Count Friedrich Karl von Schönborn and Princess Isabelle d’Orléans at the funeral of Madame the Countess of Paris, 2003.

Today, Princess Isabelle d’Orléans celebrates her ninetieth birthday!

Isabelle with her grandparents/godparents: Princess Elizabeth of Orléans-Branganza and the Duke of Guise, 1932.
The baptism of Princess Isabelle.
From left to right: Princess Isabelle, Countess d’Harcourt; the Count of Paris, Prince Pedro of Orléans-Braganza, the Duchess of Guise, Queen Marie-Amélie of Portugal, the Duke of Guise, and Princess Elizabeth of Orléans-Braganza.
In front is the Countess of Paris with little Princess Isabelle.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Keystone-France.

Born on 8 April 1932 at Woluwé-Saint-Pierre in Belgium, Princess Isabelle “Isa” Marie Laura Victoire d’Orléans was the first child of Prince Henri and Princess Isabelle, the Count and Countess of Paris. 

Prince Henri, future Count of Paris, with his sister Princess Isabelle.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Keystone-France.
The Count and  Countess of Paris with their eleven children.
Photo (c) Getty Images / STF.

Isabelle had ten younger siblings. She was followed by Prince Henri (1933-2019), Princess Hélène (b.1934), Prince François (1935-1960), Princess Anne (b.1938), Princess Diane (b.1940), the twins Prince Michel and Prince Jacques (b.1941), Princess Claude (b.1943), Princess Chantal (b.1946), and Prince Thibaut (1948-1983). Princess Isabelle obtained an education in social work and nursing. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Isabelle worked as a volunteer nurse in Paris in addition to working in a psychiatric facility in Brooklyn. 

Princess Isabelle on the cover of Paris Match.
Princess Isabelle and Count Friedrich Karl at home.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Jack Garofalo.

In September 1964, Princess Isabelle d’Orléans married Count Friedrich Karl von Schönborn-Buchheim (b.Schönborn 30 March 1938), the second son of Count Georg von Schönborn-Buchheim (1906-1989) and Countess Elisabeth Orssich de Slavetich (1902-1967). The couple had first met in 1954 at a ball. Isabelle’s religious wedding was held discretely at Dreux. 

Friedrich Karl and Isabelle with their children.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Slim Aarons. 

Count Karl Friedrich and Princess Isabelle have five children: Hereditary Count Damian (b.1965; married Deirdre Mary Ascough), Count Vinzenz (b.1966; married Katharina Maria Christiane Martina Graf (b.1975), Countess Lorraine Marie (b.1968; married Count Wilhelm von Spee), Countess Claire Marie (b.1969; married Wolfgang Liechtenfeld), and Count Melchior Raphael (b.1977; married Bernadette von Mentzingen). 

Princess Isabelle in 2000.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.

Our best wishes to the Princess on her birthday!

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