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Coat and trousers worn by Louis XVII, Louis Charles de France, Duke of Normandy (1785-1795), c.1792. Pink taffeta, round wooden buttons covered with pink silk thread © Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

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Blood in gourd 'is not from beheaded Louis XVI'

A gourd that was believed to contain a handkerchief dipped in the blood of King Louis XVI of France might not have had such a connection after all. When the blood sample on the handkerchief was subject to DNA testing, the results most likely indicated a man of average height with brown eyes of French or Italian descent. This does not match up with known descriptions of Louis XVI: a tall (c. 6'1") blue-eyed man with known Germanic and Polish blood. So, if it's not his blood, then whose is it?

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