Daughters of France aside, a bride was chosen for this bachelor duc, Louise Henriette de Bourbon Conti, who strutted around Versailles as Mademoiselle Conti. She was absolutely stunning. The couple had a winter wedding, December of 1743. The ceremony was held in the chapel of Versailles (same chapel Marie Antoinette was married in years later) and the couple was married by the famous Cardinal de Rohan. The entire royal family attended the ceremony, including the duc's old flame, Henriette (below).
|Adelaide (left) Anne Henriette (right)|
The Honeymoon Ends
The hot passion these two newlyweds shared started to fade a few years after they started their lives together. Six years after the wedding at Versailles, reports of the duc's living were less than desirable. He was staying out until all hours of the night, gaming, and in debt. He drank too much and hung out with society far below his rank. Overall he seemed to be having a good time.
His beloved wife was keeping herself very busy with a lover, and was rumored to have several lovers aside from her constant. This scandal was made public in 1751 when the duc finally told his wife enough was enough. He made it very clear that she was not to see the lover again ...or else..she would be sent away to a convent!
Louise Henriette had grown up in one, and was not ready to go back. She threw a fit and refused to even dine with her husband. (ps she was also pregnant at this point...but by who...!) Needless to say things didn't look so good. For whatever reason, the couple reconciled, but Louise Henriette passed away in 1759 just 32 years old. It didn't take long for rumors to spread that the cause of her early death was due to her unfaithful wedded life.