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d'Harcourt

The House of Harcourt is a Norman family.
In 1280 they established the College d'Harcourt in Paris.
The College d'Harcourt is now the Lycee Saint-Louis.
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La Baronesa de Cabrol, leyenda de la alta sociedad francesa
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The Duchess de Noailles, née Nadèje Donin, passed away on 13 November 2014, a few days short of her 69th birthday.

She was born on 25 November 1945; she was the wife, since 1972, of Hélie de Noailles, who at the time of their wedding was the Duke d'Ayen and since 2009 is the 10th Duke de Noailles.
She is survived by him and by their three children (Julie, Maria-Alicia and Emmanuel, Duke d'Ayen).

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In the English edition of Hello, there is a three page spread about the Duke of Blacas and his family, who own the Château d'Ussé in the Loire Valley, which was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle. You can find an online PDF version of the spread below:

http://takeapeek.hellomagazine.com/U.../documento.pdf
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In the English edition of Hello, there is a three page spread about the Duke of Blacas and his family, who own the Château d'Ussé in the Loire Valley, which was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle. You can find an online PDF version of the spread below:

http://takeapeek.hellomagazine.com/U.../documento.pdf
I was reading that last week HereditaryPrincess,I had never heard of them but the family seem to have an interesting history plus a picturesque chateau!

I believe one is his ancestors is buried at the Franciscan church Kostanjevica in Slovenia,resting place of Charles X and members of the exiled French Royal Family.
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I had never heard of the family either until I read the article. 'Duke of Blacas' sounds more Spanish to me than French (though the 'd'Aulps' part of their title does indeed sound more French), or perhaps Portuguese. (But according to their Wikipedia page, the family have always been French.) They must be quite well connected though, because they are related to the Counts de Limburg-Stirum, which I do believe is one of the oldest titles of the Belgian nobility.

This Wikipedia page would be a good place to start for those like me who want to learn more about the family:

Blacas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And the website of the Château d'Useé:

Welcome to Sleeping Beauty's Castle - Chateau of Uss?
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CHÂTEAU DE BRÉZÉ
Château de la Loire avec château de brézé - un des châteaux de la loire - CHATEAU DE BREZE - Maine et Loire
Family Dreux-Brézé
Famille de Dreux-Brézé — Wikipédia
Liste des marquis de Dreux-Brézé — Wikipédia
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The House of Murat

I was wondering, are all members of house Murat ranked as His/Her Highness or are they, aside from the head and heir, Serene Highnesses?
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Countess Alexandre de La Rochefoucauld, Duchess d'Estissac, née Antoinette de Moustier, passed away on 29 June 2015, aged 91.

She was born on 27 September 1923 in Paris, daughter of Count Pierre de Moustier and of his wife, née Élisabeth de Talhouët-Roy.
She married in 12/14 October 1943 to Count Alexandre de La Rochefoucauld (1917-2008), eldest son and heir of the Duke d'Estissac. On the same days her twin sister Marie-Agnès married to Count Jean de La Rochefoucauld, brother of Alexandre.
The Duke and Duchess d'Estissac became parents of six children: Jeanne (Princess Bernard de Polignac), Nathalie (Countess Pierre de Bernis Calvière), Pierre-Louis (current Duke d'Estissac), Claude (Mrs. Antoine de Burin de Roziers), Emmanuel and Philibert.
She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Avis de décès de Antoinette de MOUSTIER paru le 30/06/2015 dans L'Est Républicain - Libra Memoria
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Twins who married brothers? That's very interesting...charming!
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It was not an usual practice in french upper classes and aristocracy that brothers married sisters, sometimes the same day. More recently, someone I know fell in love with his sister-in-law's sister, and married her. Two brothers have wed two sisters in his family, and everyone is happy.
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Thank you Sancia, I didn't know that.

The family holiday dinners and get togethers must be very interesting!
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Prince Bernard de Polignac died on 24 July 2015, aged 70.

