Sons and Heirs pp 196-210 | Cite as

The Impossible Task of Replacing a Model Heir: The Death of Ferdinand-Philippe d’Orléans and the ‘New France’

  • Heidi Mehrkens
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)


From a dynastic perspective the French monarchy seemed rock solid in July 1842. King Louis-Philippe I and Queen Marie-Amélie were blessed with ten children. Five of their sons had reached adulthood; young Prince Antoine celebrated his eighteenth birthday that summer.1 The king was very fond of his seven grandchildren, among them six boys, each one of them as fit as a fiddle. The family members were on first-name terms and enjoyed spending time together.2


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