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Princess Isabelle of Orléans

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Date of birth Eu, canton of Eu, arrondissement of Dieppe, Seine-Maritime
Date of death Apr 21, 1961 Larache, Larache, Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco
Children: Henri, Count of Paris Princess Françoise of Orléans (1902–1953) Princess Anne of Orléans Princess Isabelle of Orléans (1900–1983)
Spouse: Prince Jean, Duke of Guise
Sister(s): Amélie of Orléans Princess Hélène of Orléans Princess Louise of Orléans
Mother: Princess Marie Isabelle of Orléans
Father: Prince Philippe, Count of Paris
Brother(s): Prince Philippe Duke of Orléans Prince Ferdinand Duke of Montpensier
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Princess Isabelle of Orléans (Isabelle Marie Laure Mercédès Ferdinande; 7 May 1878 – 21 April 1961) was a member of the French Orleanist royal family and by marriage Duchess of Guise.


Early life

Isabelle was born at Eu, France, the third daughter and fifth child of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris and Infanta Maria Isabel of Spain. In 1886, when she was eight years old, a law was promulgated by the Third Republic that effectively exiled all dynasties who formerly ruled France, whereupon she and her family moved to England.

Marriage and issue

As a young woman, Isabelle had many suitors, chief among them being the future Albert I of Belgium. Albert, however, was forced to end the courtship under pressure from his grand-uncle King Leopold II, who feared that a marriage to the daughter of an exiled pretender to the French throne would result in backlash from the republican government in Paris.

On 30 October 1899, Isabelle married her first cousin Prince Jean, Duke of Guise (1874–1940). Jean was the son of prince Robert, Duke of Chartres (1840–1910) and Françoise d'Orléans (1844–1925). Upon the death of his cousin Philippe of Orléans, Duke of Orléans, claimant to the throne of France as "Philip VIII", the Duke of Guise became, at least for his Orleanist supporters, titular king of France as "Jean III". The title was disputed by members of the Spanish Anjou branch of the family, descended from Louis XIV.

The couple had four children:

Princess Isabelle died in Larache, Morocco.


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