Week of Mourning for Prince of Araucania
His Serene Highness The Prince of Araucania & Patagonia, Head of the Royal House of that name, passed away on Sunday. He was 75 years old.
Conceived in 1860 by Orelie-Antoine de Tounens, the Kingdom laid claim to the region of Araucania and eastern Patagonia. As Antoine I, he maintained alliances with indigenous tribes. His reign came to an end in 1862, when Chilean forces ousted him. The successors to the Kingdom were not all directly related to him. As Prince, Antoine IV spent his time as a social worker, caring for the most vulnerable.
“[Prince Antoine’s] commitment to helping those in need has been an inspiration to many,” The Queen messaged on social media. “Including myself.”
Queen Marie-Adélina, who returned from an unofficial trip to New York City, ordered seven days of court mourning on Monday. She also broke with royal protocol and ordered the Royal Standard to be flown at half-mast until Thursday.
The funeral for the late Prince will take place on Wednesday. A Regency Council has been assembled to name a new successor to the vacant throne.