Louise d'Orléans (1869–1952)

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Princess Louise
Princess Alfons of Bavaria
Louise d'Orléans, Princess of Bavaria.jpg
Born(1869-07-19)19 July 1869
Bushy House, Teddington, England
Died4 February 1952(1952-02-04) (aged 82)
Munich, Germany
(m. 1891; died 1933)
IssuePrince Joseph Clemens
Princess Elisabeth Maria
French: Louise Victoire Marie Amélie Sophie
FatherPrince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon
MotherSophie Charlotte of Bavaria

Princess Louise d'Orléans (Louise Victoire Marie Amélie Sophie; 19 July 1869 – 4 February 1952) was a French princess of the House of Orléans and a member of the Royal Family of Bavaria. Throughout her life, Louise remained very close to her first cousin, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria.

Early life and family[edit]

Princess Louise of Orléans was born at Bushy House, Teddington, England in 1869. She was the daughter of the French prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon, and his wife Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria. Louise's mother was a sister of Empress Elisabeth of Austria ("Sisi") and Queen Marie of the Two Sicilies, the heroine of Gaeta. Her paternal grandparents were Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours, the second son of Louis-Philippe I, King of the French; and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a first cousin of Queen Victoria. Louise had a younger brother, Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme.


On 15 April 1891 at Schloss Nymphenburg, Louise married her second cousin Prince Alfons of Bavaria. He was the second son of Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1828–1875) and his wife, Amelia de Bourbon (1834–1905).

They had two children:

In Paris on 4 May 1897, her mother, the famed duchesse d'Alençon, died in a fire at a charity bazaar (the Bazar de la Charité); she had refused rescue attempts, insisting that the girls working with her at the bazaar be saved first.

Louise died in 1952 in Munich.



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