Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou

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Marie Marguerite
Duchess of Anjou
Born (1983-10-21) 21 October 1983 (age 33)
Caracas, Venezuela
Spouse Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou (m. 2004)
Issue Eugénie of Bourbon
Louis of Bourbon, Duke of Burgundy
Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Berry
Full name
María Margarita Vargas Santaella
Father Víctor José Vargas Irausquín
Mother Carmen Leonor Santaella Tellería
French royal family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of France, 1814/15-1830

HRH The Duke of Anjou
HRH The Duchess of Anjou

  • HRH The Duke of Burgundy
  • HRH The Duke of Berry
  • HRH Princess Eugenie

Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou (née María Margarita Vargas Santaella; born 21 October 1983) is a Venezuelan heiress and wife of Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou, who is considered by Legitimists to be the head of the French Royal House, making Marie Marguerite the Legitimist titular Queen Consort of France.

Early life[edit]

Marie Marguerite was born on 21 October 1983 in Caracas. Her father, Víctor José Vargas Irausquín, is the owner of Banco BOD or Banco Occidental de Descuento (BOD Bank or Western Bank of Discount - WBD). Her mother is Carmen Leonor Santaella Tellería. She has a sister, María Victoria, who is married to Francisco Javier d'Agostino Casado. She also had a brother, Víctor José, who died young. She studied at the Colegio Merici de las Madres Ursulinas in Caracas and did her degree on pedagogy at the Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas.

Personal life[edit]

She married Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou in a civil ceremony in Caracas on 5 November 2004 and in a religious ceremony the following day at La Romana, Dominican Republic. The couple have a daughter, Princess Eugénie of Bourbon (born 5 March 2007) at Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami, Florida. She gave birth to twin boys, Prince Louis, Duke of Burgundy and Prince Alphonse, Duke of Berry (Spanish: Luis and Alfonso), on 28 May 2010.[1] They currently live in Madrid, Spain.



Cassani Pironti, Fabio. Bref crayon généalogique de S.A.R. la Princesse Marie-Marguerite, Duchesse d'Anjou, née Vargas Santaella, Le Lien Légitimiste, n. 16, 2007.


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Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou
Born: 21 October 1983
Titles in pretence
Title last held by
María del Carmen
Martínez-Bordiú y Franco
Queen Consort of France and Navarre
4 November 2004 – Present
Reason for succession failure:
Bourbon monarchy deposed in 1830