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Portrait of Marie Henriette, Queen Consort of Belgium looking out from a window

Biography

Marie Henriette, the daughter of Archduke Joseph of Hungary, married Prince Leopold in 1853. When her husband succeeded to the Belgium throne in 1865, she accompanied him as Queen Consort. During their time in Belgium, the Grants received a more intimate reception with the monarchs than they had experienced from the British royal family. Here they were treated as equal sovereigns. Queen Marie Henriette, along with her husband, entertained the Grants at a dinner during their stay in Belgium. Mrs. Grant describes the Queen in her memoirs as “young and handsome”. She notes the Queen was dressed in a lavish gown of opal silk and lace making her thankful to have packed “several handsome dresses” in order to match the Queen’s elegance.

Donor

Ulysses Grant Dietz

Studio

W and D. Downey, London Studio, 57and61 Ebury St. Eaton Square, England

Date

1877

Object Type

Image

Format (Original)

Cabinet Card

Format (Digital)

PDF

Physical ID

Grant_World_Tour_010

Digital ID

Grant_World_Tour_010

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Repository

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

Contact Information

For more information on the contents of this collection, email usgpresidentiallibrary@library.msstate.edu.

Marie Henriette, Queen Consort of Belgium

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