Louis XVII of France

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Louis XVII of France was the regnal name of Louis-Charles de France (l. 1785-1795), the younger son of King Louis XVI of France (r. 1774-1792) and Queen Marie Antoinette (l. 1755-1793). Although Louis-Charles never actually reigned as king, he was recognized by royalists as France's legitimate monarch upon the execution of his father during the French Revolution (1789-1799).

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Timeline

  • 27 Mar 1785 - 8 Jun 1795
    Life of Louis-Charles, dauphin of France, recognized by royalists as King Louis XVII.
  • 4 Jun 1789
    The death of Louis-Joseph, the 7-year-old dauphin of France, is overshadowed by the dramatic events of the Estates-General.
  • 20 Jun 1791 - 21 Jun 1791
    The Flight to Varennes, an attempted escape by the French royal family from Paris, is foiled; public disdain for the monarchy increases.
  • 13 Aug 1792
    The family of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette are imprisoned in the Tower of the Temple.
  • 21 Jan 1793
    King Louis XVI of France, now known as Citizen Louis Capet, is executed by guillotine.
  • 16 Oct 1793
    Marie Antoinette is executed by guillotine at the Place de la Révolution.
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