|Duke of Aumale|
|Born||16 January 1822|
Palais Royal, Paris
|Died||7 May 1897 (aged 75)|
Royal Chapel, Dreux, France
|Spouse||Carolina Augusta of the Two Sicilies|
|Louis, Prince of Condé|
François Louis, Duke of Guise
|Father||Louis Philippe I|
|Mother||Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily|
Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale (16 January 1822 - 7 May 1897) was a leader of the Orleanists, a political faction in 19th-century France associated with constitutional monarchy. He was born in Paris, the fifth son of King Louis-Philippe I of the French and Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily. He used the title Duke of Aumale. He retired from public life in 1883.
At the age of 8, Henri inherited a fortune of 66 million livres (approximately £200 million today), the lands and wealth of his godfather, Louis Henri de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, the last Prince of Condé. Henri also inherited the famous Château de Chantilly, domaines of Saint-Leu, Taverny, Enghien, Montmorency and Mortefontaine. He also gained the Château d'Écouen. At the age of seventeen he entered the army with the rank of a captain of infantry.
On 25 November 1844, Henri married Princess Maria Carolina of the Two Sicilies, daughter of Leopold of the Two Sicilies, Prince of Salerno and Archduchess Maria Clementina of Austria, in Naples. The couple had several children, two of whom reached adulthood but nonetheless predeceased him.
Henri distinguished himself during the French invasion of Algeria and, in 1847, he became lieutenant-general and was appointed Governor-General of Algeria, a position he held from 27 September 1847 to 24 February 1848.
In this capacity, he received the submission of the emir Abdel Kadir, in December 1847. After the Revolution of 1848, he retired to England and busied himself with historical and military studies, responding in 1861 to Napoleon III's violent attacks upon the House of Orléans with a Letter upon History of France.
At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, he volunteered for service in the French army but his offer was declined. Elected deputy for the Oise département, he returned to France, and succeeded to the seat of the comte Montalembert in the Académie française. In March 1872, he resumed his place in the army as Général de division and, in 1873, presided over the court-martial which condemned Marshal Bazaine to death.
At this time, having been appointed commander of the VII Army Corps at Besançon, he retired from political life and, in 1879, became inspector-general of the army. The act of exception, passed in 1883, deprived all members of families who had reigned in France of their military positions. Consequently, the duc d'Aumale was placed on the unemployed supernumerary list.
Subsequently, in 1886, another law was promulgated which expelled from French territory the heads of former reigning families and provided that, henceforward, all members of those families should be disqualified for any public position or function and election to any public body. The duc d'Aumale protested energetically but was nonetheless expelled.
|Royal styles of|
Prince Henri, Duke of Aumale
|Reference style||His Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
After the fire of the Bazar de la Charité, the duke wanted to send his condolences to the families of the victims, however, after writing 20 letters, he suffered a cardiac arrest and died. In his will, written on 3 June 1884, the duke had bequeathed his Chantilly estate to the Institute of France, including the Château de Chantilly where his extensive art collection was to be turned into a museum. This generosity led to the government withdrawing his decree of exile and the duke returned to France in 1889.
The duke of Aumale did not have a personal coat of arms. He used the traditional arms of the House of Orléans, consisting of:
|Ancestors of Henri d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale|