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Katarzyna Opalińska

Catherine Opalińska
Queen consort of Poland
Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania
Tenure 1705–1708
Coronation 4 October 1705
Spouse Stanislaus I of Poland
Anna Leszczyńska
Maria, Queen of France
House House of Leszczyński
Father Jan Karol Opaliński
Mother Zofia Czarnkowska
Born (1680-10-13)13 October 1680
Poznań, Poland
Died 19 March 1747(1747-03-19) (aged 66)
Lunéville, France
Burial Église Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Nancy

Catherine Opalińska (1680–1747) was Queen consort of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth twice and a Duchess consort of Lorraine through her marriage with Stanislaus I of Poland.


Catherine was the daughter of magnate Jan Karol Opaliński and his wife Zofia Czarnkowska. On May 10, 1698 in Kraków she married Stanislas Leszczynski, who became Duke of Lorraine and was, briefly, king of Poland. In 1699, she gave birth to Anna Leszczyńska, and in 1703, to Marie Leszczynska, the future wife of Louis XV of France.

In 1704, her spouse was made King of Poland by Charles XII of Sweden, who had invaded the country in 1704. In 1709, her spouse was deposed when the Swedish army lost the military upper hand in Poland, and the family was by Charles XII granted refuge in the Swedish city of Kristianstad in Scania.[1] In Sweden, the family was welcomed by the Queen Dowager Hedwig Eleonora and became popular members of the society life on the estates of the nobility around Kristianstad; in 1712, they also visited Medevi, the spa of the Queen Dowager.[2] In 1714, Charles XII gave them permission to live in the Swedish province of Zweibrücken in Germany, were they were supported by the income of Zweibrücken: they lived there until the death of Charles XII in 1718[3]

In 1725, her daughter Marie was chosen to be the queen of France, which made Catherine mother-in-law to Louis XV of France. Catherine, as well as her daughter queen Marie, maintained a political correspondence with Margareta Gyllenstierna, the spouse of Arvid Horn, with whom she had made the acquaintance during her stay in Sweden[4] In 1737, her spouse was made Duke of Lorraine, which made Catherine duchess consort of Lorraine.

When his mother-in-law, the wife of the dethroned king of Poland, died in 1747, Louis XV ordered a commemorative ceremony, in her honour at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The ceremony glorified the deceased who underwent a veritable deification.

Her tomb is in the church of Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, in Nancy, next to her husband and the heart of their daughter.


Piotr Opaliński, voivode of Poznań
Krzysztof Opaliński, voivode of Poznań
Zofia Kostka
Jan Karol Opaliński, castellan of Poznań
Adam Sędziwój Czarnkowski, voivode of Łęczyca
Teresa Konstancja Czarnkowska
Katarzyna Leszczyńska
Catherine Opalińska
Kazimierz Franciszek Czarnkowski, castellan of Poznań
Adam Uriel Czarnkowski
Princess Konstancja Lubomirska
Zofia Anna Czarnkowska
Remigian Zaleski, Castellan of Łęczyca
Teresa Zaleska
Anna Miełżyńska


See also


Further reading

  • Zieliński, Ryszard (1978). Polka na francuskim tronie. Czytelnik.
Catherine Opalińska
Born: 13 October 1680 Died: 19 March 1747
Royal titles
Preceded by
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Queen consort of Poland
Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania

Succeeded by
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Preceded by
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Queen consort of Poland
Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania

Succeeded by
Maria Josepha of Austria
Preceded by
Maria Theresia of Austria
Duchess of Lorraine
Succeeded by

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