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Philippe Charles, Duke of Anjou

French duke
The basics
Date of birth Saint-Germain-en-Laye, canton of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, arrondissement of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines
Date of death Jul 10, 1671 Saint-Germain-en-Laye, canton of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, arrondissement of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines
Sister(s): Princess Anne Élisabeth of France Marie Thérèse Madame Royale Louise Marie Anne de Bourbon Françoise Marie de Bourbon Louise Françoise de Bourbon Duchess of Bourbon Marie Anne de Bourbon Princess Marie Anne of France
Mother: Marie Thérèse of Austria
Brother(s): Louis Count of Vermandois Louis Auguste Duke of Maine Louis César Count of Vexin Louis François Duke of Anjou Louis Alexandre Count of Toulouse Louis Grand Dauphin
Father: Louis XIV of France
The details

Philippe-Charles of France, Duke of Anjou (Philippe-Charles de France, duc d'Anjou; 5 August 1668 - 10 July 1671) was the fifth child and second son of Louis XIV of France, King of France and his wife, the Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain, and as such was a Fils de France.


Philippe-Charles de France, born at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, was the second son of the Louis XIV, and titled duc d'Anjou at birth, title previously held by his uncle, Philippe de France, duc d'Orléans, younger brother of Louis XIV. He was baptised at the Chapelle des Tuileries à Paris on 24 March 1669.

As the younger son of the king, Philippe-Charles was not expected to become the Dauphin; however, it was hoped he would inherit the vast fortune of his second cousin, Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier, who had no children. According to Nancy Mitford, the Queen, his mother, suggested it many times. While at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Anjou died of a chest infection, like his elder sister, Anne-Élisabeth de France had died six years before his birth. Upon his death, the appanage of the Duchy of Anjou reverted to the Crown, and was given to his younger brother, Louis François. Philippe Charles was buried on 12 July 1671, at the Basilica of Saint-Denis.

At the death of the Duchess of Montpensier in 1693, her fortune went to her direct and legal heir, the House of Orléans (Philippe's uncle Philippe I, Duke of Orléans).



Philippe Charles, Duke of Anjou
House of Bourbon
Born: 5 August 1668 Died: 10 July 1671
French nobility
Preceded by
Philippe de France, Duke of Orléans
Duke of Anjou
Succeeded by
Louis-François de France
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