Henrietta Anne (1644 -1670)

Henrietta of England was born at Bedford House, Exeter, the seat of William Russell, 5th Earl of Bedford. She was the youngest daughter of King Charles I and his wife, Henrietta Maria of France, after whom she was named.  Born during the Civil War, she spent her childhood in exile in France with her mother at the court of Louis XIV. In 1661 she married Louis’ brother, Philippe I, duc d’Orleans. (1640-1720), and had six children. A great patroness of the arts, she corresponded with Moliere, Racine, and La Fontaine. An ardent Catholic, she was instrumental in helping to forge the secret Anglo-French Alliance against the Protestant Dutch Republic, which was sealed at the Treaty of Dover in 1670.  She died in 1670, said by many to have been poisoned, and was buried at the Royal Basilica of Saint Denis.

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Henrietta Anna (1644 - 1670) (Stamp 1) Arms: Three fleurs-de-lys a label for difference (d’Orleans)
Coronet: Duchess
Impalement: the royal arms of the house of Stuart quarterly
Heraldic Charges: fleurs-de-lys (3), Heraldic Charges: France and England, Heraldic Charges: Ireland, Heraldic Charges: label, Heraldic Charges: Scotland
Henrietta Anna (1644 - 1670) (Stamp 2) Monogram: M A T
Coronet: Princess
Henrietta Anna (1644 - 1670) (Stamp 3) Monogram: H A
Coronet: Royal Princess
Arms: Three fleurs-de-lys a label for difference (d’Orleans)
Coronet: Duchess
Impalement: Royal arms of the house of Stuart quarterly
Heraldic Charges: fleurs-de-lys (3)
Monogram: H E A
Coronet: Duchess