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Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice of France

Sophie
Sophie by Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun (1786)
Born (1786-07-09)9 July 1786
Palace of Versailles, France
Died 19 June 1787(1787-06-19) (aged 11 months 10 days)
Palace of Versailles, France
Full name
Marie Sophie Hélène Béatrice de France
Father Louis XVI of France
Mother Marie Antoinette

Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice of France (9 July 1786 – 19 June 1787) was the daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI of France.

Biography

Sophie was born at the Palace of Versailles, the youngest of the four children of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. She was named after her great-aunt Sophie, Louis XV's sixth daughter who had died four years earlier.

Sophie was born a very large baby,[1] but her fragile health was undermined by tuberculosis. She died in Versailles after suffering five or six days of convulsions caused by the cutting of new teeth.[2] She was only eleven months old.

Her death was a cause for much sorrow on the part of her parents. When Marie Antoinette's foster-brother, Joseph Weber,[3] attempted to console her with the fact that given Sophie's tender age Marie Antoinette must not have grown overly attached to her, the bereaved mother said only, "Don't forget that she would have been my friend." This was a reference to her words after the birth of Sophie's older sister in 1778.[4]

She was buried at the Royal Basilica of Saint Denis north of Paris.

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ Lever, Evelyne, Marie-Antoinette, Fayard, Paris, 1991, p. 414, ISBN 2-213-02659-9,
  2. ^ Fraser, Antonia, Marie Antoinette, The Journey, Anchor Books, USA, 2001, p. 257, ISBN 0-385-48949-8.
  3. ^ Fraser, p. 4. Joseph Weber was the son of Marie-Antoinette's wet nurse, Constance Weber. His memoirs were published by Baudouin Frères, Imprimeurs-Libraires, in Paris, in 1822: https://archive.org/stream/mmoiresdeweberc03tolgoog/mmoiresdeweberc03tolgoog_djvu.txt
  4. ^ Fraser, p. 257.
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