Duke of Galliera

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Arms of Infante Alfonso of Spain, V Duke of Galliera.

The Duke of Galliera was an Italian noble title created in 1812 by Emperor Napoleon I of France for Josephine of Leuchtenberg, daughter of Eugène de Beauharnais, which she kept even after her marriage with Oscar, Crown Prince of Sweden. The name refers to the city Galliera, located in the Province of Bologna in Emilia–Romagna.

In 1837, after a decade of negotiations, Prince Oscar sold properties attached to the dukedom to Marquis Raffaele de Ferrari. The following year, he received the title of Duke of Galliera from Pope Gregory XVI. In 1839, King Charles Albert of Sardinia confirmed the grant to the marquis and added the title of Prince of Lucedio.

With his wife, Maria Brignole-Sale, the new Duke of Galliera had three children, but two of them died young and childless. The third, the famous philatelist Philipp von Ferrary, renounced the title and inheritance to which it was linked.

In 1877, after the death of her husband, Maria Brignole-Sale, fervent Orléanist, bequeathed his Italian properties to the Duke of Montpensier, youngest son of Louis-Philippe I, King of the French. After the death of the duchess in 1888 the prince received from King Umberto I of Italy the ducal title. From then, the title Duke of Galliera has belonged to the Orleans branch of the Spanish Royal Family, although the properties attached to the dukedom were sold by the 4th Duke in 1920.

Bernadotte-Leuchtenberg dukes[edit]

Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Josephine
1812–1837
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14 March 1807
Milan
eldest daughter of Eugène de Beauharnais and Princess Augusta of Bavaria
19 June 1823
Stockholm
five children
7 June 1876
Stockholm
aged 69
Oscar
1823–1837
Oscar I porträtterad 1836 av Fredric Westin.jpg
4 July 1799
Paris
only son of Charles XIV John of Sweden and Désirée Clary
8 July 1859
Stockholm
aged 60

Ferrari Brignole-Sale dukes[edit]

Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Raffaele de Ferrari
1838–1876
Image 6 July 1803
Genoa
son of Andrea de Ferrari and Livia Ignazia Pallavicino
c. 1828
three children
23 November 1876
Genoa
aged 73
Maria de Brignole-Sale
1876–1888
Léon Cogniet - Portrait de Maria Brignole-Sale De Ferrari.jpg
5 April 1811
Genoa
daughter of Antoine Brignole-Sale, Marchese di Groppoli and Arthemisa Negrone de Gênes
9 December 1888
Genoa
aged 76

Orléans dukes[edit]

Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Prince Antoine
1888–1890
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31 July 1824
Château de Neuilly, Neuilly-sur-Seine
fifth son of Louis-Philippe of France and Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily
Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain
10 October 1846
Madrid
ten children
4 February 1890
Palacio de Orleans-Borbón, Sanlúcar de Barrameda
aged 65
Infante Antonio
1890–1930
Infante Antonio, Duke of Galliera.jpg
23 February 1866
Seville
only surviving son of Antoine and Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain
Infanta Eulalia of Spain
6 March 1886
Madrid
three children
24 December 1930
Paris
aged 64
Infante Alfonso
1930–1975
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12 November 1886
Madrid
eldest son of Antonio and Infanta Eulalia of Spain
Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
15 July 1909
St. Augustine's Church, Coburg
three children
6 August 1975
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
aged 88
Infante Alvaro
1975–1997
20 April 1910
Coburg
eldest son of Alfonso and Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Carla Parodi-Delfino
10 July 1937
Rome
four children
22 August 1997
Monte Carlo
aged 87
Don Alfonso
1997–present
Coat of Arms of Alfonso of Orleans, V Duke of Galliera.svg
5 January 1968
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
eldest son of Don Alonso de Orléans-Borbón y Parodi Delfino and Emilia Ferrara-Pignatelli
Véronique Goeders
28 March 1994
Paris
one son
living

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.