THE ROYAL HOUSE OF BOURBON

 

 

B: HOUSE OF ORLÉANS (FRANCE)

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Descended from Philippe, Duke of Orléans (b 21 Sep 1640; d 9 Jun 1701), First Prince of the Blood Royal (Premier Prince du Sang Royal), see above A, invested with the Duchy-Peerages of Orléans, Valois and Chartres, and the Lordship of Montargis, as an apanage Mar 1661 (registered Paris 10 May 1661). The Duchy-Peerage of Nemours, added with other properties 24 Apr 1672 (registered Paris 3 Sep 1672), the Duchy of Montpensier, the Principalities of Roche-sur-Yon and the Luc (this sold by exchange 1770), and Joinville, and the Dauphiné of Auvergne, and other properties inherited 27 Feb 1693, Montpensier erected in Duchy-Peerage, Mar 1695 (registered Paris 20 Apr 1695). Philippe, 2nd Duke of Orléans (b at Saint-Cloud 2 Aug 1674; d at Versailles 2 Dec 1723), was Regent of France 2 Sep 1715 - 16 Feb 1723, signed reciprocal renunciation to the Throne of Spain 1712 confirmed in Royal Letters Patent 10 Mar 1713 and incorporated into the Treaty of Utrecht of 11 Apr 1713. Louis-Philippe-Joseph d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans, etc (b 13 Apr 1747; exec 6 Nov 1793), substituted the name Egalité for his royal titles and styles 26 Jun 1791 ("je renonce dans ce moment pour toujours au droit que la constitution m’y donne…") in a statement published in the Moniteur Universel, 28 Jun 1791. His son and heir, Louis-Philippe, Duke of Chartres, who during the Revolution used the name citoyen Chartres (b 6 Oct 1773; d 26 Aug 1850), succ his father as Duke of Orléans, etc, 1793, accorded style Royal Highness for himself and his family by Charles X, 21 Sep 1824, protested against the repeal of Salic Law in Spain 29 Mar 1830. Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Premier Prince du Sang Royal, named Lt-Gen of the Kingdom by Charles X, 1 Aug 1830, but declared King of the French by the Chamber of Deputies 7 Aug 1830, and was sworn as Louis-Philippe I, 9 Aug 1830. Following the revolution of 1848, he abdicated in favor of his grandson the Count of Paris 24 Feb 1848. Louis-Philippe I had issue six sons, of whom the eldest died leaving two sons, Louis-Philippe, Count of Paris (b 24 Aug 1838; d 8 Sep 1894), and Robert, Duke of Chartres (b 9 Nov 1840; d 5 Dec 1910). Louis-Philippe, Count of Paris proclaimed himself Head of the Royal House of France following the death of Henri V, Count of Chambord (see above), on the basis of the validity of the renunciations of 1712-13, on 29 Aug 1883, but was exiled from France 24 Jun 1886. On the death of his son, Philippe, Duke of Orléans (b 6 Feb 1869; d 28 Mar 1926), representation passed to the younger son of the Duke of Chartres, Jean, Duke of Guise (b 4 Sep 1874; d 25 Aug 1940), who proclaimed himself Head of the House of France 1926, father of the present Head of the House. Members of this line have the title of Prince or Princess of Orléans with the qualification of Royal Highness; the issue of the Head of the House use the titles Prince or Princess of France.

Arms:- (Orléans) Arms:- Az, three fleurs-de-lys or, a labl argent. Supporters:- Two angels vested of a dalmatic crown of the arms of France, each holding a banner of the arms of France, all ppr. The head of the House uses the plain Arms of France (see above).

GENEALOGY OF THE ROYAL FAMILY OF ORLÉANS