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1834–1869–1891: The Untimely Deaths of Three Heirs to the Belgian Throne

  • Christoph De Spiegeleer
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)


Between 1834 and 1891, illness cost Belgium’s constitutional monarchy no fewer than three heirs to the throne. The lives of these princes have only been addressed by a small number of anecdotal biographies and a handful of scholarly studies.1 Though the last couple of decades have seen the publication of numerous analyses of the weaknesses and strengths of various nineteenth-century monarchies, these deaths have never been subjected to a comparative analysis focusing on their impact on the Belgian constitutional monarchy and on what was done to cope with the succession crises triggered by each of them.2


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