Celebrating 💯 years of Hungarian-Belgian diplomatic relations

History connects us:

Mary, the Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia passed away on October 18, 1558. She is known as Mary of Habsburg in Hungary or as Marie de Hongrie among the French.

Mary was born in Brussels in 1505 as the fifth child of King Philip of the House of Habsburg.

In 1522, she married Louis II of Hungary. Although the marriage was arranged, they later fell in love.

In 1526, Suleiman I attacked the Kingdom of Hungary and at the battle of Mohács the king himself was killed.

From 1531 until 1555, the widow queen was governor in Brussels, of her motherland, the Habsburg Netherlands. She never married again.

A depiction of King Louis II of Hungary and Queen Mary is also visible in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels.