The Duke of Anjou’s 40th Birthday

  April 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm by

On 25 April, Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou, the current Bourbon pretender to the former French Throne, celebrated his fortieth birthday.

Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou was born HRH Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon on 25 April 1974 in Madrid, Spain. He is the second son and youngest child of Alfonso de Borbón, Duke of Càdiz and his wife, Doña María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiù Franco, who herself is the granddaughter of Francisco Franco. He has a brother, Francisco de Asís, Duke of Bourbon, who passed away in 1984. His full name is, in Spanish, Alfonso Jaime Marcelino Manuel Víctor María de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú.

On 5 November 2004 in Caracas, he was married civilly to María Margarita Vargas Santaella, which was then followed by a religious ceremony on 6 November 2004 in La Romana, the Dominican Republic. The couple have three children together: Princess Eugénie de Bourbon (born in 2007), Louis, Duke of Burgundy and Alphonse, Duke of Berry (twins, born in 2010). The family are currently residing in Madrid, Spain.

If France had restored its monarchy, Louis Alphonse would now be known as King Louis XX of France. According to French nationals, the Duke of Anjou also holds the title of Prince of the Blood, or prince du sang in French.

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5 Responses to The Duke of Anjou’s 40th Birthday

  1. Duc_et_pair says:

    It is not true that Don Luis Alfonso de Borbón y Martínez Bordiú would be King of France when that country would restore the monarchy. In 1700 Philippe de Bourbon, Duc d’Anjou would become King of Spain. His older brother Louis de Bourbon, Dauphin de France was on course to become King of France.

    Europe’s powers were very worried about the concentration of two mighty kingdoms in hands of one family. A war broke out and finally with the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713 the two Bourbon thrones were separated, for ever. Since then we have the Spanish Borbóns (to which Don Luis Alfonso belongs) and the French Bourbons (the current family d’Orléans).

    Don Luis Alfonso de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú can only become King of France if that country repeals the Treaty of Utrecht 1713. That will never happen because the same Treaty also regulates, for an example, that Gibraltar is British territory: repealing that major international Treaty will open Pandora’s Box with all unwanted effects.

    Don Luis Alfonso plays no role in the French succession. He plays no role in the Spanish succession either, since his grandfather Infante Don Jaime de Borbón renounced his claims, twice.

    Don Luis Alfonso de Borbón = head of the whole Bourbon dynasty as the most senior male Bourbon
    Don Juan Carlos de Borbón = head of the House of Spain
    Henri d’Orléans = head of the House of France
    Carlos de Bourbon de Parme = head of the House Bourbon-Parma
    Luiz d’Orléans-Bragança = head of the House of Brazil
    Carlo/Carlos di Borbone delle Due Sicilie = heads of the House of Naples

  2. NATALYA says:

    Happy birthday !

  3. mslewis says:

    It’s so hard to keep up with these “pretenders” to non-existent thrones. Why doesn’t he live in France? Are the French smart enough to not want him there?

  4. Duc_et_pair says:

    Well, Don Luis Alfonso is a Spanish citizen as he is born from a Spanish father (Don Alfonso de Borbón y Dampierre, Duke of Cádiz) and a Spanish mother (Doña María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco, future Duchess of Franco).

    Don Luis Alfonso is, after his mother, the heir to the Spanish Dukedom of Franco and a future Grande de España. He is Spanish in everything and his claims on the throne of France as well the pretention of using French royal titles (Duc d’Anjou) are the reasons why he is banned from the Spanish Court.

  5. Aida says:

    What does it matter, neither the French nor the Spanish are going to have him as king or anything. He is now minor royalty. My question is does royalty marry anyone other than very rich people (except for the crown prince of Norway?

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