Princess Henriette of France
|Princess of France|
Henriette by Jean-Marc Nattier
14 August 1727|
Palace of Versailles, France
|Died||10 February 1752
Palace of Versailles, France
|Burial||Basilica of Saint Denis, France|
|Father||Louis XV of France|
Anne Henriette de France(14 August 1727 – 10 February 1752) was the twin sister of Louise Élisabeth de France, the eldest child of King Louis XV of France and of his queen consort Marie Leszczyńska. Henriette was named after Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans, her paternal great-great grandmother who was the youngest daughter of Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria, Queen of England
The twins were born at the Palace of Versailles on 14 August 1727. She was the younger of the twins and as a result was known at the court of her father as Madame Seconde. As the daughter of the king, she was a fille de France. In her later life she was known as Madame Henriette.
While her younger sisters were sent to be raised at the Abbey of Fontevraud in 1738, Henriette was raised in Versailles. She was put in the care of Marie Isabelle de Rohan, duchesse de Tallard. She spent her childhood at Versailles with her sisters Louise-Élisabeth and Adélaïde and their younger brother, the Dauphin of France.
Henriette fell in love with her cousin, Louis Philippe, duc de Chartres, the heir to the House of Orléans, and the two wished to marry. The King initially liked the idea, but changed his mind, not wanting the house of Orleans too close to the throne. Like her younger sisters, Henriette never married.
Growing up at the Palace of Versailles, Madame Henriette was present there during her father's extramarital liaisons, including Madame de Pompadour. The children of the king despised Mme de Pompadour because she caused their father to neglect their mother, the queen. Henriette had been the favourite child of Louis XV, but their relationship became strained. With her brother, the Dauphin Louis, and her sister, Madame Adélaïde, she called the powerful mistress, Maman Putain ("Mother Whore"). When Louise Élisabeth returned from Parma for a year-long visit to Versailles in 1748, she and Madame de Pompadour became close friends, which led to a temporary estrangement between the sisters.
Henriette died of smallpox in 1752 at the age of twenty-four. She was buried at the Basilica of Saint Denis. Her tomb, like other royal tombs at Saint-Denis, was destroyed during the French Revolution.
Madame Campan later wrote about her: "Madame Henriette, twin sister of the Duchess of Parma, was much regretted, for she had considerable influence over the King’s mind, and it was remarked that if she had lived she would have been assiduous in finding him amusements in the bosom of his family, would have followed him in his short excursions, and would have done the honours of the ‘petits soupers’ which he was so fond of giving in his private apartments." 
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