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Helene Louise von Mecklenburg-Schwerin

  • Birth 24 Jan 1814 Ludwigslust-Parchimer Landkreis, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
  • Death 18 May 1858 Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
  • Burial Dreux, Departement d'Eure-et-Loir, Centre, France
  • Memorial ID 6449850

Duchess d'Orléans. Born Helene Luise Elisabeth Herzogin von Mecklenburg-Schwerin at Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, the daughter of Friedrich Ludwig Erbgroßherzog von Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Karoline Luise Prinzessin von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. She married Ferdinand Philippe d'Orléans, Prince héréditaire de France, Duc d'Orléans in May 1837 at Fontainebleau, Île-de-France, France. A happy marriage, it produced two sons. Within five years, however, her husband was killed in a carriage accident in Sablonville and was interred in a tomb in the Chapelle Royale, in Dreux, Eure-et-Loir. In February 1848, after the abdication of Louis Philippe, the duchess applied to the Chamber of Deputies in the hope of having her eldest son proclaimed heir and of obtaining the regency; but the hostility of the populace forced her to flee. She took refuge in England, where she died ten years later at the age of 44. She was returned to France for burial, but was barred from burial in the Catholic chapel beside her husband. Instead she was interred in a room with a separate entrance attached to the chapel. An opening was made between her tomb and her husband's and the duchess' effigy reaches through it toward that of the duke.

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Gravesite Details Chapelle Royale, Dreux, France

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  • Originally Created by: Gary Galván
  • Added: 27 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6449850
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helene Louise von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (24 Jan 1814–18 May 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6449850, citing Chapelle Royale de Dreux, Dreux, Departement d'Eure-et-Loir, Centre, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .