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Are There Still Any Royalists in France?

  May 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm by

In the weekend of 7 and 8 May, French royalists of the Action Française gathered in Paris for a banquet, debates and a traditional nationalist parade. This year the event was attended by Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, politician for the extreme-right Front National. Mrs. Maréchal participated in a debate with the title ‘I am a royalist, what about you? Delegate Robert Prévoisin of the Action Française told RTL about the advantages … Continue reading

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Meet the In-Laws: Princess Alix Introduces Fiancé to Uncles

  April 28, 2016 at 11:51 am by

Princess Alix de Ligne took her fiance Count Guillaume de Dampierre to São Paulo, Brazil to introduce him to her august uncles, Prince Dom Luiz of Brazil (77), chef of the Imperial family and Dom Bertrand (75), Prince Imperial. Also present were Princess Alix’ cousins, Prince Rafael of Brazil and Prince Pedro Alberto de Orleans-Bragança. Princess Alix and Count Guillaume will marry in two months in Belgium. They invited their … Continue reading

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Royal Gathering in Monaco to Honour King Juan Carlos I

  April 28, 2016 at 11:29 am by

On April 21st Don Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon organised a party in Monaco to honour his cousin, King Juan Carlos I of Spain. The event would have been largely unnoticed by the photo agencies and consequently the royal online community, were it not for prince Jean of France. The duke of Vendôme shared some photos of the event on his blog that were taken by David Nivière. Among the guests were … Continue reading

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Happy 90th Birthday To The Dowager Princess Napoléon

  April 4, 2016 at 10:40 am by

Princess Alix Napoléon is celebrating her 90th birthday today. She was born as Alix de Foresta on April 4th 1926 in Marseille, France as the daughter of Count Albéric de Foresta and Geneviève Fredet. Her paternal family were loyal supporters of the house of Bourbon. Her engagement to Prince Louis Napoléon, chef of the imperial house, therefore came as a great surprise. The two married on August 16th 1949 in … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cadaval: “We Want More Children”

  April 1, 2016 at 4:22 am by

Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orleans, Duke of Anjou, his with Duchess Diane de Cadaval and their daughter Princess Isabelle featured last weeks Hola! magazine. The family posed at their home in Estoril, near Lisbon. The Duchess told the magazine that she and her husband would love to have more children She also added that her daughter Isabelle would especially love to have a brother. The Duke told the magazine that although his … Continue reading

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Royals, Nobles and Celebrities In Ivory Coast

  March 14, 2016 at 10:53 am by

The Duke of Anjou and his wife the Duchess of Cadaval are in the Ivory Coast to visit a project of the ‘Children of Africa’ fund. The Duke posted several pictures on his Facebook page. They were not the only royals who visited the project: the socialite Princess Ira von Fürstenberg is also in Africa, as are Prince Edouard and Princess Isabella de Ligne de La Trémoïlle. The group was also … Continue reading

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Duke of Anjou and Duchess of Cadaval Take Daughter on First Ski Vacation

  March 2, 2016 at 4:29 am by

Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Anjou and his wife Diane, Duchess of Cadaval shared some phots of their skiing trip on social media. The Duke said it is the first time their daugher Princess Isabelle is learning to ski. The family went to the ski resort of Baqueira-Beret, in the Spanish Pyrenees. Although there was a lot of snow, the winter sun failed to get through. The duke, duchess and … Continue reading

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Wedding Date and Location Set: June 18th at Beloeil Castle

  February 27, 2016 at 4:36 am by

According to the French blog ‘noblesse et royautés’, Princess Alix de Ligne and her fiancé Count Guillaume de Dampierre have set their wedding date. The religious wedding will be at June 18th 2016 at the bride’s family seat: Beloeil Castle close to Mons, Belgium. In an interview with French magazine ‘Point de Vue’, the Princess revealed that she will be wearing a dress from Belgian designer Gerald Watelet, a great … Continue reading

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Under The Hammer II: Napoleontic Collection of US Billionaire

  February 26, 2016 at 5:10 am by

US billionaire Christopher Forbes, Vice President of Forbes publishing company, has been an avid collector of art and items related to Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie and the Second Empire. It all started when Forbes’ father gave him a portrait of Napoleon III when he was in his teens. On 5 and 6 March 2016 Mr. Forbes will sell the collection which took him years to acquire. Forbes decided to … Continue reading

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Alix de Ligne Engaged To Count Guillaume Dampierre

  February 13, 2016 at 2:38 am by

In the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’, the engement was announced between Princess Alix de Ligne and the French Count Guillaume Dampierre. The princess is the daughter of Michel, 14th Prince de Ligne, and Princess Eleonora of Brazil. Her paternal grand mother is Princess Alix of Luxembourg, sister of Grand Duke Jean. Count Guillaume was born in if the son of Count Audouin Dampierre and Roseline Alvare de Biaudos de Casteja. … Continue reading

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Marriage Certificate of Napoleon and Joséphine Up For Auction

  January 26, 2016 at 6:15 am by

French auction house Osenat has announced that a lot in one of their upcoming auctions is the religious marriage certificate of Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais. The certificate, demanded by Pope Pius VII in order for him to attend the coronation of Napoleon in December 1804 (until then the couple had only had a civil service, not a Catholic marriage ceremony), is part of the collection of American billionaire Christopher … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme Expecting their Fourth Child

  December 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm by

It has recently been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme are expecting their fourth child. Their three older children are Prince Gaston (b. 2009), Princess Antoinette (b. 2012) and Princess Louise-Marguerite (b. 2014). The baby will also be the eleventh grandchild of the Count of Paris, the Orléanist claimant to the former French throne. The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme were married in a civil ceremony on 10 … Continue reading

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200th Anniversary of Waterloo Commemorations Begin in Belgium

  June 17, 2015 at 6:56 pm by

Commemorations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo begun today in Belgium, where King Philippe and Queen Mathilde hosted a dinner for the descendants of the battle’s main commanders. Attending were Prince Jean-Christoph Napoleon, the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro, Prince Nicolaus Blücher and his son and daughter-in-law, Prince Pieter-Christiaan of the Netherlands, and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg. View image | Earlier in the day, … Continue reading

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The Duke of Vendôme Turns Fifty

  May 19, 2015 at 3:00 am by

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 … Continue reading

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French Aristocrat Michèle de Castelbajac Found Murdered

  November 15, 2014 at 4:34 am by

On October 12, Vicomtesse Michèle de Castelbajac, a French aristocrat, was murdered at her home, the Château de Caumont. She was seventy-eight years old. It is believed that the Vicomtesse was murdered by a young man aged twenty-eight from the Lot-et-Garonne area of France. When the police were alerted of the Vicomtesse’s murder, her skull had been cracked and she was found lying in a pool of blood at her … Continue reading

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Princess Louise-Marguerite of Orléans Christened in Druex

  September 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm by

Princess Louise-Marguerite of Orléans, the little daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, who are pretenders to the former French throne, was christened at the Royal Chapel in Dreux, France last weekend. Her godparents are Archduke Michael of Austria, Alvaro de Orléans y Borbón, the Duke of Luynes, Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg and Princess Marguerite of Liechtenstein. The assistants at the christening were Princess Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Montpensier, Princess … Continue reading

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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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