Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon (Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon; born 11 July 1986) is, in the views of some Bonapartists, head of the former Imperial House of France and the heir of Napoleon Bonaparte.
|Head of the House of Bonaparte (disputed)|
|Tenure||3 May 1997 – present|
|Predecessor||Louis, Prince Napoléon|
|Heir Presumptive||Prince Jérôme Napoléon|
|Born||11 July 1986|
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
|Father||Prince Charles Napoléon|
|Mother||Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies|
|French Imperial Family|
Prince Jean-Christophe was born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France. He is the son of Prince Charles Napoléon and his first wife Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, daughter of the late Prince Ferdinand of Bourbon, Duke of Castro, a claimant to headship of the former Royal House of the Two Sicilies. His parents divorced on 2 May 1989, two months before Jean-Christophe's 3rd birthday.
Jean-Christophe is the great-great-great-great-nephew of Emperor Napoleon I (who has no legitimate direct descendants) through the emperor's youngest brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia. Through his mother, he is a descendant of King Louis XIV of France and through his great-grandmother, Princess Clémentine of Belgium, he descends from William IV, Prince of Orange, Charles III of Spain, Frederick William I of Prussia, George II of Great Britain and Louis Philippe I, King of the French, who was the last king to rule France, while his great-great-grandfather was Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, the heir of the Emperor Napoleon III, France’s most recent monarch.
Jean-Christophe's grandfather, Louis, Prince Napoléon, died in 1997 and stipulated in his will that he wished his 11-year-old grandson Jean-Christophe to succeed him as Head of the Imperial House of France rather than the boy's father, Charles, who had embraced republican principles and remarried without his father's authorization. Despite the dynastic dispute, Jean-Christophe's father has stated that "there will never be conflict" between him and his son over the imperial succession.
Education and careerEdit
Jean-Christophe studied at Lycée Saint Dominique in Neuilly-sur-Seine from 2001 to 2004, obtaining a baccalauréat with honours in the sciences and mathematics. From 2004 to 2006, he studied economics and mathematics at the Institut Privé de Préparation aux Études Supérieures (IPESUP) in Paris. Jean-Christophe matriculated at the HEC School of Management in Paris, graduating in 2011 with an MSc in management.
He has lived and worked in New York City as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley and in London as a private equity associate for Advent International. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish. He represents his dynasty's heritage at public events and ceremonies in France and elsewhere in Europe.
In March 2019, the engagement of Jean-Christophe to Countess Olympia of Arco-Zinneberg was announced.
Countess Olympia is the daughter of Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg, great-grandson of Ludwig III of Bavaria, and Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria, herself a daughter of Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, the second son of Blessed Charles I – the last Emperor of Austria, himself a great-grandnephew of Marie Louise, Empress of the French, second wife of Napoleon I. Prince Lorenz of Belgium is her maternal uncle making her related to members of the Belgian royal family. Both Jean-Christophe and Countess Olympia descend from King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, making them fourth cousins once removed.
Jean-Christophe proposed to Olympia with a 40-carat diamond ring, which originally belonged to Empress Eugénie. In April 2019, it was reported that the ring together with Olympia's cards had been stolen from the couple's car, which was parked in front of a hotel. Following an open investigation by the police, the thief was identified as a 30-year-old Egyptian and the ring was returned to the Countess.
Titles, styles and honoursEdit
- 11 July 1986 – 3 May 1997: His Imperial Highness Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon
- 3 May 1997 – present: His Imperial Highness Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
- House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Deputy President Bailiff Knight Grand Cross with Collar of Justice of the Two Sicilian Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
|Ancestors of Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon|
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- "Grand Magistral Appointments to the Constantinian Order and Royal Order of Francis I - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 29 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "City of London Banquet in Honour of HIH The Prince Napoleon - Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 30 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
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- Website of the Mexico-France Napoleonic Institute (In French and Spanish)
- Fondation Napoléon
- Renouveau Bonapartiste
Jean-Christophe, Prince NapoléonBorn: 11 July 1986
|Titles in pretence|
Napoléon VI Louis
|— TITULAR —
Emperor of the French
3 May 1997 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1870
Prince Jérôme Napoléon