Thursday, August 7, 2014

Duke of Vendome wants to serve

August 7, 1914

Prince Emmanuel of Orléans, Duke of Vendome, who is the brother-in-law of the King of the Belgians, has written to the French Minister of War, seeking permission to "serve on the eastern front, even as a common soldier," reports the New York Times.

French President Poincare met with the Duke personally, but "regretted that the law passed in 1886, forbids members of the former French royal families from serving in the French army.

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