Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Memorial service for the Prince Imperial
On 6 June a memorial service will be held in St. Mary’s Chapel, Pietermaritzburg in honour of “Napoléon IV”, the Prince Imperial, who was killed on 1 June 1879 while serving in the British army during the Zulu War. The Prince Imperial was the only child of Emperor Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie and with him died any realistic hopes of a Bonaparte restoration. The picture shows his uniform and other clothes he worn when he fell, together with some of the spears which killed him – the items are all in the Second Empire Museum at Compiègne Palace.