One of the oldest families in Europe is without any doubt The House of
Limburg Stirum. It is the eldest and only surviving branch of the
House of Berg, which was among the most powerful dynasties in the
region of the Lower Rhine duing the Middle Ages.
his father's territorium and he called himself: of Limburg. He also
possessed the manor of Stirum.
Who is who?
War of the Spanish Succession in the service of the Holy Roman
Emperor, Leopold I, against France and Bavaria. He lost the
Battle of Höchstadt and the Battle of Schellenberg.
Lieutenant General of
Dutch Infantry and member of the Driemanschap, that took power
in 1813 to establish the monarchy in the Netherlands. The three
statesmen invited the exiled Prince of Orange to The Hague to
avoid anarchy following the retreat of France's troops and to avoid
possible absorption of the Netherlands by Prussia or England. The
Prince of Orange became later King William I of the Netherlands.
of William Prince of Orange (1840-1879) but they could not marry to
each other due to King William III of The Netherlands. (There were
rumours that Mathilde was his illegitimate daughter).
and reformist Governor General of the Dutch East Indies. He worked
for the economic development. He would later become ambassador to
Berlin where he was known for his critical views on National Socialism,
even refusing Nazi officials entry to the Dutch embassy. After leaving
Berlin he would serve as Dutch envoy to London.
maternal uncle of Audrey Hepburn. He was taken hostage by German
occupiers and executed in 1942.
a member of the armed resistance during World War II. Later he was
Grand Master of the Royal Households of King Leopold III of Belgium.
He became a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in the
Thierry, Count of Limburg Stirum and Princess Marie-Immaculée de
of Henri d'Orléans, the Comte de Paris and the Orléanist claimant to
the throne of France.
Limburg Stirum and grandson of Count Thierry married on 6 December
2008 in Mechelen, Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria. She is the
great-granddaughter of King Leopold III through her mother
Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria and of Emperor Charles I of Austria,
through her father Archduke Carl Christian of Austria.
Most of the family members live nowadays in Belgium and
Source pictures: Wikipedia