Marie Thérèse, Duchess of Montpensier

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Marie Thérèse
Duchess of Württemberg
Duchesse de Montpensier
Spouse Prince Henri, Count of Clermont
Issue Princess Marie Isabelle of Liechtenstein
Prince François, Count of Clermont
Princess Blanche
Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme
Prince Eudes, Duke of Angoulême
Full name
German: Marie Therese Nadejda Albertine Rosa Philippine Margarethe Christine Helene Josepha Martina Leopoldine
House House of Württemberg
House of Orléans
Father Philipp Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg
Mother Archduchess Rosa of Austria
Born (1934-11-12) 12 November 1934 (age 80)
Schloss Altshausen, Altshausen, Germany
French Royal Family
Orléanist
Grand Royal Coat of Arms of France.svg

HRH The Count of Paris
HRH The Countess of Paris

Marie Thérèse, Duchess of Württemberg (German: Marie Therese Nadejda Albertine Rosa Philippine Margarethe Christine Helene Josepha Martina Leopoldine Herzogin von Württemberg;[1][2] born 12 November 1934,[1][2]) also known as Duchesse de Montpensier, is a German-born aristocrat. A daughter of the claimant to the royal throne of Württemberg, abolished in 1918, she was the first wife of Henri d'Orléans, Count of Clermont (who now bears the titles Count of Paris and Duke of France as) current Orléanist claimant to the French throne.[3]

Family[edit]

Marie Therese was the fifth child and fourth daughter of Philipp Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg and his second wife Archduchess Rosa of Austria, Princess of Tuscany.[2][3] She was born at Altshausen Castle, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Marie Therese married Prince Henri d'Orléans, second child and eldest son of Henri, Count of Paris and his wife Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, on 5 July 1957 in Dreux, Eure-et-Loir, France.[1][2] Upon their marriage, Prince Henri was created Count of Clermont by his father. Three years later, her younger brother Carl, Duke of Württemberg, would marry Henri's younger sister, Princess Diane d'Orléans.

Marie Therese and Henri had five children:[1]

  1. Marie d'Orléans (born 1959, married to Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein (born 1949).
  2. François d'Orléans (born 1961) Count of Clermont, severely disabled from toxoplasmosis.
  3. Blanche Elisabeth Rose Marie d'Orléans (born 10 September 1962, Ravensburg), severely disabled from toxoplasmosis.
  4. Jean d'Orléans (born 19 May 1965), Duke of Vendôme and Dauphin de Viennois, married to Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart
  5. Eudes d'Orléans (born 18 March 1968), Duke of Angoulême, married to Marie-Liesse de Rohan-Chabot (born 29 June 1969).

Marie Therese and Henri were legally separated on 23 February 1977, divorced on 3 February 1984, and the marriage was canonically annulled in March 2009.[3][4] Upon her divorce from Prince Henri in 1984, she was created Duchess of Montpensier in her own right by her former father-in-law, Henri, Count of Paris, then head of the Orléans dynasty.[2][3]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 12 November 1934 – 5 July 1957: Her Royal Highness Duchess Marie Therese of Württemberg
  • 5 July 1957 – 3 February 1984: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Clermont
  • 3 February 1984 – present: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Montpensier, Duchess of Württemberg

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Darryl Lundy (10 March 2007). "Maria Theresa Herzogin von Württemberg". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Royal Genealogy Site". Paul Theroff. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Hauser Band XVI. , Limburg an der Lahn, 2001, p. 181.
  4. ^ Desnos, Marie (28 September 2009). "Henri d'Orléans: le mariage de l'amour et de la discorde". Paris Match. Retrieved 18 October 2012.