Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Duke of Alencon & the Duke of Guise

Duke of Guise

New to my collection:

The Duke of Alencon (1844-1910) and the Duke of Guise.

Prince Ferdinand Philippe Marie of France (1844-1910) was the son of Prince Louis Charles Philippe Raphael, Duke of Nemours, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who was Queen Victoria's first cousin.

In September 1868, Ferdinand married Duchess Sophie in Bavaria, a sister of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

They had two children:  Louise (1869-1952) who married Prince Alfons of Bavaria and Emmanuel, Duke of Vendome, who married Princess Henriette of Belgium.

Prince Jean Pierre Clément Marie of Orleans, Duke of Guise (1874-1940) was the son of the Duke and Duchess of Chartres.   He married his first cousin,  Princess Isabelle of Orleans.

The current head of the Royal House of France, Prince Henri, Count of Paris, is the Duke of Guise's grandson.

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