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« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2020, 03:13:54 AM »

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium was an honorary member of the Dutch Bach Society.   
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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2020, 12:49:58 AM »

When war broke out in 1914, Queen Elisabeth worked with the nurses on the front and helped establish the Symphony Orchestra of the field army.
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2021, 12:05:59 AM »

The First World War was painful for Queen Elisabeth as some of the men leading the Bavarian regiments of the German army were her own family.
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2021, 12:12:51 AM »

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium visited the shattered ruins of Ypres.     
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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2021, 12:19:40 AM »

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium was previously Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria. I do not understand why Duchess is used. Was she not a Princess? Or is Duchess a Bavarian equivalent of Princess?
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« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2021, 10:05:16 PM »

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium was previously Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria. I do not understand why Duchess is used. Was she not a Princess? Or is Duchess a Bavarian equivalent of Princess?

The title Duke in Bavaria (not of Bavaria) was created for Wilhelm of Wittelsbach, Pfalzgraf of Pfalz-Gelnhausen (1752-1837). He married Maria Anna Pfalzgräfin of Pfalz-Zweibrücken (1753-1824).

Maria Anna was the sister of Karl II. August Duke of Pfalz-Zweibrücken (who was in love and vice versa with Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, but she wasn't allowed to marry him and instead was betrothed to Ferdinand of Parma. He became then very anti Habsburg and married Maria Amalia of Saxony) and the late King Maximilian I. of Bavaria.

When Maximilian became Elector (Kurfürst) of Bavaria, Wilhelm was made Duke in Bavaria (but it was just a honorary title) and received the style Royal Highness as he was just from a side line of the Wittelsbachs. This was in 1799 and was one done to unifie Bavaria (so Wilhelm wouldn't one day come up with the idea that he could rule Bavaria instead).

Pius, his only son and successor (1786-1837) would marry Amalia of Arenberg and they became the parents of Duke Maximilian in Bavaria (and he the father of Empress Elisabeth). When Princess Ludovika was forced to marry Max she felt betrayed and like she had to marry beneath (which was true).

The title Duke/Duchess in Bavaria is simple a sideline (non reigning one) as opposed to the Kings (or Electors) of Bavaria. The children of the Kings of Bavaria were always Prince/Princess of Bavaria.



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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2021, 09:56:57 PM »

If I remember correctly the children of the royal dukes (which the Duke in Bavaria was) were styled prince and princess as well.
Germany wasn't one kingdom at that time: it was a host of different kingdoms, principalities, duchies and the likes...all royal (lesser royal, but above the mere aristocracy) and a great marriage market for europe's thrones....
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2021, 02:16:35 AM »

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium arrived in Moscow in 1958.     
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