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Louise Henriette de Bourbon (20 June 1726 – 9 February 1759), Mademoiselle de Conti at birth, was a French princess, who, by marriage, became Duchess of Chartres (1743–1752), then Duchess of Orléans (1752–1759) upon the death of her father-in-law. On 4 February 1752, her husband became the head of the House of Orléans, and the First Prince of the Blood (Premier prince du sang), the most important personage after the immediate members of the royal family.

The new Duke of Orléans and his wife were then addressed as Monsieur le Prince and Madame la Princesse. Louise Henriette de Bourbon, Duchess of Orléans, was a grandmother of the French monarch Louis-Philippe King of the French, “the Citizen King”. Her descendants include the present-day pretenders to the throne of France and Italy and the kings of Spain and Belgium.

Background

Louise Henriette was born in Paris, the only daughter of Louis Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti and Louise Élisabeth de Bourbon. Her father was the second son of François Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Conti known as le Grand Conti and his wife Marie Thérèse de Bourbon. Her paternal grandmother and her maternal grandfather being siblings, her parents were first cousins. Her mother was the oldest and favourite daughter of Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, herself the oldest of the surviving legitimised daughters of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, Louise Henriette was a Princess of the Blood (princesse du sang). In her youth she was known at court as Mademoiselle de Conti.

Her father died in 1727 due to a “chest swelling”. Her father was known to have been abusive to his wife and left her without even having apologised to his wife. As such her oldest surviving brother Louis François de Bourbon (1717–1776) became the Prince of Conti. At the time of her father’s death, she was one of three children; her brother the Prince; and another brother Louis Armand de Bourbon, the Duke of Mercœur (1722–1730).

Marriage

One of Louise Henriette’s cousins, Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre, son of Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, Count of Toulouse, and heir to the Penthièvre fortune, had proposed marriage to her, but her mother’s choice fell upon the heir of the more prestigious House of Orléans. As a result, on 17 December 1743, at the age of seventeen, Louise Henriette married her second cousin, the Duke of Chartres, Louis Philippe d'Orléans, in the chapel of the Palace of Versailles.

Louise Henriette’s mother, Louise Élisabeth de Bourbon, hoped the marriage would put an end to conflict between the House of Bourbon-Condé and the House of Orléans, the source being animosity between Louise Élisabeth’s mother, Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, Dowager Princess of Condé, and her aunt, Françoise-Marie de Bourbon, Dowager Duchess of Orléans, who were sisters and legitimised daughters of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. 

In 1731, a marriage between the two families had already taken place, that of Henriette’s elder brother Louis François I de Bourbon, prince de Conti to Louise Diane d'Orléans. The Duke of Chartres’ father, Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans, known as the Pious, accepted his wife’s choice because of the princess’ upbringing in a convent; however, after a much passionate beginning, Louise Henriette’s scandalous behaviour caused the couple to break up.

Among her extramarital affairs, she is said to have had a relationship with the Count of Melfort whom she met at the Château de Saint-Cloud after the birth of her son. During the Revolution of 1789, Philippe-Égalité publicly claimed that his real father was not his mother’s husband at all but instead a coachman at the Palais-Royal.

Death

Louise Henriette died on 9 February 1759 at age 32, with her husband and children at her side, at the Palais-Royal, the Orléans residence in Paris.Her son and daughter were, respectively, eleven and eight years old. After her death, her husband had several mistresses, ultimately finding the love of his life, the witty but married marquise de Montesson, whom he married after she became a widow. Like her mother, who had inherited the title through her Condé’s ancestry, Louise Henriette was the duchesse d'Étampes in her own right, having inherited the title on the occasion of her husband’s rise to the head of the House of Orléans in 1752. At her death, her son inherited the ducal title, which he held until it became extinct in 1792, during the French Revolution.

In June 1759, shortly after his twelfth birthday, Louis Philippe, her only son, was presented before the court at Versailles, officially meeting King Louis XV and the royal family. Despite their detached relationship, the Duke of Orléans was greatly affected by his wife’s death, and so was their son. Louise Henriette was buried at the Val-de-Grâce in Paris.

Magister’s Birthright - ALTERNATE path.

If you’re a fan of Dorian’s romance plotline and know about the amulet quest, you might want to try the path less taken and do EVERYTHING behind Dorian’s back if you haven’t done so already.

DON’T talk to him about the amulet.

DON’T bring him with you to see Ponchard in Val Royeaux.

SURPRISE him with the amulet, and be ready to see him all choked up, AND get to ask bonus questions on how he feels about his family, particularly his father.  And also, his homeland.

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The prince; now King stood on the balcony extending from his quarters. Arms tucked behind his back, as silver hues stare down at the vast landscape tucked within the protective walls of his palace, and that beyond within his kingdom. it had all happened so quickly. With the reign of the former King Doflamingo coming to a sudden end, Law had never once guessed he’d ever stand in place of such a man, most certainly not as early as he had. Now, it was due to a freak accident, or a sickness; The King had been murdered.

There was a very short span of release which over came the Prince upon being freed from the grasp of the controlling man, but the world in which he escaped only lead into another similar fate, this time with more polished shackles. it all started when Law had found himself face to face with the murderer. His first insight was to thank the hellhound, but from there the situation became rather known to him.

Where he would remain the face of the kingdom, the King by blood, and by right, behind closed doors, within the shadows and hidden away from the likes of everyone else, there remained another person pulling the strings. He dare not completely disobey the man, seeing as the freedom cast over him had stretched from the sun rise to the sun setting, he could do as he pleased all up until darkness fell. And then he was his.

Of course it wasn’t as if he was truly free throughout the entire day from his hold on him. In a blink of an eye the entire kingdom could be slaughtered, and he would rather much avoid that. As much as he hated his former King, the people within the palace, along with living on the outskirts of the wall had been people he was fond of.

Though it had been the transition of having to answer to Michi and remembering where he actually stood that was proving to be a bit of a struggle.

Stepping through the large doors kept ajar, the King made his way through, not stopping until he came up to the couch resting in the corner of the room. Settling himself down, arms tucked over his chest, adjusting the heavy robe to not fall from his shoulders as of yet. Steel gems shifting in the direction of a shadowed figure across the room.

“Aren’t you a bit early?….” He kept his tone the least confrontational he could at that given time.