Charles-Philippe d'Orléans

Charles-Philippe d'Orléans
Duke of Anjou
Born (1973-03-03) 3 March 1973 (age 50)
Paris, France
Spouse
Naomi-Valeska Kern
(m. 2023)
IssuePrincess Isabelle d'Orléans
Names
Charles Philippe Marie Louis d'Orléans
HouseOrléans
FatherPrince Michel d'Orléans
MotherBéatrice Pasquier de Franclieu
ReligionRoman Catholic

Charles Philippe Marie Louis d'Orléans (born 3 March 1973) is a member of the House of Orléans. He is the elder of two sons of Prince Michel d'Orléans and his former wife Béatrice Pasquier de Franclieu. His paternal grandfather was Prince Henri d'Orléans, the Orléanist pretender to the French throne. As such, Charles-Philippe takes the traditional royal rank of petit-fils de France with the style of Royal Highness.[1]

Charles-Philippe was an independent candidate in the 2012 French legislative election, standing in the Fifth constituency for French residents overseas, which covers Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Monaco. He finished seventh, with 3.05% of the vote. (Within the constituency, he finished fourth in Portugal, his country of residence, with 7.37%, and fourth also in Monaco, with 5.33%.)[2]

Charles-Philippe served as Grand Master of the Orléans obedience of the Order of Saint Lazarus from 2004 to 2010. Since 2004, he styles himself as "Duke of Anjou".

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 21 June 2008, Charles-Philippe married Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval. The ceremony took place in the Cathedral of Évora. Both husband and wife are Capetians, descending in unbroken male line from King Robert II of France (972–1031), Charles-Philippe through the elder son, King Henry I of France, via the cadet branch of the House of Bourbon-Orléans, and Diana from his younger son Robert I, Duke of Burgundy through the royal (though illegitimate) Portuguese branch of the House of Braganza. The couple are also fifth cousins once-removed through shared descent from King Francis I of the Two Sicilies.[citation needed]

The couple's only child, Princess Isabelle d'Orléans, was born on 22 February 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal.[3] Her godparents are Princess Maria Theodora zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and Felipe VI of Spain (then Prince of Asturias).

In December 2022, their divorce was announced.[4]

In March 2023, his engagement to Monegasque shooting champion and former model[5] Naomi-Valeska Kern (née Salz), widow of the German fashion designer Otto Kern,[6] was announced.[7]

On 9 September 2023, he married Naomi-Valeska in a civil ceremony.[8]

Politics[edit]

Charles-Philippe was an independent candidate in the 2012 French legislative election, standing in the Fifth constituency for French residents overseas, which covers Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Monaco. As a candidate, he described himself as "strongly attached to France's republican values", adding that he might subsequently join "a recomposed centre-right party".[9][10] He finished seventh, with 3.05% of the vote. (Within the constituency, he finished fourth in Portugal, his country of residence, with 7.37%, and fourth also in Monaco, with 5.33%.)[11]

Order of Saint Lazarus[edit]

In 2004, Charles-Philippe was appointed as Grand Master of the Orléans obedience of the Order of Saint Lazarus. His acceptance of this role placed the order under the sanction of a dynastic prince of the House of Bourbon, in what is said to be a continuation of a tradition established since the 13th century when the Order of Saint Lazarus came under the protection of King Philippe le Bel. This affiliation had continued over the ensuing centuries but ended with the deposition of King Charles X of France, when a decree of King Louis Philippe I revoked royal protection of the diminishing remnant of the order and made it illegal to wear the order's decorations.

Charles-Philippe's designation as "Grand Master of the Order of Saint Lazarus" was disputed by those knights who remained loyal to his distant cousins (Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, 5th Duke of Seville, and, subsequently, Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marquis de Almazán) and to the Melchite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham as Protector of the order.

Charles-Philippe founded the Saint Lazare Foundation, which has been financed by the World Society, an international think tank whose mission, inspired by the Count of Paris, is to explore solutions to the planet's future needs for potable water.

In March 2010, Charles-Philippe decided to step down from his position as Grand Master for personal reasons. However, he maintained his participation in the order's activities as Grand Master Emeritus, as Grand Prior of France, and as chairman of the order's governing council. He was replaced by Count Jan Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz as Grand Master of the Orléans obedience.[citation needed]

Title controversy[edit]

On 8 December 2004, he received the title "Duke of Anjou" from his uncle Prince Henri d'Orléans, head of the House of Orléans. There is some controversy in the use of this title by an Orléans prince. It had traditionally been borne by or associated with the heads of the House of Bourbon that claimed the French throne as Legitimist pretenders since 1883, in rivalry to the claim asserted by the House of Orléans.

In that year, Henri, comte de Chambord, last patrilineal descendant of Louis XV, died childless. The Legitimist legacy was claimed by the next senior branch of the Bourbons, descended from a younger grandson of Louis XIV – Philippe, Duke of Anjou. Although Philippe ceased use of the Anjou title upon becoming King Philip V of Spain in 1700, renouncing his succession rights to the French throne in exchange for retention of his Spanish crown, Legitimists maintained that this act was not binding. Therefore, they still uphold the senior agnatic descendant of Philippe d'Anjou as rightful claimant to the French crown.

In 1989, Louis Alphonse de Bourbon became the senior agnate of the House of Bourbon, claimed the Legitimist succession, as had his father, and was immediately accorded the title "Duke of Anjou" by Legitimists.

He does not claim that Duke of Anjou is an inherited legal title, since it was never officially conferred upon his ancestor Philippe d'Anjou; it was, in fact, subsequently given by French kings to other cadets of the dynasty domiciled in France. Rather, it is explicitly a title of pretense, associated historically, politically and symbolically with French Legitimism.[citation needed]

The House of Orléans never possessed or used the Anjou ducal title during the ancien régime, but its head claims the right de jure to dispose of it, as of all titles traditional in France's royal house. So too does the Legitimist claimant. Thus, Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou and Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou are contemporaries and cousins — both reared in Spain, as it happens — but nominally represent different and competing rationales for restoration of the French monarchy.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 448, 470 (French); ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ Official results of the first round Archived 2012-06-11 at the Wayback Machine, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  3. ^ Duc d'Anjou - Naissance de la princesse Isabelle, ducdanjou.com; accessed 16 April 2014.
  4. ^ Fontaine, Nicolas. "Divorce du prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans et de la duchesse de Cadaval". Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  5. ^ Carron, Jérôme (13 April 2023). "Charles-Philippe d'Orléans et Naomi Kern : "Elle a dit oui !"". Point de vue (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  6. ^ Michel, Thomas (14 December 2017). "Mort d'Otto Kern : pourquoi un tel émoi en Allemagne ?". Monaco-Matin (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  7. ^ Histoires Royales
  8. ^ https://www.hola.com/novias/20230916350328/vestidos-de-novia-naomi-valeska-boda-carlos-felipe-de-orleans/
  9. ^ "Présentation de Charles-Philippe d'Orleans", Le Petit Journal
  10. ^ "Arrêté du 14 mai 2012 fixant la liste des candidats au premier tour de l'élection des députés élus par les Français établis hors de France ", Journal Officiel de la République Française, 15 May 2012
  11. ^ Official results of the first round Archived 2012-06-11 at the Wayback Machine, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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