Duke of Orléans


Duke of Orléans

Duke of Orléans ( _fr. Duc d'Orléans) is one of the most important titles in the French peerage, dating back at least to the 14th century. Known as princes of the blood ("princes du sang"), the Dukes of Orleans were always attributed to princes of the royal family and was thus a junior branch of the ruling house.

In the "ancien régime" the holder of the title often had an important political role. The Orléans came to the throne with Louis XII (15th century) and Louis-Philippe (19th century). The descendants of the family are the Orléanist pretenders to the French throne, and the title has been used by several members of the House. The holder of the title held the style of Serene Highness.

House of Valois

First creation (1344)

House of Bourbon

Fourth creation (1607)

Other Dukes

"Members of the House of Orléans"
*François Gaston Michel Marie of Orléans, Duke of Orléans (1935–1960) second son of Henri, comte de Paris (posthumous creation)
*Jacques Jean Jaroslav Marie of Orléans, Duke of Orléans (b. 1941) fourth son of Henri, comte de Paris

ee also

*Count of Orléans
*Orleanist
*Legitimist


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