Friday, April 29, 2016

Prince Victor Napoleon stricken

April 29, 1926

Prince Victor Napoleon is said to be "seriously ill" in Brussels, according to the New York Times.  The Bonapartist pretender to the French throne suffered a stroke last night.  Friends fear for his life.

Prince Victor is 64 years old.  He was born at Meudon, near Paris, in 1862.  He is a descendant of Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia, a younger brother of the "great Emperor."   In 1910, he married Princess Clementine, the youngest daughter, of King Leopold II of the Belgians.   They have two children, Princess Marie Clothilde, 14 and 12-year-old Prince Louis.

Following the passage of a French law in 1888 that forbids members of the former ruling dynasties to live in France,  Prince Victor has lived in exile.  He succeeded his father as the Bonapartist heir in 1891.

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