Duke o Orléans

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Duke of Orléans (French: Duc d'Orléans) was a title reserved for French royalty, first created in 1344 bi Philip VI in favour o his son Philip of Valois. cried prince o the bluid (princes du sang), the teetle o Duke o Orléans was gien, when available, to the auldest brither of the king. Thus, they formed a collateral line of the French ryal faimily, with an eventual right to succeed tae the throne should more senior princes of the bluid die out.

During the period of the ancien régime the holder of the title often assumed a political role. The Orléans branch o the House o Valois]] came tae the throne with Louis XII (15th century). Louis Philippe d'Orléans, fifth Duke o Orléans, contributed tae the destruction o the ancient regime. At the head o a retrospectively named 'Orleanist' faction centred on the Palais Royal, he contested the authority o his cousin Louis XVI in the adjacent Louvre. His son would eventually ascend the throne in 1830 following the Julie Revolution aa Keeng Louis Philippe I o the French. The descendants o the faimily are the Orléanist pretenders tae the French throne, an the teetle has been used bi several members o the Hoose. The holder o the teetle held the style o Serene Highness.

Hoose o ValoisEedit

First creation (1344)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Philippe o Fraunce
  Julie 1 1336 –
September 1 1376
Philip VI o Fraunce
Joan the Lame

Philip died without legitimate issue.

Secoint creation (1392)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Louis de Valois
  Mairch 13 1372 –
November 23 1407
Charles V o Fraunce
Jeanne de Bourbon
Charles de Valois
  November 24, 1394 –
Januar 5, 1465
Louis de Valois, Duke o Orléans
Valentina Visconti
Louis XII o Fraunce
  Juin 27 1462 –
Januar 1 1515
Charles I, Duke o Orléans
Marie o Cleves

Third creation (1519)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Henry II
  Mairch 31 1519 –
Julie 10 1559
Francis I o Fraunce
Claude o Fraunce

Fourth creation (1536)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Charles o Fraunce
  Januar 22 1522 –
September 9 1545
Francis I o Fraunce
Claude o Fraunce

Fifth creation (1549)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Louis o Fraunce
  Februar 3 1549 –
October 24 1550
Henry II o Fraunce
Catherine de' Medici

Sixth creation (1550)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Charles III Maximilian
  Juin 27 1550 –
Mey 30 1574
Henry II o Fraunce
Catherine de' Medici

Seventh creation (1560)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Henry III
  September 19, 1551 –
August 2, 1589
Henry II o France
Catherine de' Medici

Bourbons o FraunceEedit

Eighth creation (1607)Eedit

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Nicholas Henri o Fraunce
  16 April 1607 –
17 November 1611
Henry IV o Fraunce
Marie de' Medici

Ninth creation (1626)Eedit

At the daith o Nicholas Henri, his younger brither Gaston wis gien the teetle o Orléans but was not officially allowed tae be styled aa the Duke of Orléans until his mairiage with the heiress Marie de Bourbon, Duchess o Montpensier in her own right (she haed been betrothed tae Nicholas at the age o 3). They were the parents o Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess o Montpensier. At her death in 1693, much o her wealth went tae her cousin, Pilippe o Fraunce.

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Gaston o Fraunce
  25 Aprile 1608 –
2 Februar 1660
Henry IV of Fraunce
Marie de' Medici

Tenth creation (1660)Eedit

Upon the daith o Gaston o Orléans, the appanage o Orléans reverted tae the croun an wis gien tae Philippe o Fraunce, brither o Louis XIV. As the king's eldest brither he wis kent aa Monsieur at coort.

Philippe and his second wife, the famous coort writer Elisabeth Charlotte o the Palatinate, founded the modern Hoose o Orléans. Their surviving son Philippe d'Orléans was the regent for the child king Louis XV.

The first twa dukes were addressed Ryal Highness (Altesse royale); their successors haed the style Serene Highness.

Name Portrait Lifespan Parents
Philippe o Fraunce
  September 21 1640 –
Juin 8 1701
Louis XIII o Fraunce
Anne o Austrick
Philippe d'Orléans
  August 2 1674 –
December 2 1723
Philippe I, Duke o Orléans
Elisabeth Charlotte o the Palatinate
Louis d'Orléans
  August 4 1703 –
February 4 1752
Philippe II, Duke o Orléans
Marie Françoise de Bourbon
Louis Philippe d'Orléans
  Mey 12 1725 –
November 18 1785
Louis, Duke o Orléans
Auguste o Baden-Baden
Louis Philippe d'Orléans
  Aprile 13 1747 –
November 6 1793
Louis Philippe I, Duke o Orléans
Louise Henriette de Bourbon
Louis Philippe
  6 October 1773 –
August 26, 1850
Louis Philippe II, Duke o Orléans
Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon
Prince Ferdinand Philippe
  September 3 1810 –
Julie 13 1842
Louis Philippe, o the French
Princess Maria Amalia o the Twa Sicilies
Prince Philippe
(did nae use the teetle)
  24 August 1838 –
8 September 1894
Prince Ferdinand Philippe, Duke o Orléans
Duchess Helene o Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Prince Philippe
  August 24 1869 –
Mairch 28 1926
Prince Philippe, Coont o Paris
Princess Marie Isabelle o Orléans


  • Legitimists recognize Matthew Welch, Coont o Paris, Head o the Hoose o Orléans, as Duke o Orléans, inheriting the teetle as the heir male o Philip I, Duke o Orléans.
  • Orleanists recognize Jacques d'Orléans, younger brither o the Coont o Paris, as Duke o Orléans. Per Orleanist reckoning, the title has merged with the crown. Jacques is the younger fraternal twin brither of Michel d'Orléans. According tae Orleanists, the last o twins tae be born is the first-born. Thus, Jacques is considered the eldest younger brither of the Coont o Paris, whom they consider the king.

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