Sunday, March 1, 2009
Princess Josephine of Belgium
Princess Josephine of Belgium (1872-1958), one of the sisters of King Albert I. Josephine and Albert, the two youngest children of the Count and Countess of Flanders (like their older counterparts, Baudouin and Henriette), were particularly close to one another. Due to Josephine's marriage to a Hohenzollern relative, Albert and his sister were tragically separated during World War I, but the return of peace in 1918 made possible family reunion. Sadly, however, Josephine lost her husband a year later. In the 1930's, after the death of her brother, King Albert (a tragedy which caused her immense grief), she entered a convent in Namur. Her prayers surely aided the royal family!