'Princesse de Lamballe' rose Description
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White or white blend. Strong fragrance. Average diameter 2.25". Medium, full (26-40 petals), cupped-to-flat bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer. Long sepals, long buds.
Height of 5' (150 cm). Width of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 3b through 9b. Very vigorous.
Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignano, Princess de Lamballé, daughter of Prince Louis-Victor de Savoie-Carignan. Born 8 September 1749. Died 3 September 1792. She married Louis-Alexandre-Stanislas de Bourbon, Prince de Lamballé in 1767, who died the next year. She went to live at the royal court upon the marriage of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. By the time Louis XVI ascended the throne Marie had singled her out as a confidante. She became superintendent of the Queen's household, and her intimate companion. In Oct. 1789, she accompained the royal family to Paris. Her salon became the meeting place for the Queen's secret intrigues with royalist sympathizers in the National Assembly. She was suspected of abetting the Queen's private dealings with France's Austrian enemies. After the overthrow of the monarchy on Aug 10, 1792, she was imprisoned with the Queen in the Temple prison, then transferred to La Force prison on Aug 19th. Refusing to take an oath against the monarchy, she was delivered to the populace who cut off her head on Sept. 3rd. and carried it on a pike before the windows of the Queen. The pike was then fixed beneath the Queen's window of the prison. Before her death she had been raped & beaten. After the populace murdered her, they placed various parts of her body on pikes & used them to decorate the town.
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