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Portrait of Marie Henriette, Queen Consort of Belgium looking out from a window
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.
Ulysses Grant Dietz
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