The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X

The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X

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The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X

The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X

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T HURSDAY, the 16th of September, 1824, at the moment when Louis XVIII. was breathing his last in his chamber of the Château des Tuileries, the courtiers were gathered in the Gallery of Diana. It was four o'clock in the morning. The Duke and the Duchess of Angoulême, the Duchess of Berry, the Duke and the Duchess of Orleans, the Bishop of Hermopolis, and the physicians were in the chamber of the dying man. When the King had given up the ghost, the Duke of Angoulême, who became Dauphin, threw himself at the feet of his father, who became King, and kissed his hand with respectful tenderness. The princes and princesses followed this example, and he who bore thenceforward the title of Charles X., sobbing, embraced them all. They knelt about the bed. The De Profundis was recited. Then the new King sprinkled holy water . . .

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