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Marie of Savoy, Queen of France

On 26th November 1810 Marie Josephine Louise de Savoy, Queen of France and Navarre was buried in a vault with Antoine Philippe, Duc d'Orleans in Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey. But the burial was only temporary and the body was delivered to Mr Martin, undertaker, on 5th March 1811 for removal to Sardinia and she lies in Cagliari cathedral.

She was born in Turin at the time when her grandfather, Charles Emmanuel III, was King of Sardinia. She married in 1771 the future Louis XVIII of France and died at Hartwell in Buckinghamshire, residence of the exiled French royal family, on 15th November aged 57 years, two months and eleven days.


26th November 1810


Lady Chapel

Engraving of Marie of Savoy, Queen of France, her hair in a bouffant style, wearing a dress with a bow
Marie of Savoy, Queen of France by William Pether after Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

[Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

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