Mistresses of King Charles II: Louise de Kéroualle

Charles Stuart loved women…even before he became King of England. We’re going to take a look at the women who Charles bedded, had children with but didn’t wed during his lifetime (that I’m aware of). This week we’re learning about Louise de Kéroualle.

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Louise de Kéroualle

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth: 6 September 1649 (France) – 14 November 1734 (France)

Louise was a Maid of Honour to Charles’ sister, Henrietta “Minette” Anne Stuart, Duchess of Orléans. The French poet Charles Robinet had stated that Minette’s  “new maid-of-honour is as sweet as she is beautiful.”

Louise was strong-willed and intelligent. She was beautiful, with dark-colored hair and eyes with a very youthful beauty.

Charles is said to have fallen for Louise in 1670. She became his official mistress in 1671 and gave birth to a son, Charles Lennox (Duke of Richmond) a year later.

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Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond

Through her son, Charles Lennox, Louise is an ancestress of both Diana, Princess of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Child by Charles II:

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond: 29 July 1672 – 27 May 1723

After the death of Charles II Louise returned to France with her son, Duke of Richmond.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_de_K%C3%A9rouaille,_Duchess_of_Portsmouth
http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/stuart_21.html
http://www.britannica.com/biography/Louise-Renee-de-Keroualle-Duchess-of-Portsmouth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2003/10_october/23/charles_ii_mistresses.pdf

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