Philippe Boiry

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Philippe Paul Alexander Henry Boiry
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Born (1927-02-19)February 19, 1927
Paris, France
Died January 5, 2014(2014-01-05) (aged 86)
Chourgnac, France
Nationality French
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Jacqueline-Dominique Marquain (1950–1978)
Elisabeth de Chavigny (1996–2006)

Philippe Paul Alexander Henry Boiry (February 19, 1927 – January 5, 2014) was the pretender to the throne of the unrecognized Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia.[1] Boiry became the pretender after Antoine III abdicated in his favour in 1951.[2]


Following World War II Boiry was involved with public relations. He founded the first public relations agency in Western Europe and developed the European public relations doctrine.[3] He won the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques prize and the companion of the Palmes Académiques award.[3] In 1980, Boiry founded France's first college of communication science in Levallois-Perret.[4] Boiry was the Mapuche representative to UN committees on Indigenous population.[5] In 1989 he visited Mapuche and Tehuelche lands for the first time.[6] Boiry is said to have purchased the title.[7] When he visited Argentina and Chile once, he met with hostility by the local media and cold shoulder by most of the Mapuche organisations.[8] He has also met Juan Carlos I of Spain and Baudouin I of Belgium and has pictures of them with him in his house in Chourgnac.[5] Boiry labeled himself a "Republican Monarchic" because he works like the rest of the French people.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Boiry was not descended from Orélie-Antoine de Tounens, the founder of the Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia, as de Tounens had no children. Boiry was married twice, first to Jacqueline-Dominique Marquain and then to Elisabeth de Chavigny. Both of them died during their marriages to him. Boiry lived in Paris, but kept a secondary residence at Chourgnac in the home of Orélie-Antoine de Tounens.[4] Boiry had no children with either of his wives. Boiry used his royal titles on his French passport after a court order.[10] He earned about 30,000 francs ($6,000) per month for working at the faculty.[9] The marriage license from his last marriage is signed by a Portuguese prince, a Portuguese archbishop and Jose Maria de Montells y Galan (a commander of the Order Civil of Alfonso X the Wise).[9]

Boiry died on January 5, 2014 at his home "Le Chèze" in Chourgnac d'Ans.[11]


  1. ^ "Antoine III". Steel Crown. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "European Expert Council". IEERP. EU. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Philippe I". Steel Crown. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Peregrine, Anthony (11 January 2003). "France: The gossip's guide to the Dordogne". The Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Facts about the Patagonian Andes" (PDF), Lonely Planet, Docs, Google, p. 16, retrieved 19 February 2011  |section= ignored (help)
  6. ^ Ray, Leslie: Language of the land. The Mapuche in Argentina and Chile. IWGIA, Copenhagen 2007, ISBN 978-87-91563-37-9, p. 61.
  7. ^ Ray, Leslie: Language of the land. The Mapuche in Argentina and Chile. IWGIA, Copenhagen 2007, ISBN 978-87-91563-37-9, pp. 61–2.
  8. ^ a b c "Philippe Boiry, un rey patagonico que juega a Robin Hood". AR: La Nación. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "In Patagonia", Books, google, p. 16, retrieved 18 February 2011 
  10. ^ Aucarania