Jacques d'Orleans and Helene d'Orleans, descendants of the Bourbon family that included French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV, were granted ownership of several paintings estimated to be worth millions of euros, along with items with French royal origins including a china set and a sketch book the future Louis XIV created as a child, Radio France Internationale said Saturday.
The brother and sister won a 12-year court battle against the organization their father started amid a family feud as a means to prevent his children from inheriting the valuable items.
The plaintiffs argued their father had no legal standing to donate the items to the the Fondation Saint Louis in 1976 because he did not follow the correct legal process.
The group did manage to hold on to several buildings donated by Henri d'Orleans because his children did not file legal objections until more than 30 years after they were given away.
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