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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The title Princess of Condé was given to the wife of the Prince du Sang, the Prince of Condé. There was never a principality, sovereign or vassal but was regarded as one of the most important titles of the Ancien Régime. This great importance was due to the Condé family owning the rank of First Prince of the Blood from the beginning of the reign of Henry IV of France till 1709 when the rank was transferred to the House of Orléans by Louis XIV of France, himself the father of a Princess of Condé.

This prestigious rank allowed the Prince to be addressed as Monsieur le Prince and his wife as Madame la Princesse. The Condé family also maintained the right to the style of Monsieur le Duc, given to the heir of Monsieur le Prince and Madame la Duchesse the daughter in law of the Prince.

The holder of the title was allowed the style of Serene Highness.

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