Marie Zéphyrine of France

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Marie Zéphyrine
Marie Zéphirine de France par Nattier.jpg
Portrait by Jean-Marc Nattier
Born(1750-08-26)26 August 1750
Palace of Versailles, France
Died2 September 1755(1755-09-02) (aged 5)
Palace of Versailles, France
FatherLouis, Dauphin of France
MotherMaria Josepha of Saxony
Meissen porcelain portrait head

Marie Zéphyrine of France (26 August 1750 – 2 September 1755) was a French princess, the daughter of Louis, Dauphin of France, and Maria Josepha of Saxony.

Marie Zéphyrine, known as Madame Royale or la Petite Madame, was born at the Palace of Versailles and was named after St Zephyrinus, on whose feast day she was born. Her birth was greeted with caution; in the previous two years, Maria Josepha had suffered stillbirths and her health was of a fragile nature. Louis XV, on the other hand, had hoped for a grandson. Marie Isabelle de Rohan served as Marie Zéphyrine's governess. Marie Zéphyrine died at Versailles due to an attack of convulsions, in the early hours of the morning of 2 September, having been baptised just days before by the Abbot of Chabannes. She was not officially mourned; a French princess could only be mourned if she was over the age of 7. She was buried at the Royal Basilica of Saint Denis outside the capital of Paris.



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