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.


  1. Rest in Peace,
    Young Prince Imperial.
    U are not forgotten.
    US Army Veteran

  2. The queen mother once said; being born into privilege , brings responsibility and duty, this brave young prince went beyond that,,,, determined to be in the fight , died like a soldier , facing the enemy....Rest in peace brave young prince imperial.


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