"La nombreuse famille des Orléans réunie en Grande Bretagne lors des funérailles de l'ex-reine des français, SAR la princesse Marie-Amélie de Bourbon et des Deux Siciles."
Queen Marie-Amélie died at Claremont House in Surrey on 24 March 1866. She was eighty-three years old, having outlived her husband Louis Philippe by sixteen years, and having lived in exile for nearly twenty. Clarement House had been lent to the deposed royal couple by Queen Victoria, and in this photograph Marie-Amélie's surviving children, grandchildren, and other members of the extended Orléans family are to be seen gathered on the grounds there. After the funeral ceremonies, the Queen's coffin would rest in the cemetery chapel at nearby Weybridge along with that of her husband and other members of the family who had died in exile. It was not until ten years later that their remains were allowed to be returned to France, where they now reside in the Orléans mausoleum at Dreux.
Illustrations of the Queen's lying-in-state and her funeral procession.
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