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Napoléon V Victor Bonaparte-Moncalieri, Prince Napoleon

Also Known As: "Napoléon V"
Birthplace: Palais Royal, Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
Death: Died in Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
Immediate Family:

Son of Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte, 3rd Prince de Montfort and Maria Clotilde Therese Louise di Savoia-Carignano, Princess of Montfort, Princess Napoléon Bonaparte
Husband of Princess Clémentine of Belgium, Princess Napoléon
Father of Princess Marie Clothilde de Witt and Louis, Prince Napoleon
Brother of Louis Bonaparte (1864-1932) and Marie Létizia Laetitia di Savoia, Duchess of Aosta

Occupation: Prince Napoleon, 4th rince of Montfort
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About Victor, Prince Napoléon

Victor, Prince Napoléon From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Victor, Prince Napoléon (Napoléon Victor Jérôme Frédéric Bonaparte; 18 July 1862 – 3 May 1926) was the Bonapartist pretender to the French throne from 1879 until his death in 1926. He was known as Napoléon V by his supporters.


[edit]Early life He was born in the Palais Royal of Paris during the Second French Empire the son of the Prince Napoleon and his wife Princess Marie Clothilde of Savoy, daughter of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. At the time of his birth he was third in the line of succession to the throne behind the Prince Imperial and his father. The Empire came to an end in 1870 with the abdication of Emperor Napoléon III. [edit]Bonaparte heir He was appointed head of the house of Bonaparte at the age of 18 in the will of Napoléon Eugène, Prince Imperial, who died in 1879, and so became Napoleon V to his supporters, though his younger brother, Prince Louis, a colonel in the Russian Imperial Guard, was preferred to him by many Bonapartists.[1] The decision by the Prince Imperial to bypass Prince Victor's father led to a complete breakdown in relations between father and son. In May, 1886 the French Republic expelled the princes of the former ruling dynasties and so Prince Victor left France for exile in Belgium.[2] [edit]Dreyfus affair At the time of the death of President Félix Faure during the Dreyfus affair, a number of political factions attempted to take advantage of the disorder and Prince Victor announced to a delegation from the Imperialist committee that he would take action to restore the French Empire when he felt that the time was favourable. In order to achieve this, he announced he would place himself at the head of the movement with his brother, Prince Louis, fighting beside him who he said would be "bringing to the Bonapartist forces his prestige and his military talents as well as his rank in the Russian army". The Duke of Orléans, rival claimant to the throne, also had forces available and they were ready to cross the French frontier at same time as the Bonapartist forces. In the end the anticipated outbreak in France didn't materialise and the French Third Republic survived one of its gravest crises.[1]

Death Prince Victor died on 3 May 1926 in Brussels with the French author Charles Maurras commenting on Prince Victor's time as pretender saying that he hadn't offered any new ideas since 1884 and no radical alternatives to republican governments.[3] He was succeeded as the Bonaparte heir by his only son Prince Louis. [edit]Family

On 10 November/14 November 1910, at Moncalieri, Prince Victor was married to Princess Clémentine of Belgium (1872-1955), daughter of Leopold II of Belgium and Marie Henriette of Austria. They had two children: Princess Marie Clotilde Eugénie Alberte Laetitia Généviève Bonaparte (1912-1996) married Serge de Witt Prince Louis Napoléon (1914-1997)

Spouse Princess Clémentine of Belgium Issue Princess Marie-Clotilde Prince Louis

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Victor, Prince Napoléon's Timeline

July 18, 1862
Palais Royal, Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
March 20, 1912
Age 49
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
January 23, 1914
Age 51
Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
May 3, 1926
Age 63
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium