Prince Murat

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House of Murat
Medium Coat of Arms of Joachim Murat as King of Naples.svg
Parent houseBonaparte (female line)
CountryFrance, Italy
Founded1808; 211 years ago (1808)
FounderJoachim Murat
Current headJoachim, 8th Prince Murat
Final rulerJoachim I
Titles
Style(s)"His/Her Majesty"
"His/Her Royal Highness"
Deposition1815 (1815)

Prince Murat is a French princely title that traces its origin back to 1804, when Emperor Napoleon granted the rank of prince français to his brother-in-law Joachim Murat, who subsequently reigned as King of Naples from 1808 to 1815.[1] On 5 December 1812, Joachim Murat's second son Lucien was created sovereign Prince of Pontecorvo (an enclave in the Kingdom of Naples) in succession to Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, by an Imperial Decree.[2]

The Prince of Pontecorvo title is still used to this day for the heir apparent of the head of the family.[3] The Murat family is known collectively as the House of Murat (French: Maison Murat; Italian: Casa Murat).

Heads of the family[edit]

Name Birth date Death date Tenure start Tenure end
Joachim, 1st Prince Murat

Also King of Naples (1808–1815)

25 March 1767 13 October 1815(1815-10-13) (aged 48) 1805 13 October 1815 (10 years, 285 days)
Achille, 2nd Prince Murat 21 January 1801 15 April 1847(1847-04-15) (aged 46) 13 October 1815 15 April 1847 (31 years, 184 days)
Lucien, 3rd Prince Murat 16 May 1803 10 April 1878(1878-04-10) (aged 74) 15 April 1847 10 April 1878 (30 years, 360 days)
Joachim, 4th Prince Murat 21 June 1834 23 October 1901(1901-10-23) (aged 67) 10 April 1878 23 October 1901 (23 years, 196 days)
Joachim, 5th Prince Murat 28 February 1856 2 November 1932(1932-11-02) (aged 76) 23 October 1901 2 November 1932 (31 years, 10 days)
Joachim, 6th Prince Murat 6 August 1885 11 May 1938(1938-05-11) (aged 52) 2 November 1932 11 May 1938 (5 years, 190 days)
Joachim, 7th Prince Murat 16 January 1920 20 July 1944(1944-07-20) (aged 24) 11 May 1938 20 July 1944 (6 years, 70 days)
Joachim, 8th Prince Murat 26 November 1944 26 November 1944 Incumbent
(74 years, 266 days)

The heir apparent is the current head of the family's only son, Joachim, Prince of Pontecorvo (born 3 May 1973).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joachim Murat. Official website of the House of Murat.
  2. ^ Sainty, Guy Stair. "History of the Princes Murat (King of Naples)". Archived from the original on 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  3. ^ Sainty, Guy Stair. "Genealogy of the Princes Murat". Retrieved 2008-02-13.

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