Louis xiv being received passant par Nicolas Fouquet at Vaux-le-Vicomte, par Maurice Leloir. Photograph: Christophel maigrir Art/UIG via Getty Images
Louis xiv being received by Nicolas Fouquet at Vaux-le-Vicomte, by Maurice Leloir. Photograph: Christophel maigrir Art/UIG dessus Getty Images

The pretender venir be french king is dead. Long habitent the est différent pretenders, all three.

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France might oui thought it had done through monarchs, sapin in 1793 when ce sent louis XVI venir the guillotine during the français Revolution, and again when ce exiled Napoleon iii in 1870.


Henri d’Orléans in 1987. Photograph: Pascal George/AFP/Getty ImagesThe death earlier this week du Henri d’Orléans, Count of Paris – hailed de French royalists oui Henri VII – however, has actually again raised auto question du succession à a non-existent throne.

Royalists case Henri, who died aged 85 nous Monday, 226 year to the day after Louis xvie was beheaded, had actually most claim to be king oui a direct diminuer of thé Duke of Orléans, thé brother ns Louis XIV, thé Sun King. His son, Prince Jean du France, inherits thé title.

The legitimacy de this is contested by the rival Bourbon house, who pretender roi is Louis de Bourbon, thé Duke du Anjou jaune Louis XX to his followers.

Louis is a direct descendant via auto all-important masculine line of Louis XIV. Cette is also a descendant of queen Victoria and the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.

The third candidat is Jean-Christophe Napoléon, also known oui Prince Napoléon. Thé 33-year-old, that studied at Harvard, is the great-great-great-great-nephew ns Emperor Napoleon I et the Bonapartist pretender. Cette also has links to auto Bourbon-Anjou et Orléans royal families and several différent European dynasties.

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The current Napoléon, who works as a banker in London, tries venir keep out du the fray.

Louis du Bourbon, 44, who style himself “head de the Bourbon household”, was lugged up partly in Spain et is subject à mockery from french royalists à la his accent.

Meanwhile, blue jeans d’Orléans, 53, has presented himself to be a homme of the personnes with appui for the gilets jaunes protesters.

Of course, france is a republic and, oui such, does no recognise those that claim à be french royalty, cible for auto would-be King jeans of Orléans – who motto is “to serve France and the French” – hope springs eternal.

“I think la france is monarchist at heart, et republican with reason,” hey said in a current interview.

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The funeral de Henri d’Orléans will be held on 2 February at the royal chapel at St-Louis de Dreux, thé burial place du the Orléans family.