The count led a quite exciting life and travelled through a large part of the world. He served in the Foreign Legion and as ambassador in many countries.
Count Alexandre Colonna-Walewski, widely believed to be the illegitimate son of Napoleon Bonaparte, was born on this day in 1810. His mother was Countess Maria Walevska, who grew close with Napoleon when he was in Poland. Walevska was of aristocratic origin and was already married when she met Napoleon. When Napoleon first saw her in 1806, she was 19 years old, while he was 36.
Alexandre Colonna-Walewski was born in Walewice Palace near Warsaw. He was only 11 when Napoleon died on Saint Helena. The count led a quite exciting life and travelled through a large part of the world. He served in the Foreign Legion, and later became the ambassador in Egypt, Buenos Aires, Florence, Naples, Madrid, and London. At the time of his cousin Napoleon III he even became the French foreign minister. In 1866 he was made a duke. He died in Strasbourg in 1868, aged 58.