List of living legitimate male Capetians

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The Capetian dynasty is the largest dynasty in Europe, with over 120 living male members descended in the legitimate agnatic line. Since the extinction of the House of Courtenay in 1733, the House of Bourbon is the only remaining branch of legitimate descent.

Descendants in the male line of Louis XIV through his grandson Philip V of Spain are designated as House of Bourbon; descendants in the male line of Philip I, Duke of Orléans, are designated as House of Orleans. All those listed below are actually descendants of King Louis XIII; after the death in 1830 of Louis Henry II, the last Prince of Condé (descended from the youngest son of Charles, Duke of Vendôme), no other legitimate lines of descent from Hugh Capet continued to exist.

Patrilineal descent[edit]

The Capetian lineage can be traced back more than 1,200 years and is one of the oldest in Europe. The dynasty has achieved royal status either in 888, at the election of Odo (a Robertian) to the crown of France, or in 987, at the election of Hugh Capet, making it the oldest Western European royal dynasty in existence.

  1. Robert II of Worms and Rheingau, 770–807
  2. Robert III of Worms and Rheingau, 808–834
  3. Robert the Strong, Margrave of Neustria, 820–866
  4. Robert I, King of the Franks, 866–923
  5. Hugh the Great, Duke of the Franks, 895–956
  6. Hugh Capet, King of the Franks, 941–996
  7. Robert II, King of the Franks, 972–1031
  8. Henry I, King of the Franks, 1008–1060
  9. Philip I, King of the Franks, 1053–1108
  10. Louis VI, King of the Franks, 1081–1137
  11. Louis VII, King of the Franks, 1120–1180
  12. Philip II, King of France, 1165–1223
  13. Louis VIII, King of France, 1187–1226
  14. Louis IX, King of France, 1214–1270
  15. Robert, Count of Clermont, 1256–1317
  16. Louis I, Duke of Bourbon, c. 1280–1342
  17. James I, Count of La Marche, 1315–1362
  18. John I, Count of La Marche, 1344–1393
  19. Louis, Count of Vendôme, c. 1376–1446
  20. John II, Count of Vendôme, 1428–1478
  21. Francis, Count of Vendôme, 1470–1495
  22. Charles, Duke of Vendôme, 1489–1537
  23. Antoine, King of Navarre, 1518–1562
  24. Henry IV, King of France, 1553–1610
  25. Louis XIII, King of France, 1601–1643

Ancestral lines of the Bourbons[edit]


House of Bourbon[edit]

  Alfonso, Duke of Cadiz →

  1.   Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou (Madrid 25.4.1974), Aîné des Capétiens  France
  2.   Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Burgundy (New York 28.05.2010)  France
  3.   Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Berry (New York 28.05.2010)  France

House of Bourbon-Spain[edit]

  Juan, Count of Barcelona →

  1.   Juan Carlos I, former King of Spain (Rome 5.1.1938)
  2.   Felipe VI, King of Spain (Madrid 30.1.1968)

House of Bourbon-Seville[edit]

  Francisco de Paula de Borbón y Castellví
  Francisco, Duke of Seville →
  Francisco de Paula de Borbón y Borbón →

  1.   Don Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, Duke of Séville (Madrid 16.11.1943)
  2.   Don Francisco de Borbón y Hardenberg (Madrid 21.1.1979)
  3.   Don Alfonso Carlos de Borbón y Escasany (Madrid 10.2.1945)
  4.   Don Alfonso de Borbón y Yordi (Madrid 16.11.1973)
  5.   Don Enrique de Borbón y Garcia de Lobez (Madrid 18.3.1970)
      José de Borbón y La Torre →
      Carlos de Borbón y Rich →
  6.   Don Carlos de Borbón y Oro (Ciempozuelos 26.6.1940)
      Alberto de Borbón y Rich →
  7.   Enrique José de Borbón y Campos (Madrid 11.1.1948)  France (naturalized)
  8.   Alvaro de Borbón y Rich (Tetouan, Morocco 2.1.1922)
      Alfonso, Marquis of Squilache →
  9.   Don Alfonso de Borbón y Caralt, Marquis of Squilache (Madrid 5.5.1926)

House of Bourbon-Seville-Santa Elena[edit]

