Louis XX, heir to the French throne, suddenly appeared in public
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Louis XX bears the title of Duke of Bourbon. Is the only one from the dynasty who has the legal right to use the royal coat of arms.
A memorial ceremony was held in Paris over the weekend in memory of King Louis XVI, who was executed on January 21, 1793. This year the ceremony was especially magnificent, as it was 230 years since the death of the king, who passed away as a simple citizen Louis Capet. And the ceremony was attended by Louis XX of Bourbon-Capeting, a direct descendant of Louis XIV in the tenth generation and a senior representative of the Capetian family. Histoires Royales writes about this.
Usually, royalists celebrate the death of the king with torchlight processions and memorial ceremonies in the chapel where the ashes of Louis XVI are buried.
Louis Alphonse of Bourbon-Capeting, who bears the title of Duke of Bourbon, is the only one of the dynasty who has the legal right to use the royal coat of arms.
He is a Legitimist claimant to the throne of France through the grandson of Louis XIV (r. 1643–1715), Philip V of Spain. Philip renounced his claim to the French throne in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. Rival Orléanist claimants argue that this, and the fact that he was born a Spanish citizen, disqualifies Louis Alphonse from the throne. They also wonder if he is indeed the male heir of Louis XIV, given the rumors that Alfonso XII (his great-great-grandfather) was illegitimate.
Louis Alphonse on the paternal side is the eldest great-grandson of Alfonso XIII, King of Spain. However, his grandfather Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia, renounced his rights to the Spanish throne for himself and his descendants due to his deafness, a waiver disputed by the Legitimists. The crown of Spain passed to his second cousin, King Felipe VI of Spain.
By his mother, Louis is also the great-grandson of the Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco, and by his father, the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.
Louis Alphonse was born in 1974, his older brother died in a car accident in 1984, and in 1989 his father died at a ski resort in Colorado. So now he is one of the “contenders” for the French throne. Sometimes he gives speeches, where he justifies how good the monarchy is for France. He calls himself a monarchist, “but not an anti-republican.” He advocates a constitutional monarchy with a king who acts as “a moral authority, a foreign ambassador, a unifying figure and a reminder of the nation's history”. He supported the yellow vest movement, but opposed abortion and same-sex marriage.
However, he has rivals. The Bourbons of Orleans do not recognize Louis XX as the legitimate heir, putting forward their candidate, 73-year-old Henri of Orleans, who is also Henri VII, heir of France and Navarre, to the throne.
Louis XX is married to the daughter of a Venezuelan businessman. The couple has four children.
Louis XX honored the memory of his ancestor in the church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. And in the Expiatory Chapel. It is located on the site of the former Madeleine cemetery, where the executed king was buried in a mass grave.
Twenty-two years after his death, in 1815, Louis XVI was exhumed and his ashes transferred to the royal necropolis of Saint-Denis. At the same time, the foundation stone was laid for the Expiatory Chapel, the memorial chapel of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.