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Princess Marie Isabelle
Countess of Paris
Photograph of Princess Marie Isabelle of Orléans taken on her wedding day
Spouse Philippe, Count of Paris
Issue
Amélie, Queen of Portugal
Philippe, Duke of Orléans
Hélène, Duchess of Aosta
Charles
Isabelle, Duchess of Guise
Jacques
Louise, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Ferdinand, Duke of Montpensier
House House of Orléans
Father Antoine, Duke of Montpensier
Mother Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain
Born 21 September 1848(1848-09-21)
Died 23 April 1919 (aged 70)

Princess Marie-Isabelle of Orléans (Seville, 21 September 1848 – Villamanrique de la Condesa 23 april 1919) was an infanta of Spain and Countess of Paris.

She was born in Seville to Antoine, Duke of Montpensier and Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain. Antoine was the youngest son of Louis-Philippe I, the last King of France, and Maria Amalia of the Two Sicilies. Infanta Luisa Fernanda was the daughter of Ferdinand VII of Spain and her grandfather's fourth wife Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies. All 4 of her grandparents and 7 of her 8 great-grandparents were members of the French Royal House of Bourbon.

On 30 May 1864, she married her cousin Philippe of Orléans, claimant to the French throne as Philippe VII. They had eight children:

Forced to leave France, Marie-Isabelle and her husband first lived in England, where her father Louis-Philippe I had lived after his abdication in 1848. In 1871 they were allowed to return to France, where they lived in the Hôtel Matignon in Paris and in the château d'Eu in Normandy.

In 1886, they were forced to leave France for a second time. In 1894, her husband died in exile at Stowe House in Buckinghamshire. Marie-Isabelle lived in the Randan château in France, and died in 1919 at her palace in Villamanrique de la Condesa, near Seville.

References

  • Généalogie des rois et des princes by Jean-Charles Volkmann Edit. Jean-Paul Gisserot (1998)

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