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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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The Duchess of Vendôme and Prince Gaston visit Salon de l’Agriculture

  February 24, 2011 at 6:20 am by

HRH the Duchess of Vendôme, Princess Philomena of Orléans, and her son, Prince Gaston, visited the Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris, France, on February 22, 2011. The little Prince was most interested in the cows, chickens, donkeys and Irish Greyhounds. The Salon de l’Agriculture is an agricultural trade fair that takes place from February 19 till February 27, 2011. More information about the trade fair can be found at their … Continue reading

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First Birthday of Prince Gaston of Orléans

  November 24, 2010 at 5:31 am by

HRH Prince Gaston of Orléans, the son of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, Prince Jean and Princess Philomena of France, celebrated his first birthday on November 19, 2010. After his father, Prince Gaston is second in line to the headship of the Royal family. On his birthday, his father chaired the Gens de France meeting and both the Duke and the Duchess attended the reception after the meeting. … Continue reading

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The Duke of Vendôme chairs Gens de France meeting

  November 20, 2010 at 7:55 am by

The Duke of Vendôme, Prince Jean of France, chaired a meeting of the associaton “Gens de France” on November 19, 2010 in Paris. Gens de France translates as “People of France” and the Duke is the president of Gens de France. The wife of the Duke, HRH Princess Philomena, and the brother of the Duke, HRH the Duke of Angoulême, Prince Eudes of France, also attended the meeting. The association … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Vendôme Visit ‘Their’ Duchy

  November 1, 2010 at 8:03 am by

Prince Jean of France, Duke of Vendôme, and his wife Princess Philomena visited the city of Vendôme on October 28th. They were invited by the mayor of the city, Mme Catherine Lockartand by the director of the institute of National Patrimony, Mr. Roch Payet to attend a ceremony organized to inaugurate the restored bust of King Henri IV. The buste is situated in the parc of Chateau Vendôme, a castle … Continue reading

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Prince Sixte Henri Tries to Stop Japanese Pop Art Exposition at Versailles

  October 25, 2010 at 7:44 am by

Prince Sixte Henri of Bourbon-Parma (uncle of the Duke of Parma) and a palace of Versailles defence group are trying to start a law suit to stop the exhibition of the works of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Twenty two works of neo-pop-art artist Murakami are exhibited in the palace of Versailles and its gardens from September 14th to December 12th 2010. Murakami is regarded as a founder of the ‘super … Continue reading

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Princess Michael and the Duchess of Orléans Commemorate Diane of Poitiers

  June 17, 2010 at 11:05 am by

On May 29th the remains of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henri II of France, was reinterred at the Chateau d’Anet. The ceremony was attended by the Duchess of France, sister-in-law to the pretender of the French throne, and by princess Michael of Kent. Princess Michael wrote the book ‘The Serpent and the Moon’ about the rivalry between Henri II’s wife Catherine de Medici and his mistress Diane of … Continue reading

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Duke of Anjou and Duchess of Cadaval on Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

  February 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm by

Prince Charles Philippe d’Orleans, duke of Anjou, and his Portuguese wife, princess Diane d’Orleans, duchess of Anjou, duchess of Cadaval went on a pilgrimage to Israel with a delegation of the order of Saint Lazare, and its chairman the count Piccapietra. The group went to the holy land in the first week of January, as can be read on the website of the duke. The group visited the mount of … Continue reading

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Princesses Attend Telva Beauty Awards 2010

  January 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm by

The Spanish fashion magazine Telva organised its annual Telva Beauty Awards yesterday. The event was held in Madrid and was attended by a lot of Spanish celebrities and socialites. Among the guests was princess Beatrice d’Orléans, who has been living in Spain for decades. The princess was dressed in a grey coat and showed her best smile to the photographers. Another royal guest was princess Carla of Bulgaria, daughter-in-law of … Continue reading

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Requiem Mass For King Louis XVI

  January 27, 2010 at 9:29 am by

On January 21st, it was exactly 216 years ago that King Louis XVI was guillotined in front of a cheering crowd at the place de la revolution (now place de la Concorde). To commemorate his death, a requiem mass was held in the church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois by Monseigneur Renauld de Dinechin. The reqieum mass was attended by a lot of people, among them the count of Paris, pretender … Continue reading

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