History - On This Day - February 22nd 1550 - Charles de Ligne, 2nd Prince of Arenberg

On February 22nd. 1550 Charles de Ligne, duke of Aarschot, baron of Zevenbergen
was born as the eldest son of Jean de Ligne and Margaretha von der Mark,
Countess of Arenberg.



Family

His mother was the sister and sole heiress of Robert III von der Marck-Arenberg.
The marriage contract of his parents stipulated that their heirs would bear the title,
name and arms of Arenberg.

On 5 March 1576, Emperor Maximilian II raised Charles' mother and her heirs
to the rank of Princely Counts, he also promoted them to the Council of Princes
of the Imperial Diet.


The Somerset House Conference - Charles was the 3rd. on the left

Interesting knowledge


One of the godparents of Charles de Ligne was Emperor Charles V.



Duty

At the age of 10, Charles de Ligne was sent to the court of King Albert V of
Bavaria, where he stayed for 3 years.

In 1556 he began to travel around Europe on his 'Grand Tour'. He visited inter
alia: Paris, Lyon, Rome, Venice, Malta, Florence and Strasbourg. He also
studied law at the University of Bologna in Italy.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Dutch Revolt and the death of his father (1568)
he returned to the Netherlands.

In 1570 he joined Archduchess Anna of Austria and her two brothers, the
Archdukes Albert and Wenceslaus on their journey to the royal court of King
Philip II.

In Spain the King sent him on a mission to the court of France. Charles de
Ligne visited King Charles IX of France to salute the birth of
Marie Elisabeth of Valois.

Later he travelled to Rome and Loreto in the company of the widowed
Elisabeth of Austria. She went to the Imperial Court in Vienna (Austria).
Charles de Ligne stayed a while at the Imperial Court.

In August 1581, Alexander Farnese, governor of the Habsburg Netherlands,
appointed Charles of Arenberg, colonel of a regiment of the German Cavalry.
He did his military duty during the Cologne War (1582-1584), participated
in the Sieges of Antwerp (1585) and of Sluis (1587) and he joined Farnese's
campaign  in France (1590).

On 27 April 1586, Charles of Arenberg was awarded the Order of the Golden
Fleece. Philip II appointed him as a member of the Council of State. He was
among the delegation that met the envoys of Queen Elisabeth I, to attempt
an end of the hostilities between Spain and England. Later Charles of Arenberg
became an ambassador.




Love and marriage

On 4 January 1587, Charles of Arenberg married Anne de Croÿ, daughter of
Philippe de Croÿ, 4th. Prince of Chimay, 3rd. Duke of Aarschot. The royal
couple had 12 children.


Noble families in Belgium

Most of the current high nobility of Belgium are descendants from him.



Death

Charles de Ligne, 2nd. Prince of Arenberg died on 18 January 1616 after
an eventful, political life.


Source pictures: Wikipedia

Coat of Arms from the city of Oostende in Western Flanders, Belgium

Oostende is a city near the North Sea in Western Flanders, Belgium. It has not only
a lot of royal history, it also has a beautiful symbolic Coat of Arms.

Coat of Arms of Oostende near the Royal Villa - own picture


Some history

The current Coat of Arms of the City Oostende was granted in 1819. Then it was a
part of the United Kingdom of The Netherlands.

Although according to some sources Oostende had received their Coat of Arms
from Margaret II, Countess of Flanders in 1267.

Countess Margaret II of Flanders
Source picture: Wikipedia


The keys on the Coat of Arms are the symbol of the patron saint of Oostende:
St. Peter.

St. Peter with the Keys
Source picture: Wikipedia

The three keys on the Coat of Arms are possibly a reference to the city gates. 

From 1951 unwards the Coat of Arms of Oostende was allowed to wear the
War Cross of Belgium.

Now

Walking through this wonderful city, gives the opportunity to see lots of the
city's Coat of Arms, even in the corners of the grand hall at the railway station.

Coat of Arms of Oostende at the Railway Station - own picture