The Duke of Vendôme Turns Fifty
Prince Jean d’Orléans, the Duke of Vendome today celebrates his fiftieth birthday. He is the second son of Henri, Count of Paris, the Orléanist claimant to the defunct throne of France, and his first wife, Duchess Marie Thérèse of Württemberg.
The Prince was born in 1965 in Boulogne-Billancourt, and has four siblings: Princess Marie Isabelle of Liechtenstein, Prince François, Count of Clermont, Princess Blanche of Orléans, and Prince Eudes, Duke of Angoulême. The Prince was educated at primary school in Haute-Savoie, before attending the Collège des Jésuites de Reims where he received his baccalaureate. Jean graduated with a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Sorbonne University and a Masters in Law from the Faculté Libre d’Economie et de Droit de Paris.
He was originally engaged to Duchess Tatjana of Oldenburg, but their relationship ended over a religious dispute between their parents (Jean is Catholic and Tatjana is Lutheran). Jean later married Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart on May 2, 2009. The couple has three children: Gaston, Antoinette and Louise-Marguerite.
In 2006, Jean was named as the Dauphin of France by his father, a title which is given to the heir to the French throne. This bypasses Jean’s elder brother, who is mentally disabled. It is thus believed that upon the death of the Count of Paris, Prince Jean will become the Head of the House of Orléans.Filed under France
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