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On 14 August 1727, Queen Marie Leszczyńska, wife of King Louis XV of France, gave birth to two twin princesses, Elisabeth and Anne-Henriette. The eldest daughters of the royal couple had very different personalities. While Elisabeth, the oldest, was cheerful and outgoing, the younger (or Madame Seconde, as she was called at court), Henriette, was
Madame Campan remembers: Louis XV saw very little of his family. He came every morning by a private staircase into the apartment of Madame Adelaide. He often brought and drank there coffee that he had made himself. Madame Adelaide pulled a bell which apprised Madame Victoire of the King’s visit; Madame Victoire, on rising to
On 14th May 1770, about a month after their proxy wedding, the new Dauphine Marie Antoinette finally met her husband, Louis. The meeting took place at 3 o’clock in the forest near the chateau of Compiegne (one of the favourite royal residences of King Louis XV) where the road crossed the river at the Bridge