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

The Fundamental Laws

  Before Capet Before Hugh Capet, we first see the rule of the Merovingians.  Clovis I conquered all of Gaul, becoming the first King of the Franks.  Under the persuasion of his Catholic wife, Clovis converted from Frankish paganism to Catholicism, being baptised in 508. The Carolingians came to power in 752 when Pope Zachary … More The Fundamental Laws

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