Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans

Queen consort of Spain

Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans (11 December 1709 – 16 June 1742) was the wife of Louis I of Spain. She was a daughter of Françoise Marie de Bourbon and Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France. She married Louis, then known as the Prince of Asturias on 20 January 1722. She had no children and became Queen of Spain in January 1724 before her husband died the same year of smallpox. She was sent back to France where she died alone and ignored in Paris in 1742. She is noted as one of the shortest reigning royal consorts in history.

Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans
Louise Élisabeth by Ranc, 1724
Queen consort of Spain
Tenure15 January 1724 – 31 August 1724
Born(1709-12-11)11 December 1709
Palace of Versailles, France
Died16 June 1742(1742-06-16) (aged 32)
Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France
Burial16 June 1742
SpouseLouis I of Spain
Full name
Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans
HouseHouse of Orléans (by birth)
House of Bourbon (by marriage)
FatherPhilippe, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France
MotherFrançoise Marie de Bourbon
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Titles, styles, honours and arms


Titles and styles

  • 11 December 1709 - 20 January 1722 Her Serene Highness Mademoiselle de Montpensier
  • 20 January 1722 - 15 January 1724 Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias
  • 15 January 1724 - 6 September 1724 Her Majesty the Queen of Spain
  • 6 September 1724 - 16 June 1742 Her Majesty the Dowager Queen of Spain

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