Head of the Royal House
The Royal House of Araucania and Patagonia continues to embody the historic legacy established by King Orelie-Antoine I. The current head of the Royal House is Prince Philippe of Araucania and Patagonia, who is the heir to the throne established by King Orelie-Antoine I. In his function as the head of the Royal House, the Prince looks both forward -- toward the current circumstances facing the Mapuche people -- and backwards -- remembering the history of the kingdom.
Prince Philippe actively promotes international awareness of the current situation among the Mapuche people in several ways: 1) by maintaining contacts with Mapuche leaders in South America and Europe, 2) by organizing Mapuche conferences in Europe, and 3) by cooperating with Mapuche organizations speaking before international bodies.
The Prince also sustains the historical legacy of the kingdom by: 1) maintaining La Cheze, the ancestral home of Orelie-Antoine de Tounens, outside of Chourgnac d'Ans, France, 2) providing the displays in the Museum of the Kings of Araucania in Tourtoirac, 3) regularly speaking and writing about the history of the kingdom, 4) acting as the Grand Master of the various orders of the kingdom, and 5) representing in his person the continuity of the Araucanian monarchy.
Chancellery of the Royal House of Araucania
In his many functions, the Prince is supported by his Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. Baron Raoul de Lavalette de Saint Genies, Duke of Boroa, serves as the Chancellor of the Royal House. Klaus-Peter Pohland, Count of Coronel, serves as the Vice Chancellor. The Chancellery maintains the archives of the Royal House and handles much correspondence related to the historical functions of the Royal House.
Council of the Kingdom and Council of State
The Prince is also supported by his Council of the Kingdom and Council of State. These two councils are established by the constitution of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia and function in legislative and consultative capacities. These Councils meet regularly with the Prince and all decisions concerning the Royal House are made with the approval of these bodies.
Currently, the President of the Council of the Kingdom is His Excellency Don Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para, Baron of San Pedro de Hueyusco. The Vice President is His Excellency Baron Raoul de Lavalette de Saint Genies, Duke of Boroa. Other members are: Reynaldo Mariqueo, Count of Lul-Lul Mawidha; Oliver Levy, Count of Vyle; Gaston Lion; Rodolfo Contreras Painemal; and Daniel Morrison.
Currently, the Vice President of the Council of State is Jean-Marc Daumas Cornillac. Other members are: Klaus-Peter Pohland, Count of Coronel; Daniel Werba, Count of Mataquito; and Philippe de Lavalette, son of the Chancellor.
Photos from left to right -- Baron Raoul de Lavalette de Saint Genies, Duke of Boroa, Chancellor of the Royal House; Don Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para, Baron of San Pedro de Hueyusco, President of the Council of the Kingdom; and Klaus-Peter Pohland, Count of Coronel, Councilor of State. These photographs were taken by Viscount Franz Quatreboeufs de Malimensu, President of the Souvenir Franco-Araucanien, at the August 2007 Saint Rose of Lima celebrations in Chourgnac d'Ans, France.