  Alfonso, Marquis of Santa Fe de Guardiola →
  Alberto, Duke of Santa Elena →

  1.   Don Alfonso de Borbón y Sanchez, Duke of Santa Elena (Madrid 31.3.1961)
  2.   Don Alfonso de Borbón y Escriva de Romani (Madrid 1995)
      Alfonso de Borbón y Perez de Pulgar →
      Alfonso de Borbón y Medina →
  3.   Don Alfonso de Borbón y Pérez (6.11.1999)
  4.   Don Fernando de Borbón y Medina (Seville 15.6.1966)
  5.   Fernando de Borbón y Vallejo (12.3.2001)
  6.   Ignacio de Borbón y Vallejo (12.10.2005)
  7.   Don Jaime de Borbón y Medina (Seville 19.7.1971)

House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies[edit]

  Alfonso, Count of Caserta →
  Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
  Alfonso, Duke of Calabria

  1.   Infante Carlos of Spain, Prince of Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (Lausanne 16.1.1938)
  2.   Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto (Madrid 16.10.1968)
  3.   Don Juan de Borbón-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (Madrid 18.4.2003)
  4.   Don Pablo de Borbón-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (Madrid 28.6.2004)
  5.   Don Pedro de Borbon-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (Madrid 3.1.2007)
      Ranieri, Duke of Castro
      Ferdinand, Duke of Castro
  6.   Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro (St.Raphael 24.2.1963)  France
      Filippo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
      Gaëtano of Bourbon-Two Sicilies →
  7.   Adrian de Bourbon (Warrington 7.4.1948)
  8.   Philippe de Bourbon (Harare 5.5.1977)
  9.   Gregory de Bourbon (Warrington 2.1.1950)
  10.   Christian de Bourbon (Vancouver 11.4.1974)
  11.   Raymond de Bourbon (Harare 8.11.1978)
      Gabriele of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
  12.   Prince Antoine of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (Cannes 20.1.1929)
  13.   Prince François of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (Ravensburg 20.6.1960)
  14.   Prince Antoine of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (Geneva 6.6.2003)
  15.   Prince Gennaro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (Ravensburg 27.1.1966)
  16.   Prince Casimir of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (Warsaw 8.11.1938)
  17.   Prince Louis of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (Rio de Janeiro 28.11.1970)
  18.   Prince Alexander of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (São Paulo 9.8.1974), priest

House of Bourbon-Parma[edit]

  Robert I, Duke of Parma →
  Xavier, Duke of Parma
  Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma

