Tuesday, August 30, 2011

a baby for the Duke and Duchess of Anjou

Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Anjou. and his wife, Diana, 11th Duchess of Cadaval, will become parents in February 2012, reports the latest issue of Point de Vue.

The Duchess of Cadaval is 33 years old. She married Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans on June 21, 2008 at the Cathedral of Evora in Portugal.   Charles-Philippe, 38, received the title Duke of Anjou from his uncle, Prince Henri, Count of Paris, on December 8, 2004.  This was done with the agreement of King Juan Carlos of Spain.

The Duke of Anjou is the third of four children of Prince Michel d'Orléans and Béatrice Pasquier de Franclieu.  According to Béatrice's memoirs,  she first met Prince Michel when he was dating Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark.

Prince Michel's marriage took place at Casablanca on November 18, 1967, without the consent of his father, the Count of Paris.    Because the marriage was non-dynastic,  Béatrice nor the couple's four children were styled with royal titles.  It was not until 1976 when the late Count of Paris permitted Béatrice to be styled as HRH Princess Michel d'Orléans, Countess d'Evreux.  

Prince Henri, Count of Paris, after succeeding to the headship of the family, recognized Michel's wife and children as full members of the royal house.    Prince Michael and Princess Béatrice have been separated since 1994.   Béatrice, a fashion consultant for Dior, blamed the separation on her husband's lack of a career.  They have no plans for divorce.

The Duke of Anjou has two older sisters,  Princess Clotilde, Princess Adelaide, and a younger brother, Prince Francois.


manuel said...

"This was done with the agreement of King Juan Carlos of Spain".
Can you tell us about your source?

"According to Béatrice's memoirs, she first met Prince Michel when he was dating Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark".
Has Beatrice written her memoirs? She told about Michel and Irene in an interview to the Sunday's magazine of "El Mundo", AFAIK.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Beatrice wrote a series of articles and was interviewed in several Spanish publications, and the El Mundo article is very much a memoir.

manuel said...

I have finally learnt to post comments on your blog. I hope my name (manuel) is now shown in my messages. I am new with this gmail account.
Thanks for explaining than an article can be considered a memoir. I thought the term was not applicable to an interview.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Hi Manuel,

she talks about her life in the interview

Olive said...

Hello Marlene. I also would like to know more of the agreement of King Juan Carlos.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I read it in an article sometime ago .. my gut feeling tells me that Henri asked Juan Carlos if he minded about the title and Juan Carlos, who does not recognize Luis Alfonso as duke of Anjou, said he did not mind .. it was not a formal agreement. After all, Henri is not the King of France