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Charlotte de Valois of France (October 23, 1516 – September 18, 1524) was the second child and second daughter of King François I and his wife Claude, daughter of the French king Louis XII of France and the Duchess Anne of Brittany.

Charlotte was born in the Château d’Amboise, on October 23, 1516. She had greenish blue eyes and bright red hair. She was one of the six children of the King and Queen that had red hair, a trait inherited from Anne of Brittany, Claude’s mother. She lived a happy life, moving from the Château d’Amboise to the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye before March 1519.

Later life and death

The Princess spent all of her remaining days at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. She had always been a delicate, frail child. At age seven, she contracted measles, the same disease which had killed her half-uncle, Charles Orlando, Dauphin of France, thirty years earlier. Charles Orlando, Dauphin of France was the eldest son and heir of Charles VIII of France and Anne of Brittany.

Anne of Brittany was Duchess of Brittany in her own right from 1488 until her death, and queen consort of France from 1491 to 1498 and from 1499 to her death. She is the only woman to have been queen consort of France twice, as the spouse of Charles VIII and Louis XII.

The only person who looked after her while she was sick was her aunt, Margaret of Angoulême, as her mother had already died two months earlier, her grandmother Louise of Savoy was very sick, and her father had gone to war. He was later imprisoned, so was nowhere near his daughter at the time of her death. It appears as if Charlotte was very close to her aunt, who was heartbroken and distraught when her “little one” died, on September18, 1524 at the age of seven.