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Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme

Prince Jean
Duke of Vendôme (more)
File:Le Prince Jean de France.jpg
Spouse Philomena de Tornos Steinhart
Issue Prince Gaston of Orléans
Princess Antoinette of Orléans
Princess Louise-Marguerite of Orléans
Father Prince Henri, Count of Paris
Mother Duchess Marie Therese of Württemberg
Born (1965-05-19) 19 May 1965 (age 50)
Religion Roman Catholicism

Prince Jean of Orléans, Dauphin of France, Duke of Vendôme (Jean Charles Pierre Marie; born 19 May 1965, Paris, France), also called Jean d’Orléans, is the second son of Prince Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France, the Head of the House of Orléans, and Duchess Marie Therese of Württemberg. According to the Orléanists, he is in the line of succession to the French throne.

Marriage and issue

Prince Jean was due to marry Duchess Tatjana of Oldenburg (b. 1974) in 2001. Duchess Tatjana is the youngest daughter of Duke Johann of Oldenburg and Countess Ilka of Ortenberg. Her elder sister Eilika married Archduke Georg of Austria in 1997. However, the wedding was cancelled at the last minute because of a dispute over religion. Jean's father Henri feared the Orléans claim to the throne would be compromised if there were to be a Protestant heir.[1]

File:Famille d'Orléans.jpg
Jean of Orléans with Philomena and their son Gaston
Styles of
Prince Jean,
Duke of Vendôme
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Monseigneur
French Royal Family

HRH The Count of Paris
HRH The Countess of Paris

On 29 November 2008, the Count of Paris announced the engagement of the Duke of Vendôme to Maria Magdalena Philomena Juliana Johanna de Tornos y Steinhart, born in Vienna on 19 June 1977.[2] The civil wedding, conducted by Mayor Rachida Dati, took place on 19 March 2009 in Paris. The religious wedding was held on 2 May 2009 at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame at Senlis,[3] with a reception at Château de Chantilly.[4] The bride wore a gown by Christian Lacroix and a jacket embroidered by Maison Lesage.[5]

Philomena is the daughter of Alfonso de Tornos y Zubiría (b. Getxo, 13 October 1937), of Basque ancestry, and wife (m. Vienna, 18 September 1976) Maria Antonia Anna Zdenka Edle von Steinhart (b. 1944), of Austro-Hungarian ancestry.[6][7] She has a sister named María Magdalena (b. 1980) and a brother named David (b. 1982). Her paternal grandparents were Juan de Tornos y Espelíus (b. 2 April 1905), Secretary of the Count of Barcelona, and wife (m. 1930 or 1931) María del Carmen Zubiría y Calbetón (b. 29 June 1906), daughter of the 2nd Marquesses de Yanduri.[8] Her maternal grandparents were Ferdinand Edler von Steinhart (1910–1998) and wife (m. September 1939) Gabriele Felicitas Murad (1913–1994), paternal granddaughter of Murad Effendi.[9]

She spent part of her youth in the Auvergne and studied at the Lycée Maritime in Ciboure.[10]

The couple have three children:

  • Prince Gaston Louis Antoine Marie of Orléans (born 19 November 2009 in Paris)

Prince Gaston has six godparents: Prince Eudes, Duke of Angoulême (paternal uncle), Magdalena de Tornos (maternal aunt), Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Count François-Pierre de Faydeau and Countess Magdalena of El Abra.

  • Princess Antoinette Léopoldine Jeanne Marie of Orléans (born 28 January 2012 in Vienna)

Princess Antoinette has six godparents: David de Tornos (maternal uncle), Princess Leopoldine of Liechtenstein (her first cousin), Count Damian von Schönborn-Buchheim (father's first cousin), Francesca Lopez de la Osa, Leopoldo Gavito and Dominique de Layre.

  • Princess Louise-Marguerite Eléonore Marie of Orléans (born 30 July 2014 in Poissy)

Princess Louise-Marguerite has five godparents: Princess Marguerite of Liechtenstein (her first cousin), Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, Philippe d'Albert, 13th duc de Luynes, Prince Alvaro de Orléans-Borbón and Archduke Michael of Austria.

Titles and styles

  • His Royal Highness Prince Jean of Orléans (1965–1987)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Jean of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme (1987–1999)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Jean of Orléans, Dauphin of Viennois, Duke of Vendôme (1999–2006)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Jean of Orléans, Dauphin of France, Duke of Vendôme (2006–present)

He was created Duke of Vendôme (French: Duc de Vendôme) on 27 September 1987 and Dauphin of Viennois (French: Dauphin de Viennois) on 19 June 1999. He was created Dauphin of France (French: Dauphin de France) in 2006, bypassing his mentally disabled elder brother, Prince François, Count of Clermont, according to the website of the Orléanist French royal family.

He is styled shortly as HRH The Duke of Vendôme.


Jean, Duke of Vendôme

Military Honours

Philomena, Duchess of Vendôme

Dynastical Honours



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Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 19 May 1965
Titles in pretence
First in line Orléanist line of succession to the French throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Gaston
Preceded by
François, Count of Clermont
Legitimist line of succession to the French throne
81st position
Succeeded by
Prince Gaston