He was born on 6 September 1944, the second son of Prince Hubert de Polignac and of his wife, née Radégonde Moulart de Vilmarest.
He was married since 30 June 1967 to Jeanne de La Rochefoucauld, the eldest daughter of the late Duke and (the recently deceased) Duchess d'Estissac and sister of the current Duke. They were parents of two sons, Prince Guillaume and Prince François de Polignac.
He is survived by his wife, their children, their daughter-in-law (née Constance Mysyrowicz, wife of François) and four grandchildren.

Avis de décès - Prince Bernard DE POLIGNAC - Avis obsèques - La Jumellière (49) - Dans nos coeurs
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I had never heard of the family either until I read the article. 'Duke of Blacas' sounds more Spanish to me than French (though the 'd'Aulps' part of their title does indeed sound more French), or perhaps Portuguese. (But according to their Wikipedia page, the family have always been French.) They must be quite well connected though, because they are related to the Counts de Limburg-Stirum, which I do believe is one of the oldest titles of the Belgian nobility.

This Wikipedia page would be a good place to start for those like me who want to learn more about the family:

Blacas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And the website of the Château d'Useé:

Welcome to Sleeping Beauty's Castle - Chateau of Uss?
I don't know the origin of the name, but "Blacas" doesn't sound Portuguese to me (the Portuguese cognate would be most likely "Bracas"). The name is not Occitan/Catalan either.
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Prince Bernard de Polignac died on 24 July 2015, aged 70.

He was born on 6 September 1944, the second son of Prince Hubert de Polignac and of his wife, née Radégonde Moulart de Vilmarest.
He was married since 30 June 1967 to Jeanne de La Rochefoucauld, the eldest daughter of the late Duke and (the recently deceased) Duchess d'Estissac and sister of the current Duke. They were parents of two sons, Prince Guillaume and Prince François de Polignac.
He is survived by his wife, their children, their daughter-in-law (née Constance Mysyrowicz, wife of François) and four grandchildren.

Avis de décès - Prince Bernard DE POLIGNAC - Avis obsèques - La Jumellière (49) - Dans nos coeurs
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Repose en paix, monseigneur.

Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, Princess Stéphanie, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella are male lineage agnates of the House de Polignac.

Charlotte de Monaco
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I don't know the origin of the name, but "Blacas" doesn't sound Portuguese to me (the Portuguese cognate would be most likely "Bracas"). The name is not Occitan/Catalan either.
This is an old post of mine from last November, but it's interesting to hear that "Blacas" isn't of Occitan or Catalan origins. So that would rule out any possible Spanish/French/Portuguese origins of the name.
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Prince Bernard de Polignac died on 24 July 2015, aged 70.

He was born on 6 September 1944, the second son of Prince Hubert de Polignac and of his wife, née Radégonde Moulart de Vilmarest.
He was married since 30 June 1967 to Jeanne de La Rochefoucauld, the eldest daughter of the late Duke and (the recently deceased) Duchess d'Estissac and sister of the current Duke. They were parents of two sons, Prince Guillaume and Prince François de Polignac.
He is survived by his wife, their children, their daughter-in-law (née Constance Mysyrowicz, wife of François) and four grandchildren.

Avis de décès - Prince Bernard DE POLIGNAC - Avis obsèques - La Jumellière (49) - Dans nos coeurs
Polignac
I think that the La Rochefoucaulds also loomed large in 18th century France at the Court of the Bourbons?
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Repose en paix, monseigneur.

Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, Princess Stéphanie, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella are male lineage agnates of the House de Polignac.

Charlotte de Monaco
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Yes, although their common ancestors date back to the 18th century; more precisely they are all descendants from the first Duke de Polignac and of his wife, née Yolande de Polastron (Queen Marie Antoinette's favourite).

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I think that the La Rochefoucaulds also loomed large in 18th century France at the Court of the Bourbons?
Yes, they did indeed, they were one of the most prominent families of the French aristocracy.
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Which are the richest noble families of France? Are any as rich as those in Britain?
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