  1.   Prince Carlos Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma (Nijmegen 27.1.1970)  France
  2.   Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi (Nijmegen 13.10.1972)  France
  3.   Prince Sixte Henri of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Aranjuez (Pau 22.7.1940)  France
      Felix of Bourbon-Parma
  4.   Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Chat. Colmar-Berg 5.1.1921), Oldest Bourbon
  5.   Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Chat. Betzdorf 16.4.1955)
  6.   Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Luxembourg 11.11.1981)
  7.   Prince Félix of Luxembourg (Luxembourg 3.6.1984)
  8.   Prince Louis of Luxembourg (Luxembourg 3.8.1986)
  9.   Prince Noah of Nassau (21.9.2007)
  10.   Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (Luxembourg 17.4.1992)
  11.   Prince Jean of Luxembourg (Chat. Betzdorf 15.5.1957)
  12.   Prince Constantin of Nassau (Paris 22.7.1988)
  13.   Prince Wenceslas of Nassau (Paris 17.11.1990)
  14.   Prince Carl-Johan of Nassau (Paris 15.8.1992)
  15.   Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (Chat. Betzdorf 1.5.1963)
  16.   Prince Paul Louis of Nassau (Luxembourg 4.3.1998)
  17.   Prince Léopold of Nassau (Luxembourg 2.5.2000)
  18.   Prince Jean of Nassau (Luxembourg 13.7.2004))
      Charles of Luxembourg
  19.   Prince Robert of Luxembourg (Fischbach 22.8.1968)
  20.   Prince Alexandre of Nassau (Aix-en-Provence 18.4.1997)
  21.   Prince Frederik of Nassau (Aix-en-Provence 18.3.2002)
      René of Bourbon-Parma
      Jacques of Bourbon-Parma →
  22.   Prince Philippe of Bourbon-Parma (Copenhagen 22.1.1949)  France
  23.   Jacques of Bourbon-Parma (Roskilde 3.1.1986)  France
  24.   Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (Roskilde 6.6.1989)  France
  25.   Prince Alain of Bourbon-Parma (Roskilde 15.5.1955)  France
  26.   Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (Paris 4.3.1926)  France
  27.   Prince Eric of Bourbon-Parma (Copenhagen 28.8.1953)  France
  28.   Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (Lejre 12.2.1989)  France
  29.   Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma (Roskilde 14.10.1991)  France
  30.   Prince Charles Emmanuel of Bourbon-Parma (Paris 3.6.1962)  France
  31.   Prince Amaury of Bourbon-Parma (Paris 30.10.1991)  France
      André of Bourbon-Parma →
  32.   Axel of Bourbon-Parma (Paris 18.9.1968)  France
  33.   Côme of Bourbon-Parma (Neuilly 7.5.1997)  France
      Luigi of Bourbon-Parma →
      Guy of Bourbon-Parma →
  34.   Louis of Bourbon-Parma (Paris 25.6.1966)  France
  35.   Guy of Bourbon-Parma (Genolier, CH 6.2.1995)  France
  36.   Prince Rémy of Bourbon-Parma (Cannes 14.7.1942)  France
  37.   Tristan of Bourbon-Parma (Cannes 30.6.1974)  France
  38.   Prince Jean Bernard of Bourbon-Parma (Cannes 15.10.1961)  France
  39.   Arnaud de Bourbon (Cannes 26.10.1989)  France
  40.   Christophe de Bourbon (Mandelieu 4.7.1991)  France
All those listed above are descendants of Louis XIV, King of France

House of Orléans[edit]

  Henri, Count of Paris →

  1.   Henri d'Orléans, Count of Paris (Woluwé-Saint-Pierre 14.6.1933)  France
  2.   François d'Orléans, Count of Clermont (Boulogne-sur-Seine 7.2.1961)  France
  3.   Jean d'Orléans, Duke of Vendôme (Boulogne-sur-Seine 19.5.1965)  France
  4.   Prince Gaston d'Orléans (Paris 19.11.2009)  France
  5.   Eudes d'Orléans, Duke of Angoulême (Paris 18.3.1968)  France
  6.   Prince Pierre d'Orléans (Grasse 6.8.2003)  France
  7.   Michel d'Orléans, Count of Evreux (Rabat, Maroc 25.6.1941)  France
  8.   Charles Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Anjou (Paris 3.3.1973)  France
  9.   Prince François d'Orléans, Count of Dreux (Madrid 10.2.1982)  France
  10.   Jacques d'Orléans, Duke of Orleans (Rabat, Maroc 25.6.1941)  France
  11.   Charles-Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Chartres (Neuilly-sur-Seine 11.7.1972)  France
  12.   Prince Philippe d'Orléans (Buenos Aires 3.11.1998)  France
  13.   Prince Constantin d'Orléans (Paris 15.2.2003)  France
  14.   Foulques d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale (Paris 9.7.1974)  France
      Thibaut, Count of La Marche
  15.   Robert d'Orléans, Count of La Marche (Edinburgh 6.9.1976)  France

House of Orléans-Braganza[edit]

Petrópolis branch[edit]

  Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão-Pará →
  Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza

  1.   Prince Pedro Carlos of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 31.10.1945)
  2.   Prince Pedro Thiago of Orléans-Braganza (Petropolis 12.1.1979)
  3.   Prince Filipe of Orléans-Braganza (Brasília 31.12.1982)
  4.   Prince Alfonso Duarte of Orléans-Braganza (Petrópolis 25.4.1948)
  5.   Prince Manoel Alvaro of Orléans-Braganza (Petropolis 17.6.1949)
  6.   Prince Manoel Alfonso of Orléans-Braganza (Sevilla 9.4.1981)
  7.   Prince Francisco Humberto of Orléans-Braganza (Petropolis 9.12.1956)
  8.   Prince Francisco Teodoro of Orléans-Braganza (Petropolis 25.9.1979)
  9.   Prince Gabriel of Orléans-Braganza (1989)
      João of Orléans-Braganza →
  10.   Prince João Henrique of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 25.4.1954)
  11.   Prince João Filipe of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 27.11.1986)

