Charlotte of Bourbon (d. 1582)

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Charlotte of Bourbon (d. 1582)

Princess of Orange and countess of Nassau. Name variations: Charlotte Bourbon; Charlotte of Bourbon-Montpensier; Charlotte de Montpensier. Died in 1582; possibly daughter of Louis, duke of Montpensier; became third wife of William I the Silent (1533–1584), prince of Orange, count of Nassau (r. 1544–1584), stadholder of Holland, Zealand, and Utrecht (r. 1572–1584); children: Louisa Juliana of Orange (1576–1644); Amalia (who married Frederick Casimir of Zweibrücken); Elizabeth; Catherine Belgica; Brabantina; Flanderina; Antwerpina. William the Silent's first wife was Anna of Egmont (1533–1558); his second was Anna of Saxony (1544–1577); his fourth was Louise de Coligny (1555–1620).