 1909, Stéphanie joined her older sister Louise to claim from the Belgian courts the share of the inheritance of which they both felt they had been stripped.

Until World War II, Count and Countess Lónyay (elevated to the princely rank in 1917) peacefully spent their lives at Rusovce Mansion in Slovakia. In 1935, Stéphanie published her memoirs, entitled Je devais être impératrice ("I Had to Be Empress"). In 1944, she disinherited her daughter, who had divorced to live with a socialist deputy and whom she had not seen since 1925. The arrival of the Red Army in April 1945, at the end of the war, forced Stéphanie and her husband to leave their residence and take refuge in the Pannonhalma Archabbey in Hungary. Stéphanie died of a stroke in the abbey later the same year.

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Some of their strengths

Princess of Belgium Stéphanie has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intelligent, Charming, Energetic, Communicative, Insightful, Imaginative, and Creative.

Charming and Quick-witted

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Princess of Belgium Stéphanie is someone who is a charming, quick-witted, and energetic person who combines passion and intelligence with an ability to feel what others are feeling and to effectively communicate with them. A person who is ambitious and motivated.

Adventurous and Free

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Princess of Belgium Stéphanie well know them as someone who can be talented, wayward and free, like a big river or the ocean.

Methodical and Exacting

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Princess of Belgium Stéphanie as someone who is careful, methodical, and a perfectionist.

A person who forms successful business partnerships, who appreciates the variety the world has to offer, who takes a frugal approach to life and tends to be a workaholic, and who engages in things that let them express their opinion.

Justice-seeking and Insightful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Princess of Belgium Stéphanie is someone who tends to be intolerant of unfairness in life, and who has an uncanny ability to reveal the truth in any situation.

They are also someone who is patient, assertive, and who is a natural leader that likes to help others in need.

Logical and Reasonable

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Princess of Belgium Stéphanie tends to be someone who is understanding, logical, and reasonable. Who can be intellectual and intuitive, speak the truth at any cost, be witty and sociable, and live life to its fullest.

Some of Princess of Belgium Stéphanie's challenges

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

For example, Princess of Belgium Stéphanie can be Sensitive, Hypocritical, Self-centered, Impulsive, Careless, Difficult, and Perfectionist.

Hypocritical and Self-centered

One of Princess of Belgium Stéphanie's key challenges is that they are someone who can be perceived as hypocritical and self-centered.

Princess of Belgium Stéphanie must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs, and can be excessive and unrealistic.

Sensitive and Critical

Princess of Belgium Stéphanie is someone who can be insecure, critical, and pessimistic, who can have difficulty relaxing, can be possessive and jealous, and who can have difficulty listening to others' opinions and perspectives and make hasty decisions.

Indecisive and Distracted

Finally, Princess of Belgium Stéphanie also can have a hard time staying focused and can easily become restless.

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