Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans

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Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans
The Duchess of Savoy by Charles Beaubrun
Duchess of Savoy
Consort 4 March 1663 – 14 January 1664
Spouse Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy
Full name
Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans
Father Gaston, Duke of Orléans
Mother Marguerite of Lorraine
Born (1648-10-13)13 October 1648
Saint Germain en Laye, France
Died 14 January 1664(1664-01-14) (aged 15)
Royal Palace of Turin, Savoy
Burial Turin Cathedral

Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans (13 October 1648 – 14 January 1664) was born at the Château de Saint Germain en Laye and was the youngest surviving daughter of Gaston of Orléans and his second wife Marguerite of Lorraine.[1] From birth, she was styled Mademoiselle de Valois. She was the favourite sister of La Grande Mademoiselle.[2] She grew up in the company of her sisters at the Château de Blois. Under the influence of her paternal aunt Christine, Dowager Duchess of Savoy, she was engaged to her first cousin Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy.[1]

Orléans married the Duke of Savoy by proxy at the Palais du Louvre on 4 March 1663. The couple met for the first time at Annecy on 3 April 1663 where they were married officially.[3] The homesick princess soon died at the Royal Palace of Turin childless at the age of 15. She was buried at Turin Cathedral where she rests today. Her husband married again to Marie Jeanne of Savoy by whom he had a son.

Titles and Styles[change | change source]

  • 13 October 1648 – 4 March 1663 Her Royal Highness Mademoiselle de Valois
  • 4 March 1663 – 14 January 1664 Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Savoy

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fraser, Antonia : Love and Louis XIV; The Women in the Life of the Sun King, Anchor Books, London, 2006, p 58
  2. Sackville-West, Vita : Daughter of France:The life of Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, duchesse de Montpensier 1627-1693, Micheal Joseph, London, 1959, p 354
  3. Sackville-West, Vita : Daughter of France:The life of Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, duchesse de Montpensier 1627-1693, Micheal Joseph, London, 1959, p 355

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