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1974: Louis XX – Today’s Direct Successor of the French Royal Crown and the Great-grandson of Francisco Franco

1974: Louis XX – Today’s Direct Successor of the French Royal Crown and the Great-grandson of Francisco Franco
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  • Historical event:
  • 25 April 1974
  • Louis Alphonse is the direct descendant of the powerful French king Louis XIV known as the "Sun King". The so-called Legitimists consider Louis XX the legitimate pretender to the French crown. They called him Louis XX of France.

Louis Alphonse, the Duke of Anjou, was born on this day in 1974.

It is interesting that he is the present-day head of the famous dynasty of Capet, the most powerful dynasty in the history of Europe (including the Habsburgs whose male line died off).

All French kings, from the early Middle Ages to Louis XVI and the French Revolution, were members of the Capetian dynasty. Further, the dynasty of Capet returned to power after Napoleon Bonaparte, and ruled France until 1848.

Louis Alphonse is the direct descendant of the powerful French king Louis XIV known as the “Sun King”. Indeed, Louis Alphonse is his successor with the highest level of seniority (all other branches of the dynasty were younger).

However, Louis Alphonse is not the present king, although younger branches of the Capetian dynasty ruled Spain and Luxembourg at this time. The reason for that is the fact that their ancestor Louis Alphonse renounced the throne, which was forwarded to the younger branches of the dynasty.

As the head of the House of Capet, Louis Alphonse wants to become a king. The so-called Legitimists consider Louis XX the legitimate pretender to the French crown. They call him Louis XX of France (there are also the Bonapartists and the Orleanists).

Louis Alphonse is also the cousin of the present King of Spain Juan Carlos, and it is particularly interesting that he is a great-grandson of the famous Francisco Franco through the maternal line.

The grandmother of Louis Alphonse was Franco’s daughter María del Carmen Franco. This grandmother currently holds the title of Duchess of Franco (Spanish: Duquesa de Franco), and Louis Alphonse will probably inherit the title.

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