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Clémentine d'Orléans

  • Birth 6 Mar 1817 Neuilly-sur-Seine, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
  • Death 16 Feb 1907 Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
  • Burial Coburg, Coburger Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Memorial ID 85242646

French Royalty. Marie Clémentine Léopoldine Caroline Clotilde d'Orléans, daughter of Louis Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans, and his wife Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily, was born at the Château de Neuilly in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Her father became King of the French in 1830. Her mother was the daughter of King Ferdinand I of Naples and Sicily. The princess was said to be beautiful and accomplished, and was much sought after as a bride. She married Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on April 20, 1843 at the Château de Saint-Cloud. The couple decided to reside in France. The marriage produced five children, all of whom survived to adulthood. With the onset of the Revolution of 1848, the princess and her family fled France, and settled in Austria. Clémentine campaigned vigorously to regain the ancestral inheritance of the Orléans family, which had been taken by Louis Napoléon. She was widowed in 1881. The Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha sought thrones for her children, particularly Ferdinand, her youngest child, who became Tsar of Bulgaria. Clémentine followed her son to Bulgaria and used her extreme wealth in philanthropic causes. By doing so, she created good will for her son, the sovereign. After Ferdinand's first wife died, Clémentine assumed responsibility for his children's education. The Ilinden Uprising of 1903 resulted in an increase in refugees. The princess coordinated the humanitarian response. She died in Vienna at the age of eighty-nine. She was interred at Saint Augustine's Church in Coburg, Germany. Her tomb with its effigy is next to that for her husband. Both tombs are positioned immediately behind the red and gold coffin of Ferdinand I, Tsar of Bulgaria. Clémentine's inscription is: "King's daughter, no Queen herself, yet King's mother."

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  • Originally Created by: Anne Philbrick
  • Added: 20 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85242646
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clémentine d'Orléans (6 Mar 1817–16 Feb 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85242646, citing Saint Augustin's Church, Coburg, Coburger Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .