Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Son at Last

The birth of the Dauphin Louis-Joseph. Louis XVI brings the cordon bleu with the Order of the Holy Spirit to place around his little son. From Tiny-Librarian:
On October 22nd, in 1781, a much longed for son was born to Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. The Queen had gone into labour in the early morning hours, and, as the King later wrote  "At exactly a quarter past one by my watch she was successfully delivered of a boy."
Silence greeted his birth, and Marie Antoinette assumed that she had given the country another Princess. Her husband was the one who broke the news to her saying "Madame, you have fulfilled our wishes and those of France, you are the mother of a Dauphin". (Read more.)

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