Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Coronation of Charles X at Rheims, 1825

The Last Coronation, June 1825
Here are some pictures of the last royal French coronation.

Coronation of Charles X

Charles X
The Last Dauphine

Entry of Charles X
During his triumphal entry, the King touched many hearts when he rode out of the procession and over to a window of the Tuileries, where two small, blond figures were jumping up and down, calling, “Bon-Papa!  Bon-Papa!”  Charles X, already famous for his hospitality, began to hold glittering receptions at the Tuileries, replete with pastries and ices and he melted many hearts with the gentle tones of his “Bon soir.” Thérèse, the tall, cool Dauphine at his side, in jeweled coronet and a cloud of white plumes, either offended by her frigid manner, or elicited tears by those who saw in her person the chaste austerity of Saint Radegonde and other holy Frankish queens of old. ~from Madame Royale by Elena Maria Vidal
More on the controversial reign of Charles X, HERE. Share

1 comment:

May said...

Just magnificent!

(I'm Matterhorn, by the way- I just changed the name on my account).