07 August 2014
The King of France is Coming to St. Louis? That's Pretty Cool.
The St. Louis Review notes a number of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis occurring around the Feast of Saint Louis in late August. Mentioned among them is a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Carlson on Sunday, August 24, 2014 (vigil of the feast) at 5 pm at the Old Cathedral.
The article mentions that among those expected to attend is "Prince Louis de Bourbon", by whom it actually means His Royal Majesty, Louis XX of France (the rightful King of France); or if you will, His Royal Highness, Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou; or, if you must, Alfonso Jaime Marcelino Manuel Víctor María de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú, Head of the Bourbon line, senior male heir of Hugh Capet, of Henry IV, and of Louis XIV.
P.S. He also has a colorable claim to the Spanish throne. And throw in several other hereditary titles.
Too bad the Mass will be in the ordinary form for this most extraordinary event. The only Mass being celebrated by priests in St. Louis at its founding in 1764 will not be in attendance, alas.