A Royal Weekend to Remember

St. Louis Language Immersion Schools had the pleasure of hosting His Royal Highness Prince Louis de Bourbon, Duc d’Anjou & his wife Princess Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou on their first visit together to St. Louis, at the invitation of Archbishop Robert Carlson. Last Saturday, our school’s Staff & Board leadership hosted the Prince & Princess as they toured St. Louis in honor of our 250th anniversary and as representatives of his ancestors: Saint Louis, for whom our city is named and Louis XIV, who served as king of France when our city was founded.

The Prince & Princess had the unique opportunity to visit The French School.  After a reading a passage from The Little Prince in English, Spanish, & French, Prince Louis & Princess Marguerite entertained a variety of questions from our students in The French School & The Spanish School. We learned that they love horses, sports and their three young children – all of whom attend a biligual school in Madrid where the family resides.

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The afternoon was spent in the company of Mayor Francis Slay at City Hall.  In addition to offering the Prince & Princess a warm welcome to our city, Mayor Slay presented the couple with a key to our city and a proclamation of August 25, 2014 as Louis de Bourbon day in the city of St. Louis.

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Founder & President Rhonda Broussard shares, “In keeping with the local & global focus of our schools, this opportunity allowed the members of our school community to forge a relationship with the Prince and Princess as well as leaders in the St. Louis international, diplomatic,and business communities.” In addition to the school visit and reception at City Hall, St. Louis Language Immersion Schools hosted a private dinner at the Saint Louis Club on Saturday evening. We offer many thanks to The Fox Family Foundation, The Jane & Bruce Robert Charitable Foundation and Mayor Francis Slay for making this evening possible.

About HRH Louis de Bourbon, Duc d’Anjou

Prince Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou, is the successor of the king of France and is direct descendant of Louis XIV. He is the son of Prince Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou and of Cadix.  He is also the great-grandson of King Alphonse XIII of Spain, and the cousin of King Juan-Carlos I of Spain. After studying at the Lycée Français in Madrid and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences, Prince Louis of Bourbon studied at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF), Economic Sciences, with a major in Finance. He received a Masters of Finance from CUNEF and an Executive MBA from IESE in Madrid. Married since 2004 to Princess Marie-Marguerite, Prince Louis of Bourbon has three children. He resides with his family in Madrid and is the International Vice-President of Banco Occidental de Descuento based in Caracas, Venezuela.

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