Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme

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Prince Jean
Duke of Vendôme (more)
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Born (1965-05-19) 19 May 1965 (age 53)
Philomena de Tornos Steinhart (m. 2009)
IssuePrince Gaston
Princess Antoinette
Princess Louise-Marguerite
Prince Joseph
Princess Jacinthe
FatherHenri, Count of Paris
MotherDuchess Marie Therese of Württemberg
ReligionRoman Catholic
French royal family
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HRH The Count of Paris
HRH The Countess of Paris

Prince Jean of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme (Jean Charles Pierre Marie; born 19 May 1965 in Paris, France), also called Jean d’Orléans, is the second son of Prince Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France, the Head of the House of Orléans, and Duchess Marie Therese of Württemberg. According to the Orléanists, he is first in the line of succession to the French throne.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Jean of Orléans with Philomena and their son Gaston

Prince Jean was due to marry Duchess Tatjana of Oldenburg (b. 1974) in 2001. Duchess Tatjana is the youngest daughter of Duke Johann of Oldenburg and Countess Ilka of Ortenburg. Her elder sister Eilika married Archduke Georg of Austria in 1997. However, the wedding was cancelled at the last minute because of a dispute over religion. Jean's father Henri feared the Orléans claim to the throne would be compromised if there were to be a Protestant heir.[2]

On 29 November 2008, the Count of Paris announced the engagement of the Duke of Vendôme to Maria Magdalena Philomena Juliana Johanna de Tornos y Steinhart, born in Vienna on 19 June 1977.[3] The civil wedding, conducted by Mayor Rachida Dati, took place on 19 March 2009 in Paris. The religious wedding was held on 2 May 2009 at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame at Senlis,[4] with a reception at the Château de Chantilly.[5] The bride wore a gown by Christian Lacroix and a jacket embroidered by Maison Lesage.[6]

Philomena is the daughter of Alfonso de Tornos y Zubiría (b. Getxo, 13 October 1937), of Basque ancestry, and wife (m. Vienna, 18 September 1976) Maria Antonia Anna Zdenka Edle von Steinhart (b. 1944), of Austro-Hungarian ancestry.[7][8] She has a sister named María Magdalena (b. 1980) and a brother named David (b. 1982). Her paternal grandparents were Juan de Tornos y Espelíus (b. 2 April 1905), secretary of the Don Juan, Count of Barcelona, and wife (m. 1930 or 1931) María del Carmen Zubiría y Calbetón (b. 29 June 1906), daughter of the 2nd Marqués de Yanduri.[9] Her maternal grandparents were Ferdinand Edler von Steinhart (1910–1998) and wife (m. September 1939) Gabriele Felicitas Murad von Werner (1913–1994), paternal granddaughter of Murad Effendi.[10]

She spent part of her youth in the Auvergne and studied at the Lycée Maritime in Ciboure.[11]

The couple have five children:

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

  • 19 May 1965 – 27 September 1987:[13] His Royal Highness Jean d'Orléans, prince (fils) of France
  • 27 September 1987 – present: His Royal Highness Jean d'Orléans, prince (fils) of France, Duke of Vendôme

He was created Duke of Vendôme (French: Duc de Vendôme) on 27 September 1987.





Patrilineal descent[edit]

Jean is a member of the House of Orléans, a cadet branch of the House of Bourbon, itself a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty. His patrilineal ancestors, or direct male-line ancestors, include many of the Kings of France.


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  6. ^ WWD Staff (2009-05-04). "Fashion Scoops: The Next Halston?… Something Lacroix…. – WWD". Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart, * 1977 -". Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
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  13. ^ de Montjouvent, Philippe. Le Comte de Paris et sa Descendance. Editions du Chaney, 1998, Charenton, France. pp. 214-346, 396-398. (French). ISBN 2-913211-00-3.
  14. ^ "Détails de l'object - Sipa Press: A Window on the World. Agence Presse". 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  15. ^ "Heir to the French Throne and former French Minister invested into the Order - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 25 June 2012. Retrieved 2017-05-23.

External links[edit]

Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 19 May 1965
Titles in pretence
First in line Orléanist line of succession to the French throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Gaston
Preceded by
Prince Henri, Count of Paris
Legitimist line of succession to the French throne
81st position