Zénaïde Bonaparte

Princess Zénaïde
Princess of Canino and Musignano

Zénaïde Bonaparte (in front) and her sister Charlotte, commissioned during the winter of 1821, by David.
Born (1801-07-08)8 July 1801
Paris, France
Died 8 August 1854(1854-08-08) (aged 53)
Naples, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Burial Santa Maria in Via Lata
Spouse Charles Lucien Bonaparte
Full name
Zénaïde Laetitia Julie Bonaparte
House Bonaparte
Father Joseph Bonaparte
Mother Julie Clary

Zénaïde Laetitia Julie Bonaparte, Princess of Canino and Musignano (8 July 1801 8 August 1854) was the elder daughter of Joseph Bonaparte and Julie Clary, and the wife of Charles Lucien Bonaparte, who was also her cousin. She joined her father in Bordentown, New Jersey in exile for several years.



On 29 June 1822, in Brussels, she married her cousin, her uncle Lucien's son, Charles Lucien Bonaparte. Her father Joseph had suggested the marriage to his wife when Zénaïde was only five; the idea was to carry on the Napoleonic succession (a return to power was always anticipated) by marrying his two daughters to sons of two of his brothers.[1] The wedding was met with surprisingly little fanfare, perhaps because Zénaïde's mother was outraged at the excessive sum of the dowry (730,000 francs, which was unreasonable considering that Lucien's villa in Rome had cost only 150,000), which had strained her resources.[1]

Charles was an ornithologist (who named the Zenaida doves after her). They had twelve children, listed below.

Name Date of birth Date of death
Joseph Lucien Charles Napoléon Bonaparte,
3rd Prince of Canino and Musignano
13 February 18242 September 1865(1865-09-02) (aged 41)
Alexandrine Gertrude Zénaïde Bonaparte9 June 1826 1 May 1828(1828-05-01) (aged 1)
Lucien Louis Joseph Napoléon Bonaparte,
4th Prince of Canino and Musignano
15 November 182819 November 1895(1895-11-19) (aged 67)
Julie Charlotte Bonaparte5 June 183028 October 1900(1900-10-28) (aged 70)
Charlotte Honorine Joséphine Pauline Bonaparte4 March 1832 1 October 1901(1901-10-01) (aged 69)
Léonie Stéphanie Elise Bonaparte18 September 183314 September 1839(1839-09-14) (aged 5)
Marie Désirée Eugénie Joséphine Philomène Bonaparte18 March 183528 August 1890(1890-08-28) (aged 55)
Augusta Amélie Maximilienne Jacqueline Bonaparte (married the son of Charlotte Bonaparte Gabrielli)9 November 183629 March 1900(1900-03-29) (aged 63)
Napoléon Charles Grégoire Jacques Philippe Bonaparte,
5th Prince of Canino and Musignano
5 February 183911 February 1899(1899-02-11) (aged 60)
Bathilde Aloïse Léonie Bonaparte26 November 18409 June 1861(1861-06-09) (aged 20)
Albertine Marie Thérèse Bonaparte12 March 18423 June 1842(1842-06-03) (aged 0)
Charles Albert Bonaparte22 March 18436 December 1847(1847-12-06) (aged 4)



  1. 1 2 Stroud, pp. 25-29
View of Princess Zenaide's former residence, Bordentown, New Jersey


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