Philippe, Duke of Anjou

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Philippe, Duke of Anjou Gender: M
born on 30 August 1730 at 09:07 (= 09:07 AM )
Place Versailles, France, 48n48, 2e08
Timezone LMT m2e08 (is local mean time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 06°37' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°01 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 18°12'

Duke of Anjou Philippe (Portrait on a snuffbox in the Walters Museum)


French Prince and second son of king Louis XV of France and Marie Leszczyńska. He was styled the Duke of Anjou from birth. He was the favourite child of his mother.

Always a sickly child, Philippe was cared for by a group of female attendants, as royal children were cared for by women until the age of 5. As part of their intensely superstitious beliefs, the women mixed in earth from the grave of Saint Medard with his food; the child was given so much earth that his organs failed. As a result, Philippe died at Versailles on 7 April 1733 at the age of 2, two months after Madame Louise.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Mercure français" (1730), p. 2100: "LE 30 Août le Prevôt des Marchands, ayant eu avis sur les sept heures du matin que la Reine étoit en travail, se rendit à l'instant à l'Hôtel de Ville, où Mre du Bureau arriverent peu de tems après; sur les deux heures arriva un Page du Duc de Gêvres Gouverneur de Paris, lequel apprit que la Reine avoit été heureusement accouchée à 9 heures 7 minutes."

Translation: On 30 August [1730], . . . he learned that the Queen had been happily delivered that morning at 9:07.


  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 2)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Bourbon, France)