Family Pact of 1909

Background In 1864 Prince Gaston d’Orleans married Princess Isabella of Brazil, heiress to the Imperial throne of Brazil.  Prince Gaston moved to Brazil and took the Brazilian nationality.  Thus, the Prince ceased to be a French dynast. In 1889, the Brazilian monarchy was illegally overthrown in a coup.  Prince Gaston then hoped that he might … More Family Pact of 1909

Why We Use Regnal Numbers

Continuity of the Crown Many people wonder or question the practice of the French pretenders using regnal numbers when they aren’t actually on the throne. This is because of one of the Fundamental Laws called Continuity of the Crown.  It says that once the king is dead, the next in line is automatically king.  France, therefore, … More Why We Use Regnal Numbers

The Case for the King

Regicide and Political Chaos Jacobins and historians accuse Louis XVI of being a “tyrant.”  Jacobins celebrated their treasons against their king.  Even today, the anthem of the French Republic is filled with Jacobin lyrics! Was Louis XVI a tyrant? Of course not! He was a good man, though not very politically savvy, which would aid … More The Case for the King