The Tale of a Tragic Princess at the Palace of Versailles

The Tale of a Tragic Princess at the Palace of Versailles

Many would argue that a trip to Paris is not complete without a little excursion to the Palace of Versailles. This majestic and historical castle is a sight to behold, and there are always interesting activities and exhibitions to enjoy. Soon, the Palace will be running an exhibition that explores the life of Elisabeth de France, a princess caught in the middle of a fight that was not hers.

Princess Elisabeth of France was the youngest sister of King Louis XVI. At the height of the French Revolution, her loyalty to her family led to her execution in Paris 1794, during the Reign of Terror. The princess, and her tragic destiny, will be the subject of an exhibition at the Palace of Versailles from April 27 to July 21, 2013.

During her lifetime, Princess Elisabeth was one of the most emblematic figures of the royal court and of the village of Montreuil, where she had her own home. Never married, the princess was always by the side of the royal couple. In fact, her reason for resisting marriage was that she did not want to stray too far away from her brother and Marie-Antoinette.

The exhibition will take place, appropriately, at the Domaine de Madame Elisabeth, her residence at the Palace. There, visitors will be able to look at her clothing, her perfumes and her furniture. In this way, they can get to know Madame Elisabeth, the princess who is often left out of the story.

Known for her love of mathematics as well as her acts of charity, the princess was even given the nickname ‘The Good Lady of Montreuil.’ Despite her kind gestures, she was not spared during the Reign of Terror, and her life was cut short by her determination to stand beside King Louis XVI. Now, guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can discover Madame Elisabeth and her story at the Palace of Versailles from late April until late July.