Thursday, 31 January 2019

The Man Who Would Have Been King

Henri d'Orléans, the comte de Paris and Orléanist pretender to the throne of France, has died at the age of 85 on 21 January 2019. He used to regularly visit the Chateau of Amboise, owned by the Fondation Saint Louis set up by his father.

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel.

He was born on 14 June 1933 in Belgium where his family was in exile. The oldest of the descendents of the Orléans branch of the royal family, he inherited his title on the death of his father in 1999. His son Prince Jean de France, 53 years old, will succeed him as head of the House of France and will become the Comte de Paris (Count of Paris).

Their claim to the throne comes from their direct descent from Louis XIV's brother and Philippe Egalité.

Local newspaper report on the Death of Comte de Paris. (in French)


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chm said...

Susan, there is a typo, it is 2019 not 2018. As la Nouvelle République said, Comte de Paris died on the day Louis XVI lost his head on place de la Concorde 226 years ago!

Susan said...

Ta, corrected now.

Katie Zeller said...

Interesting.... I don't know that line still existed.

Susan said...

Yes. There is this lot, the Orléanists, and the Bourbons, who are
Spanish these days.

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