History / OnThisDay - 6 March 1817 - Princess Clémentine d'Orléans

On 6 March 1817 at the Chateau de Neuilly a noble girl was born.
She received the names:
Princess Marie Clémentine Léopoldine Caroline Clothilde d'Orléans.



Family

Princess Clémentine was the youngest daughter of Louis Philip d'Orléans
and Marie Amalia of the Two Sicilies.

In 1830 Louis Philip became King of France. Princess Clémentine
was styled as a Royal Princess, Princess d'Orléans.

She was thus a sister of inter alia:

- Princess Louise d'Orléans, who became the first Queen of Belgium;
- Ferdinand Duke of Orleans;
- Princess Marie d'Orléans, who became duchess of Württemberg;
- and more



Love and marriage

King Leopold I of Belgium organized the wedding between his sister-in-law
Princess Clémentine and his nephew Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. He
was closely linked with the royal houses of Great Britain, Portugal, Spain,
Belgium, Brazil, Mexico and Austria-Hungary.

Princess Clémentine and Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha would
have 5 children. Her eldest son Philipp would marry Princess Louise of
Belgium.

She also was the mother of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria.



Duty

Princess Clémentine was described as a woman of formidable character
and ambition. She sought thrones and power for her sons and spoilt her
children.

There she was one of the founders of the Red Cross of Bulgaria.

"One of the cleverest royal ladies in Europe"




Death

Princess Clémentine died on 16 February 1907 in Vienna at the age of 89.
She was burried in Coburg.


Source pictures: Wikipedia

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