Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Golden Wedding of Princess Chantal d'Orléans and François-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue


Princess Chantal on her wedding day with her parents, the Count and Countess of Paris.

In 1971, Princess Chantal d'Orléans (b.1946), the youngest daughter of the Count and Countess of Paris, became engaged to François-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue (b.1943), a member of a noble family originally from Bologna, Italy. The Sambucy de Sorgues established themselves in Rouergue in the XIV century. The family also had contact with the Orléans as François-Xavier's great-uncle, Father Gaston de Sambucy de Sorgue, was the priest who officiated over the burial ceremony, in the Royal Chapel at St Louis de Dreux, for the Duchess d'Orléans, King Louis-Philippe's mother. François-Xavier and Chantal were married at the Royal Chapel at Dreux on 28 July 1972. She wore a splendid wedding gown designed by renowned couturier Balmain, as well as a diadem by Mellerio, a gift from her in-laws. 

Chantal and François-Xavier with Alexandre and Kildine in 1999.

The couple have three children: Axel (b.1976), Alexandre (b.1978), and Kildine (b.1979).

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