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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (723 items)

    Royals!
    Royal titles?
    "Royal commemoratives" are a collecting area in itself and a postcard theme. But in this case it is a card commemorating the death of a Belgian Prince: S.A.R. Monseigneur le Comte de Flandre.

    S.A.R. is the French term for H.R.H.
    Son Altesse Royale (in the plural Leurs Altesses Royales : LL. AA. RR.)

    The card was collected by Septimus and Clara Miller in 1907 while on tour in Belgium a year and a half after the death of S.A.R. Monseigneur le Comte de Flandre. Why this card?

    Look at those eyes! They are the same eyes of Queen Victoria of England! The two are actually related by blood. Who was S.A.R. Monseigneur le Comte de Flandre?

    He was born Philippe Eugène Ferdinand Marie Clément Baudouin Léopold Georges de Belgique, duc de Saxe, prince de Saxe-Cobourg et Gotha, comte de Flandre. Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha on March 2, 1837!

    His father's sister was the mother of Queen Victoria.

    His father was King Leopold I of Belgium.
    His elder brother was King Leopold II of Belgium.
    His son was Albert I King of Belgium.
    His grandson was Leopold III King of Belgium
    His great - grandson was Baudoin King of Belgium
    Another great - grandson was Albert II King of Belgium.
    His great great- grandson is the current King Of Belgium, King Philippe.

    He was connected!
    He was profoundly deaf.
    He was incredibly wealthy.
    He was a bit of a recluse and a family man.

    The French put it succinctly like this: Arrière-petit-fils, petit-fils, fils, frère et père, grand-père et arrière-grand-père de rois, il ne le fut jamais.

    In fact he was offered a kingdom or two (Greece and Brazil) but refused them!

    He died on November 17, 1905.

    The card was published by H. M. Dobredourt. Uccle. The photograph is an edited version of another taken by Cliché Alexandre of Brussels.

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MOON!
    2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 7 years ago
      Kevin, thank you for sharing...love to learn! XO
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      You are very welcome Moon. I really love these cards.

      Many thanks to AGHCOLLECT too!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Beautiful!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN, AMBER, BLUNDERBUSS, AGHCOLLECT, PHIL, KERRY, POPS 'n GARY !!!!
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      your very welcome Kevin!!!!!!
    7. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Might call my next child Philippe Eugène Ferdinand Marie Clément Baudouin Léopold Georges de Australia.

      You know when you put French or any other comments in your posts that I (and others with my poor language skills) have to Google translate, just in case I am missing something really important or exciting!

    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks KAREN!

      They are just a TEASE! But with Google it is not that hard, eh?
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUES IN NJ, GEO 'n NLDIONNE!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE !!!!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AUSTRO!
    14. toracat toracat, 7 years ago
      Hello, a year ago I posted a French ship named Flandre? First ship after WW-2, any connection with this ocean liner? Probably no but!?
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks DON!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      I just checked out the liner Flandre. It was named after "historic Flanders". This guy had the title of Comte de Flandre. Up until the time of the French Revolution in 1792 the Comte de Flandre was the ruler of the area. Since 1840 it ha been the title given to the younger son of the King of Belgium.

    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUES IN NJ !!!!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE 'n TOM too!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks GARY!!!
    20. Budek Budek, 7 years ago
      I love reading these postings!
      Thanks Kevin!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TONINO!!!!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY!!!!

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