Minette: The Life and Letters of a Stuart Princess

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Explore the fascinating life of an often overlooked figure in history, Henriette Anne Stuart (1644-1670), the youngest sister of Charles II whom he affectionately called ‘Minette’.

Smuggled from England at the age of two, Henriette Anne was brought up at the French court where she married Philippe, Duke of Orléans, the brother of Louis XIV. Famed for her charming nature, impeccable manners and keen interest in the arts, she also possessed a flair for politics and played a key role in negotiating a secret alliance between the French and English monarchs.

This exhibit centres around a magnificent full-length portrait of Henriette Anne by the French artist Jean Nocret (1615-1672) and explores Minette’s short life within a court riven with power struggles, scandal and intrigue.

Image: Jean Nocret, Henriette Anne, Duchess of Orleans, 1644-1670. Fifth daughter of Charles I © National Galleries of Scotland

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Catherine of Braganza, 1638 - 1705. Queen of Charles II Jacob Huysmans

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Henriette Anne, Duchess of Orleans, 1644 - 1670. Fifth daughter of Charles I Jean Nocret

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Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649 Daniel Mytens, Unknown

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Louis XIV, 1638 - 1715. King of France Nicolas Mignard, Pieter Louis van Schuppen

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Charles II, 1630 - 1685. King of Scots 1649 - 1685, King of England and Ireland 1660 - 1685 Hendrick Danckerts, Adriaen Hanneman

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Elizabeth Villiers, Countess of Morton, d. 1654. Wife of the 9th Earl of Morton Sir Anthony van Dyck, Pierre Lombart

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Charles II (1630-1685) The Marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza Hugo Allard the Elder

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Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans, 1644 - 1670. With Mary Charlotte Bond Joseph Brown

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Queen Henrietta Maria, 1609 - 1669. Queen of Charles I Sir Anthony van Dyck, Jean Ferdinand Joubert

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Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans, Duchesse de Montpensier, 1627 - 1693. Daughter of Gaston, Duc d'Orleans Nicolas de Larmessin

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Queen Henrietta Maria, 1609 - 1669. Queen of Charles I (with her daughters Mary, Elizabeth and Anne) Unknown

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