I was lucky enough last weekend to visit St. Michael's Abbey in Farnborough, Hampshire, which is the last resting place of Emperor Napeoleon III of France and of Louis Napoleon, his son, last of the Bonaparte lineage and, of course, victim of the Zulu War of 1879. St Michael's was founded by the Empress Eugenie as an appropriate resting for her husband and only child. Her body was also placed there after her death.
Below are some photos I hope members will enjoy of the dome of the Abbey itself (deliberately remniscent of that of Les Invalides in Paris where lies Louis' great-uncle, whose sword he carried in Natal and who he was want to refer to as "our ancestor"!).
The guide to the Abbey notes nicely that the crypt (where bodies of The Emperor, Empress and Prince rest) "is a place of great irony...it is ironic that the last head of state with the name of Bonaparte should find his final rest on English soil; ironinc that Louis, the Prince Imperial - the last Napoleon - should have died a British soldier and lie buried in British military uniform" (he apparently wears the uniform of a subaltern in the Royal Artillery).
- The tomb of Louis, Prince Imperial
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- Commemorative plaque outside the abbey gate
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- The dome of St. Michael's Abbey, Farnbourough
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