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Charles Joseph, comte de Flahaut

Charles, comte de Flahaut
Charles, de facto 2nd Count of Flahaut
Born (1785-04-21)21 April 1785
Paris, France
Died 1 September 1870(1870-09-01) (aged 85)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Spouse(s) Margaret, Countess of Flahault, also Baroness Keith and Nairne
Issue Charles, Duke of Morny;
Emily Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne;
Georgiana, Dowager Marchioness of La Valette
Parents Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord;
Adelaide Filleul, Marchioness of Souza-Botelho

Auguste-Charles-Joseph de Flahaut de La Billarderie, comte de Flahaut[1] (21 April 1785 – 1 September 1870) was a French general and statesman.

Charles de Flahaut was the lover of Napoleon I's stepdaughter, Hortense de Beauharnais (Queen of Holland), by whom he had an illegitimate son, Charles Demorny who later became Duke of Morny.


  • Biography 1
  • Honours 2
  • References 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


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Flahaut died in Paris on 1 September 1870.[3]

"The comte de Flahaut is perhaps better remembered for his exploits in gallantry, and the elegant manners in which he had been carefully trained by his mother, than for his public services, which were not, however, so inconsiderable as they have sometimes been represented to be".

In the opinion of the author of a biography on Flahaut in Encyclopædia Britannica (eleventh edition):[3]

Subsequently he was attached to the household of the Duke of Orléans and, in 1841, was posted as Ambassador to Vienna, where he remained until 1848, when he was dismissed and retired from army service. After the Coup d'état of 1851, his services were re-engaged, and from 1860 to 1862 he served as French Ambassador to the Court of St James's.

Comte Charles de Flahaut's arms

The Flahauts returned to France in 1827 and, in 1830, King Louis-Philippe promoted the Count to the rank of Lieutenant-General as well as creating him a Peer of France. He remained a staunch supporter of Talleyrand's policies, and in 1831 served briefly as French Ambassador to Berlin.[3]

Since the then French Ambassador opposed the marriage, Flahaut offered to resign his commission.

They had five daughters: [3] in 1837.7th Lady Nairne de jure in 1823 and 2nd Baroness Keith she succeeded, in her own right, as [6] He was spared exile due to an intervention by

A mission to Vienna to secure the return of Empress Marie-Louise resulted in failure. He was present at Waterloo, and afterwards sought to place Napoleon II on the throne.[3]

After Napoleon's abdication in 1814 he submitted to the new French government, but was placed on the retired list in September. Flahaut was assiduous in his attendance on Queen Hortense until the Hundred Days brought him back into active service.[3]

Flahaut fought with distinction in the Russian Campaign of 1812 and, in 1813, was appointed Brigadier-General and AdC to Emperor Napoleon being promoted, after the Battle of Leipzig, as a Général de division.[3]

Meanwhile the Countess Potocka had established herself in Paris, but Flahaut had by this time entered into a relationship with Queen Hortense of Holland; the birth of their son was registered in Paris on 21 October 1811 as Charles-Auguste-Louis-Joseph Demorny, later created Duc de Morny.[3]

S.E. le comte de Flahaut when French Imperial Ambassador to London

At Warsaw he met Anne Poniatowska, Countess Potocka with whom he quickly became intimate.[3] After the Battle of Friedland he was awarded the Legion of Honour and returned to Paris in 1807. He served in Spain in 1808, and then in Germany.[3]

Charles de Flahaut volunteered for military service joining the cavalry in 1800, and received his army commission after the Battle of Marengo. He was appointed Aide-de-Camp to Joachim, 1st Prince Murat, and was wounded at the Battle of Landbach in 1805.


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