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Louise Marie Adelaïde Eugénie d'Orléans

Louise Marie Adélaïde Eugénie d'Orléans (Paris, 23 August 1777 - Paris, 31 December 1847) was one of the twin daughters of Louis Philippe II d'Orléans, known as Philippe Égalité during the French Revolution, and his wife, Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon-Penthièvre. She was titled Mademoiselle de Chartres at birth, Mademoiselle d'Orléans at the death of her twin sister in 1782, Mademoiselle (1783-1812), Madame Adélaïde (1830). As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, she was a princesse du sang.

During the French Revolution, she left France. It has been said she went to America for a while and married and had children with a Prussian whose last name was von Schoeppel, though this has not been proven yet. In 1814, when her brother Louis-Philippe came back to France after Napoleon I's abdication, she returned to live in his household.

When Louis-Philippe became King of the French in the reign known as the July Monarchy (1830-1848), she was known as Madame Adélaïde. All her life, she was his loyal advisor (or in 19th century parlance, his "Egeria").

Adélaïde d'Orléans died on 31 December 1847, two months before Louis-Philippe's abdication on 24 February 1848. She is buried in the d'Orléans necropolis in the Chapelle Royale de Dreux.

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  • "Mademoiselle d'Orléans", The Edinburgh Annual Register (1816): 290-291.
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