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New Daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme

  August 1, 2014 at 5:02 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme have welcomed their third child, a daughter named Louise-Marguerite. The infant was born on July 30 in Poissy, and has the full name Louise-Marguerite Eléonore Marie. She joins older brother Prince Gaston and older sister Princess Antoinette, who “are very eager to include their little sister in their games.” Prince Jean and Princess Philomena were married in May 2009.

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The Last of the Valois

  May 18, 2014 at 6:48 am by

Marguerite de Valois, Princess of France was born at the Royal Chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 14, 1553, the youngest surviving daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Médici. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s devoted sister, Marguerite de France, Duchess de Berry. The young Marguerite – who was known simply as Margot by her family – was raised at the sophisticated French Valois court. Marguerite had three older and … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Élisabeth of France

  May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm by

For the month of May, I have chosen Princess Élisabeth of France as my featured royal. Also known as Madame Élisabeth, she was the youngest sister of Louis XVI of France. The Princess followed her brother and sister-in-law to the guillotine in 1794 during the Terror. Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France was born early on the morning of May 3rd, 1764 at the Royal Palace of Versailles. The Princess was the youngest daughter … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Vendôme Expecting Third Child

  January 31, 2014 at 12:34 am by

It was recently announced that Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme and his wife Philomena, Duchess of Vendôme are expecting their third child, which according to reports, is due in the summer of 2014. The couple married in a civil ceremony on March 19, 2009 in Paris, and again in a religious ceremony on May 2, 2009 in Senlis, France. Philomena is originally from Spain. Jean and Philomena have two children: … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Catherine de’ Medici

  January 22, 2014 at 10:00 am by

Catherine de’ Medici was born in Florence on April 13, 1519; her father was the Florentine Lorenzo II de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino and her French mother was Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. Tragically, her mother died ten days after giving birth to Catherine, whilst her father died on May 4, leaving Catherine a sole orphan and heiress to a great fortune. The infant Catherine was raised by her paternal … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Anjou Celebrates Her 30th Birthday

  October 26, 2013 at 12:45 am by

The Duchess of Anjou turned 30 on October 21st. She celebrated her birthday with her family in Madrid, where she and her husband and children are currently residing. Before her marriage to the Duke, the Duchess was previously known as María Margarita Vargas Santaella. She is the daughter of Víctor José Vargas Irausquín and Carmen Leonor Santaella Tellería, a well-known lawyer who is the owner of Banco BOD, also known … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Blanche of Artois

  May 3, 2013 at 5:10 am by

Blanche of Artois is an important but long-forgotten historical figure. Born a Princess of France in 1248, Blanche was the daughter of Robert of France, Count of Artois and Matilda of Brabant. Her paternal grandparents were Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, while her uncle was King Louis IX of France. Her father was killed in Egypt during the Seventh Crusade in 1250 and her younger brother, Robert, … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Anne of France

  November 15, 2012 at 10:16 am by

November 14th, 1522 This month, I’ve chosen Anne of France as my historical royal of the month. This French Princess was born the eldest daughter of Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy in April 1461 and went onto become one of the most powerful European figures in the late 15th century. Anne is also known as Anne de Beaujeu as in November 1473, she married Pierre de Bourbon, Lord of … Continue reading

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Day in History: 350 years since Charles II sold Dunkirk to France

  October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm by

350 years ago Charles II sold Dunkirk to France for approximately £400,000.  It was a hugely unpopular move that was influenced by financial and political needs. The port, although a valuable strategic outpost, was a huge drain on the King’s financial resources. However, there can be no doubt that even a greater motive was the vital need to forge closer relationships with France. Dunkirk was essentially a liability to the … Continue reading

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Anniversary of the Execution of Marie Antoinette

  October 17, 2012 at 2:29 am by

Yesterday marked the anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution. On October 16th, 1793, Marie Antoinette of Austria, former Queen of France, left her prison cell at the Conciergerie in Paris, where she had been imprisoned since August of that year, for the last time. Having been found guilty of treason by the Revolutionary Tribunal on October 14th, Marie Antoinette was condemned to death, her trial having been a complete farce. King … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Louise of Savoy

