Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mechelen, Belgium, Margaret of Austria

Mechelen, Belgium

Paleis van Margaretha van Oostenrijk
(Dutch - translation is: Palace of Margaret of Austria)

This is postmarked in 2010 with two Belgium bird stamps.

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Margaret of Austria was regent of the Netherlands, for both Belgium and Holland, from 1507 until 1515 and 1519 until her death in 1530.  She was born 10 January 1480, a daughter of Emperor Maximilian I. After the death of her brother Philip I of Castile in 1506, her brother's Burgundian territories were inherited by his son, the future Emperor Charles V. Due to Charles' youth, Margaret was named as his guardian, and governed the Netherlands on her nephew's behalf. Margaret died 1 December 1530.

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