Author Topic: Emperor Maximilian of Mexico & Empress Carlota (Charlotte of Belgium) ,Part II  (Read 40710 times)

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I haven't noticed that it was a photomontage even after seeing it several times before, I even thought that perhaps she went to the wedding of Princess Royal Victoria. I have no idea of who made it. :-?
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Allegory of the Imperial couple, sorry for the size  :(
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Little Charlotte, aged 6 by Louis Gallait


Source: the Royal Collection
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One pof the last images of Charlotte. Courtesy of the ONB

Here the full verssion of the photo, it is a bit clearer and we can see her face much better :-)



I always feel a great sadness thinking about her last 60 years of life, she was so ill and was neglected by her family -except for her sister in law-
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I recently read about a rumour that Charlotte could have been pregnant when she returned to Europe and gave birth while at Miramar.  Does anyone know anything about this?

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The only rumour that I know is that many say that Charlotte is in fact the mother of Maxime Weygand and gave birth to him in Belgium -although there is another alleged mother, a Polish woman-. According with this story his father was a Belgian officer (Alfred van der Smissen) who had an affair with Charlotte, and she was "sent" to Europe (1866) to give birth in secret for avoiding a scandal. Honestly I don't believe in these stories... I do believe she went to Europe for asking for help to their Empire -her life and Maximilian's were in risk-, French anounced they would leave Mexico and anything would convince them to change. Both knew they needed the French army to keep their throne safe.

I don't think that she was pregnant while she stayed at Miramare, I don't believe that she would dare to visit Napoleon III and his wife in that situation -and considering the time, her pregnancy wold be very advanced and would not be easy for the Empress that other people don't notice it-. She would be trying to hide her inconvenient secret, and many people in France would have seen her.
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Charlotte and Maximilien at the time of their engagement :

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A very nice photo, Thank You KarlandZita

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Charlotte welcoming her former governess Madame de Bovée in the park of the Castle of Miramare during summer 1859 :

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Charlotte. 

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Eight year old Charlotte


A bit bigger!!

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Young Maximilian on his ship

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Charlotte by Aubert

A bit better verssion of this photo by François Aubert (ca. 1866), and the fullest that I've ever seen. <Click on the image for a slightly bigger view!>



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Empress Charlotte wearing peineta and mantilla. This portrait is located at Chapultepec



Empress Charlotte. Credits and source: Instituto Nacional de Estudios Históricos de las Revoluciones de México, INEHRM If I'm not wrong, the painter was the Mexican Santiago Rebull


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Russia cannot be grasped with the mind, or measured in feet and inches, for she has a special character: In Russia one can only believe. ~Fyodor Tyutchev.