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Bonjour Mis amis! I am Son Majeste Reine Elisabeth de Belgique, consort of Roi Albert I de Belgique. I was born on July 25, 1876 daughter of prince Karl of Bavaria and his second wife, Maria of Braganza. Although i was a relatively minor german princess, I was the neice of Empress Elisabeth of Austria or Sissi, who I was named after. I have five siblings : my older half-sister Amalie came in 1865, Sophie in 1875, Marie Gabrielle in 1878,Ludwig Wilhelm in 1884 and Franz Joseph in 1888.
I met my future husband under rather tragic circumstances, at the funural of our relative Sophie who was killed in a charity bazaar in Paris in 1897. We became very close over the next few years and were married in 1900. Together we had three children: Leopold, born November 3 1901, Charles, born in October of 1903, and Marie-Jose, who was named after my mother and born in August of 1906. I also have a new daughter-in-law, the Crown Princess Anastasie (Leo's wife), formerly HIH Grand Duchess Anastasia of russia, the youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II. I am delighted with the match and I like dear Stasie very much, and with any luck I will also be a grandmother soon!
Most people consider me a very artistic person with a charming personality; I play the violin and I do enjoy painting. I am also an extremely avid Egyptologist and hope to visit the great find in the Valley of the Kings!
Now, Popol (Leo) and Stasie are in Italy attending the funeral of pauvre King Constantine, who also happens to be the eldest brother of Anastasie's brother-in-law Christophe. My heart goes out to his wife Sophie, and of course the entire Greek royal family, and hopefully all of the visitng family can help them in thier greif.
Well, La Petite and I are still in Egypt-soon, the burial chamber will oficially be opened, and we will get the chance to see what few will ever see of the tomb of Tutankhamen!!
here are favorite pictures of myself and family (I am an avid photographer like my daughter-in-law)!
I don't mind if others in the novel would like to use belgian pictures for manips, etc. Just let me know, I have plenty of others also.
Myself in court dress:
Albert and I with baby Leo:
Myself as a young woman
My three children and I when they were younger
With Queen Mary of England
Albert and I during our engagement
My beautiful daughter Marie-Jose as a little girl
My dear younger son Charles now(early 1920's)
The Romanovs - One Last Dance
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