HORTENSE de BEAUHARNAIS

DAUGHTER OF AN EMPRESS
QUEEN OF HOLLAND
MOTHER OF AN EMPEROR

donderdag 22 oktober 2009

The Beauharnais Emeralds Earrings


Hortense Eugénie Cécile Beauharnais was the daughter of Josephine Tascher de la Pagerie and Alexandre, the Vicomte de Beauharnais. The Vicomte was executed during France's reign of terror. Josephine married Napoleon Bonaparte who would gift his step-daughter Hortense an emerald suite that became known as the Beauharnais collection. It was fit for a Queen as Hortense became Queen Consort of Holland as the wife of Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland.

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