Vassouras branch[1][edit]

  Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza →

  1.   Prince Luiz of Orléans-Braganza (Mandelieu 6.6.1938)
  2.   Prince Eudes of Orléans-Braganza (Mandelieu 8.6.1939)
  3.   Luiz Filipe of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 3.4.1969)
  4.   Maximiliano of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 14.6.2012)
  5.   Eudes de Orléans-Bragança (Rio de Janeiro 17.12.1977)
  6.   Eudes de Orléans-Bragança (Rio de Janeiro 8.6.2011)
  7.   Guy de Orléans-Bragança (Rio de Janeiro 8.10.1985)
  8.   Prince Bertrand of Orléans-Braganza (Mandelieu 2.2.1941)
  9.   Prince Pedro de Alcântara of Orléans-Braganza (Petropolis 1.12.1945)  France
  10.   Gabriel of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 1.12.1980)  France
  11.   Gabriel of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 12.4.2013)  France
  12.   Prince Fernando of Orléans-Braganza (Petropolis 2.2.1948)  France
  13.   Prince Antonio of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 24.6.1950)
  14.   Prince Rafael of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 24.4.1986)
  15.   Prince Francisco of Orléans-Braganza (Jacarezinho 6.4.1955)
  16.   Prince Alberto of Orléans-Braganza (Jundiai do Sol 23.6.1957)  France
  17.   Pedro Alberto of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 31.5.1988)  France
  18.   Antonio of Orléans-Braganza (Rio de Janeiro 29.5.1997)  France

House of Orléans-Galliera[edit]

  Alvaro, Duke of Galliera →
  Alonso d'Orléans-Borbón →

  1.   Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, Duke of Galliera (Santa Cruz, Teneriffe 2.1.1968)
  2.   Don Alonso Juan de Orléans-Borbón (Paris 15.7.1994)
  3.   Don Alvaro de Orléans-Borbón (Santa Cruz, Teneriffe, 4.10.1969)
  4.   Don Alvaro Jaime de Orléans-Borbón (Rome 1.3.1947)
  5.   Don Andrea de Orléans-Borbón (Rome 9.7.1976)
  6.   Don Alois de Orléans-Borbón (Rome 24.3.1979)
  7.   Don Alonso de Orléans-Borbón (2010)
All those listed above are descendants of Louis XIII, King of France

Dynastic claims[edit]

According to the Legitimist faction of French royalists, all male descendants of Hugh Capet in the legitimate male line are dynasts of the Kingdom of France. According to them, the current heir to the French throne, if restored, is Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou. The Legitimist order of succession is similar to the one above, offset by -1. Louis Alphonse, being the current heir, is not counted; the first in line is his elder son, Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Burgundy. Traditional "legitimacy" is based on the old rules that existed in the Ancien Regime of the Kingdom of France; civil marriages were then non-existent. Eudes de Orléans-Bragança (110 in the above list), his son also Eudes de Orléans-Bragança, and his brother Guy de Orléans-Bragança are not dynasts since Eudes and Guy's mother was their father's second wife and the marriage was only recognised civilly and not by the Catholic Church.[citation needed] Consequently, canonically speaking, they are regarded as being illegitimate.

According to the Orleanist faction of French royalists, the current heir to the French throne, if restored, is Henri d'Orléans, Count of Paris. They consider foreigners ineligible to inherit the French throne. The Orleanist order of succession is limited to the senior line of the House of Orleans (the cadet branches of Orleans-Braganza and Orleans-Galliera, and the descendants of Philip V of Spain are considered foreigners). However, François d'Orléans, Count of Clermont, had been disinherited due to mental disability, and the branches of Michel d'Orléans, Count of Evreux and Jacques d'Orléans, Duke of Orleans (fraternal twins) are reversed according to "historical French primogeniture".

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Badts de Cugnac, Chantal de; and Coutant de Saisseval, Guy (2002). Le Petit Gotha. France: Laballery. pp. 303–305, 309, 318–319. ISBN 2-9507974-3-1.