Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme

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Prince Emmanuel
Duke of Vendôme
Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme.jpg
Born (1872-01-18)18 January 1872
Obermais, Meran
Died 1 February 1931(1931-02-01) (aged 59)
Cannes, French Third Republic
Burial Chapelle royale de Dreux
Spouse Princess Henriette of Belgium
Issue Princess Marie Louise
Princess Sophie
Princess Geneviève
Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Nemours
Full name
French: Philippe Emmanuel Maximilien Marie Eudes
House Orléans
Father Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon
Mother Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria
Religion Roman Catholicism

Prince Emmanuel of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme (Philippe Emmanuel Maximilien Marie Eudes; 18 January 1872 – 1 February 1931) was a French royal from the House of Orléans.


Emmanuel was born in Obermais, Meran. He was a son of Ferdinand Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Alençon and his wife Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria.[1] The latter was the famed duchesse d'Alençon who died in a fire at a charity bazaar in Paris on 4 May 1897.

He married on 12 February 1896 in Brussels with Princess Henriette of Belgium, daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders (1837–1905) and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1845–1912).[1] King Albert I of Belgium was his brother-in-law.

They had four children:[1]

  • Princess Marie Louise (31 December 1896 – 8 March 1973), wed firstly 15 January 1916 Prince Philip of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1885–1949), annulled 1926, with issue.
  • Princess Sophie (19 October 1898 Neuilly – 9 October 1928 Lugrin)
  • Princess Geneviève (21 September 1901 Neuilly – 22 August 1983 Rio de Janeiro), wed in Neuilly, France 2 July 1923 Antoine, Marquis de Chaponay (1893–1956), widower of Diane de Cossé Brissac (d. 1921), with issue.
  • Prince Charles Philippe (4 April 1905 – 10 March 1970), Duke of Nemours, wed non-dynastically in Paris 24 September 1928 Marguerite Watson (1899–1993) of Richmond, Virginia, without issue.[1]

The couple had estates in Belgium, France and Switzerland until after World War I, when their fortune diminished rapidly and they were forced to sell some properties. Philippe died unexpectedly in 1931 from heart failure after catching a cold, in Cannes, France. He is buried in the Chapelle Royale de Saint Louis, in Dreux.


Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 18 January 1872 – 1 February 1931 His Royal Highness the Duke of Vendome.



  1. ^ a b c d de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery. Paris. 2002. pp. 474–476 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado