Friday, September 5, 2014

Princess Yolande of Bourbon-Parma +

Princess Yolande of Bourbon-Parma died on September 2, 2014.  Her funeral will take place at 3 p.m., at the Chapelle des Dames Augustines at Saint-Germain-en-Laye on September 9.

Princess Yolande was born at Paris on April 26, 1928, the daughter of Prince Joseph de Broglie-Revel and Marguerite de la Cour de Balleroy.  On June 9, 1951, she married Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, son of Prince Rene of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margrethe of Denmark.   She was 86  years old.

The couple had five children, Princess Inés (1952-1981),  Prince Erik (1953), Princess Sybil (1954), Princess Victoire (1957-2001) and Prince Charles-Emmanuel (1961).  

A marital estrangement followed after Prince Michel began a relationship with Princess Maria Pia of Italy, the wife of Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, a close friend of Prince Michel.   In March 1963,  Princess Maria Pia gave birth a second set of twins, Princess Helene and Prince Serge.  (Her first set of twins, Prince Dimitri and Prince Michel were born in 1958.  The latter twin was named for Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma.)

The Yugoslav marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1967.  A year earlier,  Prince Michel and Princess Yolande separated, although the Princess, a devout Roman Catholic, would not agree to a divorce.   It was not until 1999, when the princess finally consented to end the marriage. Three years later, Prince Michel married Princess Maria Pia in a civil ceremony in Florida.  (Neither Princess Helene nor Princess Serge have a close relationship with their official father, but are close to Prince Michel.)

Princess Yolande is survived by three of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family.

The Photo shows Prince and Princess Charles-Emmanuel and Princess Yolande, where Prince Charles-Emmanuel is receiving the Medal of Honor.

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