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counts of Limburg rose to prominence when one of their house was appointed Duke of Lower Lorraine.

Though Lorraine was soon confiscated, the ducal title was kept within the family, transferred it to the county of Limburg, which was eventually ratified by the Holy Roman Emperor. Thereafter, the dukes of Limburg were one of several lines of heirs of the territory and title of the old duke of Lower Lorraine. After the occupation in 1794 by the French, the old Austrian Duchy of Limburg was disbanded and became part of the département of Meuse-Inférieure.

The title "Duke of Limburg" was revived after the foundation of the "new style" Duchy of Limburgmarker as a result of the Treaty of London in 1839. According to this treaty the duchy (without the cities of Maastricht and Venlo), was joined to the German Confederationmarker. After the collapse of this confederation in 1866, Limburg as a duchy ceased to exist and was for good incorporated into the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a province.

Counts of Limburg (1065–1119)

House of Ardennes

Dukes of Limburg (1119–1794)

House of Ardennes

The Duchy of Limburg was lost in 1288 to the dukes of Brabant in the Battle of Worringenmarker.

House of Leuven

House of Valois

House of Habsburg

After the abdication of Charles II, the Seventeen Provinces went to the Spanish branch of the House of Habsburg.

After the death of Philips VI the Seventeen Provinces returned to the Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg.

House of Habsburg-Lorraine

Dukes of Limburg (1839–1866)

House of Orange-Nassau

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