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I would like to start a thread about King Louis Philippes children, and their spouses. I'm especially interested in the Duke(?) and Duchess Joinville. Thanks for any info. :)

Well, I think a list is in order!

Louis Philippe and his wife Marie-Amelie of Sicily had the following children:

* Ferdinand Philippe (1810-1842), Crown Prince of France, Duc de Chatres, Duc d'Orleans. He married Princess Helene of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and had two sons.

* Princess Louise d'Orleans (1812-1850). She married Leopold I, King of the Beligians, and had three sons and one daughter.

* Princess Marie d'Orleans (1813-1839). She married Alexander, Duke of Wurttemburg and had one son.

* Louis (1814-1896), Duc de Nemours. He married Princess Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and had two sons and two daughters.

* Princess Francoise Louis Caroline d'Orleans (1816-1818).

* Princess Clementine d'Orleans (1817-1907). She married Prince Augustus of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and had three sons and two daughters.

* Francois (1818-1900), Prince de Joinville. He married Francisca de Braganca, daughter of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil and had one son and one daughter.

* Charles-Ferdinand Philippe Emmanuel (1820-1828), Duc de Penthieve.

* Henri (1822-1897), Duc d'Aumale. He married Maria Carolina of the Two Siciles and had four sons.

* Antoine (1824-1890), Duc de Montpensier. He married Luisa of Spain and had five daughters and four sons.

Ferdinand Philippe Louis Charles Henri Joseph  was born on 3 September 1810. He was Duc de Chatres from birth and Duc d'Orleans from 1830, when his father became King of the French.

His wife, Helene of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, was born on January 24 1814. She gave him two children:

* Philippe, Comte de Paris (1838-1894). He married Maria Isabelle d'Orleans, daughter of Ferdinand's brother Antoine, and they had 8 children, including Helene d'Orleans, who was betrothed to Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.

* Robert, Duc de Chatres (1840-1910). He married Francoise d'Orleans, daughter of Ferdinand's brother Francois.

Apparently, Ferdinand and Helene were a very happy couple, until he very sadly died in a carriage accident in 1840. Helene died 16 years later, still distraught. She died in England, having fled France in 1848.

Louis Charles Philippe Raphael, duc de Nemours, was born on 25 October 1814 at the Palais Royal in Paris. When he was 12 he was nominated Colonel of the first regiment of chasseurs, and in 1825 his name was linked with the throne of Greece.

He was in fact elected King of the Belgians in 1831, but his father King Louis Philippe rejected the offer on his behalf.

He saw active service at the siege of Antwerp in 1831, and came very close to danger.

In 1840 he married Princess Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, daughter of Duke Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. His importance increased with the death of his elder brother Ferdinand, since that made him regent designate in the case of his young nephew, the Comte de Paris, suddenly becoming King.

He bravely stayed in the Tuileries during the 1848 revolution, and only managed to escape France by disguising as a national guard. In England, he lived with his parents in Claremont. He did his best, after his father's death, to reunite the two warring sides of the Bourbon royal house - that of the Comte de Chambord and the Orleanist side.

In fact, Louis and his brother the Prince of Joinville said they would allow the tricolour to be the official flag of France if the Royal family was restored, something which the Comte de Chambord of the others refused to do. As we know, it was all in vain.

He returned to France in 1871 and took up his position in the army again. He was President of the Red Cross and an important part of Parisian society until the 1880s.

He died at Versailles in 1896, Duchess Viktoria having died in 1857. She had given him these children:

   * Louis Philippe Marie Ferdinand Gaston, comte d'Eu (1842-1922), who married Isabella, eldest daughter of Don Pedro II of Brazil. His great-grandson, Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza is the current presumptive heir to the throne of Portugal.
   * Ferdinand Philippe Marie, duc d'Alençon (July 12, 1844 - June 29, 1910), who married Sophie Charlotte Augustine Duchess in Bavaria (1847-1897), sister of the empress Elizabeth of Austria ("Sisi"), and who had been for a time engaged to Ludwig II of Bavaria
   * Margaret (1846-1893), who married Prince Ladislas Czartoryski
   * Blanche (b. 1857).

More tomorrow!  :)


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