Louis Alexandre, Prince of Lamballe

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Louis Alexandre de Bourbon
Prince of Lamballe
Lamballe by an unknown artist
Born(1747-09-06)6 September 1747
Hôtel de Toulouse, Paris, France
Died6 May 1768(1768-05-06) (aged 20)
Château de Louveciennes, France
Royal Chapel, Dreux, France
SpouseMaria Luisa of Savoy
Full name
Louis Alexandre Joseph Stanislas de Bourbon
FatherLouis Jean Marie de Bourbon
MotherMaria Teresa d'Este
ReligionRoman Catholicism
SignatureLouis Alexandre de Bourbon's signature

Louis Alexandre de Bourbon (Louis Alexandre Joseph Stanislas; 6 September 1747 – 6 May 1768) was the son and heir of Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, grandson of Louis XIV by the king's legitimised son, Louis Alexandre de Bourbon, Count of Toulouse. He was known as the Prince of Lamballe from birth. He died before his father, and did not have children.

Biography[change | change source]

Louis Alexandre was born on 6 September 1747, at the Hôtel de Toulouse in Paris. The prince de Lamballe, as he was known all his life, was the couple's only surviving son. He was one of seven children.

Marriage[change | change source]

His father chose his bride, the Italian born Princess Maria Luisa Teresa of Savoy "Mademoiselle de Carignan". The wedding celebration lasted from 17 January 1767, until 27 January with feasts in Turin and Nangis. His father arranged the marriage to try and get his son to settle down as he was a well known womaniser. However after three months Louis Alexandre soon tired of his young wife and resumed his life of débaucherie. He eloped with Mademoiselle de La Chassaigne, an opera dancer, five months into his marriage. At one point, Louis Alexandre sold his wife's diamonds to raise money to pay his debts.

Death[change | change source]

After a dissipated short life, Louis Alexandre died on 6 May 1768, sixteen months after his marriage, of a venereal disease at the Château de Louveciennes in the arms of his wife. He died without any children. His wife inherited part of his fortune. He was buried at the Royal Chapel, Dreux, France by his younger sister Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[change | change source]

Titles and styles[change | change source]

Lamballe's arms.
  • 6 September 1747 – 6 May 1768 His Serene Highness the Prince of Lamballe

Commons[change | change source]

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