Today in History - February 2nd. 1660 - Gaston, Duke of Orléans (France)

On April 25th. 1608, Gaston Jean-Baptiste de France was born in the
Palace of Fontainebleau near Paris.


Gaston de France
Source picture: Wikipedia

His parents were King Henry IV of France and Marie de Medici.
As son of a King he was called a 'Fils de France'.

His elder brother became King Louis XIII of France.
He had a younger sister Henrietta Maria who became
Queen Consort of England.

Gaston, Duke of Orléans married twice.
He first married Marie de Bourbon.
He secondly married Marguerite of Lorraine.


Marguerite of Lorraine
Painting: Anthony Van Dyck - Source: Wikipedia

Gaston had 6 legal children (1 with Marie de Bourbon and 
5 with Marguerite of Lorraine). He also had some illegitimate children.

Gaston, Duke of Orléans died on February 2nd. 1660 in 
Château de Blois.
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