Prince Jean, Duke of Guise

Prince Jean of Orléans, Duke of Guise (Jean Pierre Clément Marie; 4 September 1874 25 August 1940), was the third son and youngest child of Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres (1840–1910), grandson of Prince Ferdinand Philippe and great-grandson of Louis Philippe I, King of the French. His mother was Françoise of Orléans, daughter of François, Prince of Joinville, and Princess Francisca of Brazil.

Duke of Guise
Orléanist pretender to the French throne
Pretence28 March 1926 – 25 August 1940
PredecessorPrince Philippe, Duke of Orléans
SuccessorHenri, Count of Paris
Born(1874-09-04)4 September 1874
Paris, France
Died25 August 1940(1940-08-25) (aged 65)
Larache, Morocco
SpousePrincess Isabelle of Orléans
IssueIsabelle, Princess Pierre Murat
Françoise, Princess Christopher of Greece and Denmark
Princess Anne, Duchess of Aosta
Prince Henri, Count of Paris
Full name
Jean Pierre Clément Marie d'Orléans
FatherPrince Robert, Duke of Chartres
MotherPrincess Françoise of Orléans
ReligionRoman Catholic


Upon the death of his cousin and brother-in-law Philippe, Duke of Orléans, claimant to the throne of France as "Philip VIII", the Duke of Guise became, at least for his Orleanist and Unionist supporters, titular king of France as "Jean III".[1] The title was disputed by members of the Spanish Anjou branch of the family, descended from Louis XIV of France.

He died in Larache, Morocco, in 1940. He was succeeded as claimant to the French throne by his only son, Henri d' Orléans, Count of Paris.

Marriage and issue

In 1899, he married his first cousin, Isabelle d'Orléans (1878–1961). She was the younger sister of Philip VIII, and the daughter of Philip VII and Marie Isabelle d'Orléans.

They had four children:


  • 4 September 1874 – 30 October 1899 : His Royal Highness Prince Jean of Orléans
  • 30 October 1899 - 25 August 1940 : His Royal Highness The Duke of Guise



  1. "Duke of Guise claims throne". royalmusingsblogspotcom. Archived from the original on 2018-01-10. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  2. "ADIEU MADAME". Retrieved 7 November 2012.

Prince Jean, Duke of Guise
Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 4 September 1874 Died: 25 August 1940
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Philippe VIII
King of the French
28 March 1926 – 25 August 1940
Succeeded by
Henri VI
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