The Royal House of Bourbon-Bhopal in India

Connetable_BourbonCharles III of Bourbon, Constable of France

The story of this family is absolutely fascinating.

H.R.H. Prince Jean Phillipe of Bourbon, Count of Clermont was son of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Duke of Bourbon and Constable of France. He arrived in India in 1560. He entered the service of His Majesty Emperor Akkbar and eventually married the Emperor’s sister in law, Juliana Mascarenhas. He was made Raja of Shergar in payment for his outstanding services and his loyalty to the Mogul Empire. His descendants served the Empire until the fall of Delhi in 1739 when the Shah of Persia, Nadir Shah, invaded India.
After the fall of Delhi, Frances II of Bourbon moved with his family to rule over the small Principality of Shergar and it was here that the Maharaja of Narwar, taking advantage of the diminished power of the Empire attacked and destroyed Shergar. All the accumulated wealth was stolen and all the archives pertaining to the family and its origin were destroyed out of spite. Since those days the history of the family has been passed from one generation to the other orally.
The family eventually moved to Bhopal where two of his descendants, first Prince Balthazar I of Bourbon and later his son Prince Sebastien of Bourbon became Prime Ministers to the Begums of Bhopal. The ‘fleur de lys’ is part of the Royal Coat of Arms of the Bhopal Royal family as a tribute to the elder branch of the Bourbons.
Today the head of the family is a laywer and he still lives in Bhopal. His name is H.R.H. Prince Bhaltazar IV of Bourbon-Bhopal, Count of Clermont. He is married to Princess Elisha and has 3 children. The eldest, H.R.H. Prince Frederick, Duke of Shergar is currently living in California and H.R.H. Princess Michelle and H.R.H Prince Adrian study in Bhopal.
I advise those interested in this story to read different articles and also visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bourbon.Bhopal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourbons_of_Indiahttp://articles.latimes.com/2008/jan/10/world/fg-bourbon10

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1597249,00.html

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/the-bourbons-of-bhopal/25252/0

http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jul/23french.htm

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2007-07-23/india/27970849_1_le-rajah-balthazar-bourbon-french-throne

http://www.bhopaldiocese.net/

http://www.sanjitroy.com/2011/03/palace-of-bourbon-in-bhopal.html

http://books.google.com/books?id=KCm1s6NYjpkC&pg=PA170#v=onepage&q=1560%20Jean%20Philippe&f=false

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Prince Blathazar IV with Princess Elisha and his younger children.

Escudo_Bourbon-BhopalTHE COAT OF ARMS OF THE BOURBONS OF BHOPAL

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Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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