Legialle will celebrate its first Proclamation Day on Wednesday, March 28th. Government offices will be closed that day.
The holiday commemorates the establishment of the Kingdom of Haiti in 1811. On that day, Henri Christophe, the President of the State of Haiti, proclaimed himself King on that day. Considered one of Haiti’s Founding Fathers, Henri’s regime ended in 1820. The Legiallois Royal Family are natural descendants of the King through his daughter, Blezine Georges. They are also related to the late king’s wife, Marie-Louise Coidavid, through her sister Cécile Fatiman. Her daughter, Marie-Louise Pierrot, would marry Blezine’s son Nord Pierre Alexis – the present Princess’s great-great-great grandfather.
This year's first celebration also coincides with an upcoming auction. A painting of Prince Jacques-Victor, Prince Royal of Haiti with his sisters Princess Françoise-Améthyste and Princess Anne-Athénaïre will go on sale in the coming weeks. With a price tag of $125,000, it is one of the few paintings to show the heir to the throne - who was bayoneted to death not long after his father's death - and the only image in existence of the princesses. Along with their mother, the princesses spent the remainder of their lives in Europe.
The Queen is expected to spend the day quietly at her official residence.