Ferdinand d'Orléans, duc de Montpensier

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Ferdinand d'Orléans, duc de Montpensier, around 1920

Ferdinand François Philippe Marie Laurent d'Orléans, duc de Montpensier (born September 9, 1884 at Eu Castle in Eu , †  January 30, 1924 at Randan Castle in Randan ) was a member of the Orléans House . He carried the courtesy title "duc de Montpensier".


Ferdinand d'Orléans was the youngest son of eight children of the French aristocrat Louis Philippe Albert d'Orléans, comte de Paris (1838-1894) and his wife Princess Maria Isabella d'Orléans-Montpensier (1848-1919), the eldest daughter of Antoine d'Orléans, duc de Montpensier and the Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain . His paternal grandparents were Ferdinand Philippe d'Orléans, duc de Chartres and Princess Helene zu Mecklenburg-Schwerin . His maternal grandparents were King Ferdinand VII of Spain and Maria Christina , the daughter of King Francis I of the Two Sicilies and his wife Maria Isabel of Spain .

After studying at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge , he went on extensive journeys, including Brazil , Japan , Borneo , India and French Indochina . He wrote down his impressions of the country and its people in his travelogues and published them later. Ferdinand d'Orléans was an avid supporter of the theses of the naturalist Charles Darwin .

In 1913 the great powers recognized the Albanian state at the conference of ambassadors in London . The great powers, however, doubted that the Albanians could govern themselves and therefore reserved the right to appoint a prince. Their proposal fell on Ferdinand d'Orléans, duc de Montpensier - but he turned it down, as he said that this offer would be better suited to his older brother Louis Philippe Robert d'Orléans, duc d'Orléans . But the choice finally fell on a German Protestant - Prince Wilhelm zu Wied - who was also favored by Austria-Hungary and Germany.

Maria Isabella d'Orléans-Montpensier died in Seville on July 20, 1919 and was buried in the Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. On August 20, 1921, Ferdinand d'Orléans married the Spanish noblewoman Doña María Isabel Josefa Theodora González de Olañeta y Ibarreta (1897–1958), heir to Don Ulpiano González de Olañeta y González de Ocampo, 2nd Marquis de Valdeter at Château de Randan and Doña Isabel de Ibarreta y Uhagón. The marriage remained childless. Almost three years later, Ferdinand d'Orléans died of a heart attack - it was suspected that he was experimenting with drugs - and was buried in the Chapelle royale de Dreux in Dreux . A year later, his widow married José Maria de Huarte y de Jáuregui († 1969) in Madrid .


  • 1910 La ville au bois dormant, de Saigon à Angkor en automobile
  • 1912 En Indo-chine. Mes chasses, mes voyages


  • Jiří Louda, Michael MacLagan: Lines of Succession. Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe. Little, Brown and Company, London 1999, ISBN 0-316-84820-4 .
  • Arnold McNaughton: The Book of Kings. A Royal Genealogy. 3 volumes. Garnstone Press, London 1973, ISBN 0-900391-19-7 .
  • Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd: Burke's Royal Families of the World. Burke's Peerage Ltd., London 1977, ISBN 0-85011-029-7 .
  • Georges Poisson : Les Orléans. Une famille en quête d'un trône. 3. Edition. Perrin, Paris 1999, ISBN 2-262-01583-X .

Web links

Commons : Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Montpensier  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. ^ Ferdinand François Philippe Marie Laurent d'Orléans, Duc de Montpensier on thepeerage.com , accessed on September 11, 2016.
  2. ^ The duc de Montpensier and the throne of Albania
  3. La Chapelle royale de Dreux