Napoléon Louis Bonaparte

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Louis II
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A portrait of Napoléon Louis Bonaparte.
King of Holland
Reign 1–9 July 1810
Predecessor Louis I
Successor Title abolished
Grand Duke of Berg and Cleves
Reign 3 March 1809 – 1 December 1813
Predecessor Joachim I
Successor Title abolished
Regent Napoleon I
Spouse Charlotte Napoléone Bonaparte
Father Louis I of Holland
Mother Hortense de Beauharnais
Born 11 October 1804
Paris, France
Died 17 March 1831(1831-03-17) (aged 26)
Forlì, Italy
Burial Saint-Leu-la-Forêt
Royal styles of
Louis II of Holland
Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Holland (1808).svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sire

Napoléon-Louis Bonaparte (11 October 1804 – 17 March 1831), also known as Louis II of Holland, was the middle son of Louis I of Holland and Hortense de Beauharnais. His father was the younger brother of Napoléon I and reigned as King of Holland from 1806 to 1810, while his mother was the daughter of Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoléon's first wife.

Background[edit]

Napoléon Louis's elder brother, Napoléon Charles, died in 1807 at the age of four. On his death, Napoléon Louis became Prince Royal of Holland. It also made Napoléon Louis the eldest nephew of Emperor Napoléon I, who at the time had no legitimate children, and he was his uncle's likely eventual successor. He lost this status on 20 March 1811 when his uncle's second wife, Marie Louise, gave birth to a son, Napoléon François Joseph Charles Bonaparte, who was styled the King of Rome and later the Duke of Reichstadt.

In 1809, Napoléon I appointed him as Grand Duke of Berg, a status he kept until 1813.

For the nine days between his father's abdication and the fall of Holland to the invading French army in July 1810, Louis Napoléon reigned as Lodewijk II, King of Holland.

When Napoléon I was deposed in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo, the House of Bourbon was restored to the throne of France. Napoléon Louis fled into exile, but the Bonapartes never abandoned the thought of restoring the Napoleonic Empire.

Napoléon Louis married his first cousin, Charlotte, who was the daughter of Joseph Bonaparte, eldest brother of Napoléon I. He and his younger brother Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte settled in Italy, where they espoused liberal politics and became involved with the Carbonari, an organization fighting Austria's domination of northern Italy.

On 17 March 1831, while fleeing Italy due to a crackdown on revolutionary activity by Papal and Austrian troops, Napoléon Louis, suffering from measles, died in the arms of his brother in Forlì.[1] Eventually, the Napoleonic Empire was restored by Napoléon Louis's younger brother, who became Napoléon III in 1852.

Napoléon Louis is buried at Saint-Leu-La-Foret, Île-de-France.

Title and styles[edit]

  • 5 May 1807 – 1 July 1810: His Royal Highness The Prince Royal of Holland
  • 1 July 1810 – 9 July 1810: His Majesty The King of Holland
  • 3 March 1809 – 1 December 1813: His Royal Highness The Grand Duke of Berg and Cleves

Full title as King of Holland[edit]

His Majesty Louis II, By the Grace of God and the Constitution of the Kingdom, King of Holland.

Gallery[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bresler 1999, pp. 94–95
Napoléon Louis Bonaparte
Born: 11 October 1804 Died: 17 March 1831
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Louis I
King of Holland
1 July 1810 – 9 July 1810
Vacant
Title next held by
William I
as King of the Netherlands
Preceded by
Joachim I
Grand Duke of Berg and Cleves
3 March 1809 – 1 December 1813
Title abolished
Dutch royalty
Preceded by
Napoléon Charles Bonaparte
Heir to the Dutch throne
as Prince Royal of Holland
5 May 1807 – 1 July 1810
Vacant
Title next held by
William Frederick
as Prince of Orange