Marie Henriette of Austria

Marie Henriette of Austria (Marie Henriette Anne; 23 August 1836 – 19 September 1902) was Queen of the Belgians as the wife of King Leopold II. The marriage was arranged against the will of both Marie Henriette and Leopold and became unhappy due to their dissimilarity, and after 1872 the couple lived separate lives, though they continued to appear together in public. Queen Marie Henriette was described as an energetic and intelligent horsewoman, foremost devoted to her animals. In 1895, she openly retired from public life and lived her last seven years in the city of Spa, where she became known as "The Queen of Spa".

Marie Henriette of Austria
Queen consort of the Belgians
Tenure10 December 1865 – 19 September 1902
Born(1836-08-23)23 August 1836
Buda Castle, Buda, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire
Died19 September 1902(1902-09-19) (aged 66)
Hôtel du Midi,[1] Spa, Belgium
Burial
Spouse
(m. 1853)
Issue
Names
Marie Henriette Anne
HouseHabsburg-Lorraine
FatherArchduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary
MotherDuchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg
ReligionRoman Catholicism