History, Feminism

The Princess in the Asylum

Was Louise of Belgium a victim, as she claimed, or her own worst enemy?

Jenni Wiltz
Oct 27 · 8 min read
Louise in profile wearing a black ball gown and corsage. Her thick blonde hair is in a chignon.
Louise in profile wearing a black ball gown and corsage. Her thick blonde hair is in a chignon.
Princess Louise of Belgium. Image from the Library of Congress Bain Collection via Wikimedia Commons.

Bad Romance

Louise and Philip standing together. Their arms are linked and she’s holding a bouquet of flowers.
Louise and Philip standing together. Their arms are linked and she’s holding a bouquet of flowers.
Louise and Philip. Photo by Géruzet Frères, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Love on the Run

Louise in profile, wearing an off-the-shoulder ball gown and tiara.
Louise in profile, wearing an off-the-shoulder ball gown and tiara.
Louise by an unknown photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Princess, Interrupted

Philip dressed in a suit and cravat. He has dark curly hair and a long mustache. He’s wearing a monocle.
Philip dressed in a suit and cravat. He has dark curly hair and a long mustache. He’s wearing a monocle.
Philip of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Photo by Géruzet Frères, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest

Louise standing behind the chair of her sister, Clementine. Her mom is standing behind Stephanie’s chair. All wear black.
Louise standing behind the chair of her sister, Clementine. Her mom is standing behind Stephanie’s chair. All wear black.
Louise (left, standing) with her two sisters and her mother (right, standing) in 1889, about 9 years before she was put in the asylum. Image by an unknown photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Most Expensive Shell Game Ever

Leopold as an older man, wearing a military uniform. He has a long, snowy white beard and mustache.
Leopold as an older man, wearing a military uniform. He has a long, snowy white beard and mustache.
Leopold II of Belgium, Louise’s father. Image by Bain News Service, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Poverty Flats

Louise as an older woman. She’s wearing a white dress, fur stole, and a large white picture hat over her graying hair.
Louise as an older woman. She’s wearing a white dress, fur stole, and a large white picture hat over her graying hair.
Louise by an unknown photographer. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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I write about fascinating royal women, their jewels, and quirky aspects of royal history no one else talks about. Find me at https://girlinthetiara.com.

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The aim of this publication is to learn from our history and culture in order to understand the dynamics of politics and improve the current state of movements for feminism, racism, and LGBTQ.

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