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French nobles. Source: Archivist / Adobe Stock.

The Weirdest Rules of Royal French Etiquette (Video)


Step into the grandeur and luxury of the Palace of Versailles, the opulent seat of French royalty that became the epitome of the glamorous life of a king. But behind the dazzling facade lay a world of bizarre etiquette and strict regulations. From dress codes to knocking on doors, every aspect of court life was intricately governed. Even the seating arrangements were based on rank, with kings and queens lounging in armchairs, while duchesses perched on stools. And as for the bathroom habits of Princess Dakor, who believed her blood was too pure to use a chamber pot?

But if you think that's strange, wait until you hear about the French Kings' obsession with ceremony, including special wake-up calls, bedtimes, and waking up ceremonies. Seating was only available at mass, comedies, or card tables, making even the most trivial moments a spectacle. So join us as we peel back the layers of the Palace of Versailles and uncover the weird and wonderful world of French royal etiquette.

Top image: French nobles. Source: Archivist / Adobe Stock.

By Joanna Gillan

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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