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H.M. King Louis XV of France (1710-1774) |  Louis XV, known as Louis the Beloved (Louis le bien aimé), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five.

H.M. King Louis XV of France (1710-1774) | Louis XV, known as Louis the Beloved (Louis le bien aimé), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five.

Queen Anne of Great Britain ~ by Samantha Arbisi Hanson: http://thefreelancehistorywriter.com/2014/07/18/queen-anne-of-great-britain-a-guest-post-by-samantha-arbisi-hanson/

Queen Anne of Great Britain ~ by Samantha Arbisi Hanson: http://thefreelancehistorywriter.com/2014/07/18/queen-anne-of-great-britain-a-guest-post-by-samantha-arbisi-hanson/

The Crown of King Louis XV (1710-1774), known as Louis the Well Beloved, France. He was born Duke of Anjou of the House of Bourbon, the 2nd Child of Louis de France (1682-1712) France & Marie Adélaide (1685-1712) Savoy, France. Both of his parents died of measles within a week of each other when Louis XV was age 5. Philippe d'Orléans (Philippe Charles) (1674-1723) France, his 1st cousin twice removed, was Regent of France until Louis XV was old enough to rule.

The Crown of King Louis XV (1710-1774), known as Louis the Well Beloved, France. He was born Duke of Anjou of the House of Bourbon, the 2nd Child of Louis de France (1682-1712) France & Marie Adélaide (1685-1712) Savoy, France. Both of his parents died of measles within a week of each other when Louis XV was age 5. Philippe d'Orléans (Philippe Charles) (1674-1723) France, his 1st cousin twice removed, was Regent of France until Louis XV was old enough to rule.

Princess of Wales Caroline Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach by Sir Godfrey Kneller after 1716 original with Royal Collection (National Portrait Gallery, London)

Princess of Wales Caroline Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach by Sir Godfrey Kneller after 1716 original with Royal Collection (National Portrait Gallery, London)

Louis XV: Most scholars believe Louis XV's decisions damaged the power of France, weakened the treasury, discredited the absolute monarchy, and made it more vulnerable to distrust and destruction. Jerome Blum described him as "a perpetual adolescent called to do a man's job."

Louis XV: Most scholars believe Louis XV's decisions damaged the power of France, weakened the treasury, discredited the absolute monarchy, and made it more vulnerable to distrust and destruction. Jerome Blum described him as "a perpetual adolescent called to do a man's job."

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen Consort of Great Britain; by Johann Zoffany, c. 1766. Married to King George III.

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen Consort of Great Britain; by Johann Zoffany, c. 1766. Married to King George III.

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