Princess Marie Isabelle of Orléans

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Marie Isabelle
Countess of Paris
Duchess of Orléans
Marie Isabelle Comtesse de Paris.jpg
Consort of the Head of the House of Orléans
Tenure30 May 1864 – 8 September 1894
PredecessorMaria Amalia of Naples and Sicily (as Queen of the French)
SuccessorMaria Dorothea of Austria
Born(1848-09-21)21 September 1848
Royal Alcázars of Seville, Seville, Spain
Died23 April 1919(1919-04-23) (aged 70)
Palacio de Orléans, Villamanrique de la Condesa, Spain
(m. 1864; died 1894)
IssueAmélie, Queen of Portugal
Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans
Princess Hélène, Duchess of Aosta
Princess Isabelle, Duchess of Guise
Louise, Infanta Carlos of Spain
Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Montpensier
French: Marie Isabelle Françoise d’Asis Antoinette Louise Ferdinande Christine Amélie Philippine Adélaïde Joséphine Hélène Henriette Caroline Justine Rufine Gasparine Melchiore Baltassare Mâté d’Orléans
Spanish: María Isabel Francisca de Asís Antonia Luisa Fernanda Cristina Amelia Felipa Adelaida Josefa Elena Enriqueta Carolina Justina Rufina Gasparina Melchora Baltasara Matea
FatherPrince Antoine, Duke of Montpensier
MotherInfanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Princess Marie Isabelle of Orléans (María Isabel de Orleans y Borbón; 21 September 1848 – 23 April 1919) was born an infanta of Spain and a Princess of Orléans and became the Countess of Paris by marriage.


She was born in Seville to Prince 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 Naples and Sicily. Infanta Luisa was the daughter of Ferdinand VII of Spain and his fourth wife Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies. All four of her grandparents and seven of her eight great-grandparents were members of the French Royal House of Bourbon.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 30 May 1864 at St. Raphael's Church in Kingston upon Thames, England, when she was only fifteen, Isabelle married her cousin Philippe d'Orléans, claimant to the French throne as Philippe VII. They had eight children:

As the French royal family had been in exile since their grandfather King Louis Philippe abdicated in 1848, Marie Isabelle and her husband first lived at York House, Twickenham. In 1871 the family was allowed to return to France, where they lived in the Hôtel Matignon in Paris and in the Château d'Eu in Normandy.

The Countess of Paris was known for her rather masculine habits of smoking cigars and participating in field sports, especially shooting, yet could surprise people with her elegance on formal occasions.[1]

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 Château de Randan in France, and died in 1919 at her palace in Villamanrique de la Condesa, near Seville.



  1. ^ Hanson, The Wandering Princess, 30, 32
  • Généalogie des rois et des princes by Jean-Charles Volkmann Edit. Jean-Paul Gisserot (1998)
  • "The Wandering Princess: Princess Hélène of France, Duchess of Aosta (1871-1951), by Edward Hanson. Fonthill, 2017.

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Princess Marie Isabelle of Orléans
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 21 September 1848 Died: 23 April 1919
Titles in pretence
Title last held by
Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily
Queen consort of the French
30 May 1864 – 8 September 1894
Reason for succession failure:
French Revolution of 1848
Succeeded by
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Queen consort of France and Navarre
24 August 1883 – 8 September 1894
Reason for succession failure:
Dynasty deposed in 1830