Micaela, Countess of Paris

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Micaëla Cousiño
Dowager Countess of Paris
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Consort of the Head of the House of Orléans
Tenure19 June 1999 – 21 January 2019
Predecessor Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza
Successor Philomena de Tornos Steinhart
BornMicaëla Ana María Cousiño y Quiñones de León
(1938-04-30)30 April 1938
Vichy, Allier, France
Jean-Robert Bœuf
(m. 1961,divorced)

IssueAlexis Bœuf
House Orléans (by marriage)
FatherLuis Maximiliano Cousiño y Sébire
MotherAntonia Quiñones de Léon y Bañuelos, 4th Marquesa of San Carlos
Religion Roman Catholicism

Micaëla d'Orléans (née Micaëla Ana María Cousiño y Quiñones de León; 30 April 1938, Vichy, France) was the second wife of Henri, Count of Paris, Orléanist pretender to the throne of France and head of the House of Orléans from 1999 until his death in 2019.


Early life

Micaëla Ana María Cousiño y Quiñones de León was born the daughter of Luis Maximiliano Cousiño y Sébire [1] , heir to one of the largest family fortunes of Chile, dating from the 18th century. [2] Her mother was Antonia Quiñones de Léon y Bañuelos, 4th Marquesa of San Carlos and Grandee of Spain. [3] [4]

The family name Cousiño derives from "Couto de Liomil", a title given as a reward by King Afonso I of Portugal.[ citation needed ] This name derived as "Coutinho" in Portugal and "Cousiño" in Galicia.


Micaëla Cousiño started her career on the radio in France. Later, she worked for a press agency - a large advertising group both in Madrid and in Paris. From 1978 to May 1981, she became responsible for the communication of the minister and the senior directors at the cabinet of then government minister Raymond Barre. [5] . She also worked as an employee of the Cancer Research Association for a year in 1982. Since the accession of her late husband as head of the Royal House of Orléans, she became involved with the family's activities and has participated in many events together with other members of the de jure royal family.

Marriages and children

Micaëla Cousiño has been married twice. Firstly she married Jean-Robert Bœuf in 1961, with whom she had a child, Alexis Bœuf. Secondly, in 1984, she married Henri d'Orléans, Count of Paris having had no offspring from this marriage.

Henri d'Orléans, then Count of Clermont, and Micaëla married civilly in 1984. This marriage was without the consent of Henri's father, then head of the House of Orléans, who initially declared Henri disinherited, [6] substituting the non-dynastic title Comte de Mortain for his son's Clermont countship (the latter once held in appanage by a son of Louis IX of France, who became ancestor of the Bourbon-Orléans line). Henri refused to acknowledge this title, but this act created a lasting division within the Orléans family.

Tensions lessened after several years, and on 7 March 1991 the Count of Paris reinstated Henri as heir apparent and Count of Clermont, simultaneously giving Micaëla the title "Princesse de Joinville". [7]


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