Princess Françoise of Orléans (1844–1925)

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Françoise of Orléans
Duchess of Chartres
Françoise of Orléans (1844–1925), Duchess of Chartress.jpg
Born(1844-08-14)14 August 1844
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died28 October 1925(1925-10-28) (aged 81)
Château de Saint-Firmin, France
Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres
(m. 1863; died 1910)
IssueMarie, Princess Valdemar of Denmark
Prince Robert
Prince Henri
Marguerite, Duchess of Magenta
Prince Jean, Duke of Guise
Full name
Françoise Marie Amélie d'Orléans
FatherFrançois, Prince of Joinville
MotherFrancisca of Brazil
ReligionRoman Catholic
SignatureFrançoise of Orléans's signature

Françoise of Orléans (Françoise Marie Amélie; 14 August 1844 – 28 October 1925) was a member of the House of Orléans and by marriage Duchess of Chartres.

Princess of Orléans[edit]

Françoise d'Orléans was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine the daughter of Prince François, Prince of Joinville (son of King Louis Philippe I), and of Princess Francisca of Brazil (daughter of Emperor Peter I of Brazil).

Duchess of Chartres[edit]

On 11 June 1863 at Saint Raphael's Church in Kingston upon Thames, England, she married her first cousin Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres. They had five children. Princess Françoise died in Château de Saint-Firmin.


The Duchess of Chartres and her husband
  1. Princess Marie of Orléans (1865–1909), who in 1885 married Prince Valdemar of Denmark, son of King Christian IX of Denmark.
  2. Prince Robert of Orléans (1866–1885)
  3. Prince Henri of Orléans (1867–1901)
  4. Princess Marguerite of Orléans (1869–1940), who in 1896 married Marie-Armand-Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of Magenta, son of Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of Magenta.
  5. Prince Jean of Orléans (1874–1940), Duke of Guise, and Orléanist pretender to the throne of France as "Jean III", who, in 1899, married his first cousin Princess Isabelle of Orléans and had issue.


Titles and styles[edit]

  • 14 August 1844 – 11 June 1863: Her Royal Highness Princess Françoise of Orléans
  • 11 June 1863 – 5 December 1910: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Chartres
  • 5 December 1910 – 28 October 1925: Her Royal Highness the Dowager Duchess of Chartres


  • (in French) Dominique Paoli, Fortunes et infortunes des princes d'Orléans 1848-1918, Artena, Paris, 2006.
  • (in French) Jean-Charles Volkmann, Généalogie des rois et des princes, Éditions Jean-Paul Gisserot, Paris, 1998.