  September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am by

On September 22nd, 1531 Louise of Savoy, the formidable mother of King François I, died at Grez-sur-Loing, outside Paris. During the first 15 years of the reign of her son, Louise was the most powerful woman in the Kingdom of France. Though Louise was born a Princess and was never Queen of France, she was Queen Mother in all but name. Maternal, politically active and shrewd, Louise acted as Regent … Continue reading

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Day in History: Birth of Louis VIII the Lion

  September 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm by

Louis VIII of France earned his epithet “the Lion” for the courage he displayed on the battlefield, for seizing back many of the lands that were lost to the English (such as Avignon, Poitou, Saintonge, Languedoc) and for his strong, wilful character. Yet he is arguably most famous for being the only French Monarch who succeeded in invading most of England and claiming the English Throne, even if temporarily. Louis … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Anjou Present Twin Sons

  July 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Anjou, Prince Louis Alphonso and Princess María Margarita, have presented their twin sons, Prince Louis, Duke of Bourgogne, and Prince Alphonse, Duke of Berry, on 30 June 2012. The Duke and Duchess were married on 5 (civil) and 6 (religious) November 2004. Their first child, Princess Eugénie, was born on 5 March 2007. The Princes were born on 28 May 2010. In the future, Prince … Continue reading

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Emmanuelle de Dampierre Passes Away

  May 7, 2012 at 8:56 am by

Rome, Italy Emmanuelle de Dampierre passed away in Rome on May 2nd, 2012. Born into the Italian nobility on November 8th, 1913, Emmanuelle married Infante Jaime of Spain, Duke of Segovia on March 4th, 1935. The couple had two children: Don Alphonse de Bourbon (1936-1989) and Don Gonzalo de Bourbon (1937-2000). However, their marriage was unhappy and it ended in divorce in 1947. In 1949, Emmanuelle de Dampierre remarried in … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Anjou and Cadaval Gives Birth to a Girl

  February 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm by

Prince Charles-Philippe and Princess Diana of Orléans, The Duke and Duchess of Anjou and The Duke-Consort and Duchess of Cadaval, had their first child, Princess Isabelle, on 22 February 2012. The Duchess gave birth to the little Princess in Lisbon, Portugal. According to the new parents, the new Princess of Orléans is named after her great-grandmother, the late Countess of Paris, Princess Isabelle of Orléans, née Princess of Orléans-Braganza. In addition, … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Vendôme Gives Birth to a Girl

  January 28, 2012 at 7:35 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, Prince Jean and Princess Philomena of Orléans, had their second child and first daughter, Princess Antoinette, on 28 January 2012. The little Princess joins older brother, Prince Gaston. Prince Jean is the heir of his father, the Count of Paris, bypassing his mentally disabled elder brother, Prince François, Count of Clermont. Prince Jean married Princess Philomena civilly, on March 19 and religiously, on May 2, 2009, and … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Launches ‘Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro’ 2011

  November 20, 2011 at 6:39 am by

On November 14th, HRH Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz launched The ‘Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro’ 2011 at the Telefonica Store in Madrid. The elder sister of His Majesty The King is the Honorary President of charitable partnership which was founded in 1968. The Nuevo Futuro/New Futures is a partnership dedicated to the creation and maintenance of foster homes for children deprived of the family environment (children who are orphaned, … Continue reading

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Duke of Anjou and Duchess of Cadaval Are Expecting Their First Child

  August 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm by

Prince Charles-Philippe of Orléans, the Duke of Anjou, and his wife Princess Diana of Orléans, the Duchess of Anjou and the Duchess of Cadaval, are expecting their first child in February 2012. More information about the pregnancy and about the couple can be found in their thread: Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans and Diana, Duchess of Cadaval: Feb 2008- 

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Vendômes Expecting Second Child

  August 19, 2011 at 1:28 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, Prince Jean and Princess Philomena of Orléans, are expecting their second child, it was revealed in the current edition of Royals magazine. The baby is expected to be born in February 2012, and will join the couple’s first child, son Prince Gaston, who was born in November 2009. The Duke and Duchess married in March and May 2009, civilly and religiously respectively. Prince Jean … Continue reading

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