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The portraits you have seen of our daughter [Marie Thérèse] cannot give you an accurate idea of her; they are not in the least like her. She so closely resembles both her father and her mother that she recalls them absolutely, together or separately, according to the point of view from which one looks at her.
Her natural gaiety is not quenched; draw her mind away from this tragic chapter of her life, and she laughs heartily and is quite charming. She is gentle, good-humoured, and affectionate … she is modest without being shy, at her ease without being familiar, and as innocent as on the day she was born. … In fact, to put it briefly, I recognize in her the angel we have lost.
—Louis XVIII to the comte d’Artois, on their niece Marie Thérèse Charlotte.
[translation: Madame Royale, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette: her Youth and Marriage by Ernest Daudet.]
[image credit: (C) RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Chantilly) / René-Gabriel Ojéda]
I left her without daring to say a word of farewell, or make a single curtsey to her, for I feared to compromise or distress her. I went away to my own room to cry, and to pray for her.
—the narrative of Rosalie Lamorlière
Everything which recalled the days of the Revolution filled her with horror.
—The Daughter of Louis XVI: Marie-Therese-Charlotte de France by G. Lenotre
In her august and modest life, in general so aloof from political questions, the Duchesse d’Angoulême found, once at least at Bordeaux, an opportunity to show that she had in her that courage of action which came to her from her mother and grandmother, Maria Theresa.
—The Duchesse d’Angoulême by C.A. Sainte-Beuve, 3 November 1851.
Of the seventy-three years of her life, she passed eight (the best of her youth) in restraint or in a dungeon, and thirty-eight in exile; and yet she died acknowledging the mercies and the glory of God. Let us who have not known affliction, or who have been but lightly visited, derive wisdom from the instruction offered to us by the pious daughter of Louis Seize and Marie Antoinette.
On October 19th, 1851, Marie Thérèse of France—the only child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to survive the revolution—died at the age of 72, possibly from pneumonia.
She died only three days after the anniversary of her mother’s execution; in her last hours she was surrounded by her family, religious counsel, and the relics of her parents and aunt Elisabeth; all were executed during her youth.
In her last will and testament she wrote: "I pray God to shower down his blessings upon France—France, that I have never ceased to love even under my bitterest afflictions."