Princess Amélie Marie Louise Helene d'Orléans was born on 28 September 1865, in York House, Twickenham, London, England. She was the daughter of Marie Isabelle d'Orléans, Countess of Paris (21 September 1848 - 23 April 1919) and Louis-Philippe Albert d'Orléans, Count of Paris (24 August 1838 - 8 September 1894). Her maternal grandparents were Maria Luisa Fernanda of Spain, Duchess of Montpensier (30 January 1832 - 2 February 1897) and Antoine Marie Philippe Louis d'Orleans, Duke of Montpensier (31 July 1824 - 4 February 1890). Her paternal grandparents were Helen Louise, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (24 January 1814 - 17 May 1858) and Ferdinand Philippe, Duc de Orléans. Amélie's parents were married on 30 May 1864. Her siblings were: Louis-Philippe Robert, Duc de Orléans (1869-1926), Hélène Louise Henriette d'Orléans (1871-1951), Charles d'Orléans (1875-1875), Isabelle d'Orléans (1878-1961), Jacques d'Orléans (1880-1881), Louise Françoise Marie Laure d'Orléans (1882-1958) and Ferdinand d'Orléans, Duc de Montpensier (1884-1924). In 1871, the family returned to France. They lived in the Hôtel Matignon, in Paris and in the Château d'Eu, in Normandy. In 1873, the Count de Paris withdrew his claims to the French Throne in favour of Henri, Duc de Bordeaux et Count de Chambord (1820-1883). Princess Amélie d'Orléans married Prince Carlos of Portugal (28 September 1863 - 1 February 1908) on 22 May 1886. He was the son of Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen Consort of Portugal (16 October 1847 - 5 July 1911) and Luis I, King of Portugal (31 October 1838 - 19 October 1889). She became known as Maria Amélia d'Orléans in Portugal. The Couple had three children.
The Children of Maria Amélia d'Orléans and Carlos of Portugal:
Luis Filipe, Duke of Braganza (1887- 1 February 1908)
Maria Ana of Portugal (1888)
Manuel II, King of Portugal (1889-1932)
Her father-in-law, Luis I died on 19 October 1889, in Cascais, Portugal. He was interred in the Royal Pantheon, Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon. He was succeeded by her husband as, Carlos I, King of Portugal and the Algarves with Maria Amélia as his Queen Consort. In 1892, Pope Leo XIII gave a Golden Rose to Maria Amélia. Her father, Louis-Philippe died in exile on 8 September 1894, at Stowe House, in Buckinghamshire. Her sister, Princess Hélène d'Orléans married Prince Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta (1869-1931) on 25 June 1895, at Kingston-on-Thames. Her sister, Princess Louise d'Orléans married Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1870-1949) on 16 November 1907, in Wood Norton, Evesham, Worcestershire. The Royal family was shot at on 1 February 1908, in Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon. Her husband, Carlos I died immediately and her son, Luis Filipe died within hours of the assassination on 1 February 1908, in Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon. Her son, Prince Manuel was hit in the arm, while Maria Amélia was unharmed. Prince Manuel was proclaimed King of Portugal. King Manuel II was deposed by the 5 October 1910 Revolution. The Portuguese First Republic was established, while the Royal family left Portugal to exile. Her mother-in-law, Maria Pia died on 5 July 1911, in Italy. She was interred in the Royal mausoleum in the Basilica of Superga, near Turin. Her mother, Marie-Isabelle died on 23 April 1919, in Villamanrique de la Condesa, near Seville. Maria Amélia died on 25 October 1951, at Château de Bellevue, in Versailles. She was buried in São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon. Maria Amélia d'Orléans was the last Queen Consort of Portugal.