Monday, September 6, 2021

Louis the Dauphin

An article about the father of Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X from Salon Privé Magazine :

Louis Dauphin of France was the first son of Queen Marie Lesczynska and King Louis XV of France. He was born on the 4th of September 1729 at the Palace of Versailles located in Paris, France. Louis had three sisters who are older than him and one younger brother who died at a young age. He was baptized by Cardinal Armand de Rohan as an infant.

On the 27th of April 1737, when Louis was already 7 years of age, he was given the names Louis Ferdinand during his public baptism. Louis, Duke of Orleans, and the Dowager Duchess of Bourbon, the widow of Louis III, were his godparents. Jean-Francois Boyer was the preceptor, the Count of Muy was named the under-governor, and the Duke of Chatillon was named his governor. 

 Louis Dauphin of France and King Philip V of Spain’s daughter, Maria Teresa Rafaela, tied the knot on the 13th of December 1744. This wedding was held in Madrid, Spain by proxy on the 18th of December 1744 and was personally celebrated on the 23rd of February 1745 at Versailles in Paris, France. The couple had a happy married life. However, Louis’ wife died on the 22nd of July 1746 several days after she gave birth to Princess Marie Therese of France, their only child, and daughter.

However, Louis Dauphin Of France had the obligation to produce an heir to his French throne so he had to remarry as soon as possible. He was married for the second time to Maria Josepha of Saxony, daughter of Frederick Augustus II, King of Poland, and Prince-Elector of Saxony. (Read more.)


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