Diane de Polignac

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Diane de Polignac

Diane Louise Augustine de Polignac (1746-1818), was a French aristocrat, writer and courtier, and a lady-in-waiting to Princess Élisabeth of France.


She was the daughter of Louis Héracle Armand, marquis de Polignac and Diane Adélaïde Zéphirine de Mancini, and never married; through her brother Jules, 1st Duke of Polignac, she was the sister-in-law to Yolande de Polastron. She had been introduced at court during the reign of Louis XV, served as reader and as lady-in-waiting to the countess of Artois in 1774-78, and to Princess Élisabeth of France from 1778 until 1789, she was described as shy but clever and with a sarcastic wit; she was not liked by queen Marie Antoinette herself, but she was described as a driving force within the so-called "Polignac Clan", who exerted so many advantages through her sister-in-law's position as a favorite of the queen.[1]

She emigrated with the rest of the Polignac family after the outbreak of the French revolution in 1789.

Cultural references[edit]

Diane de Polignac is the main character of the novel Les Adieux à la reine by Chantal Thomas (2002).


  • Diane de Polignac, Journal d'Italie et de Suisse, Paris, 1789
  • Diane de Polignac, Mémoires sur la vie de la duchesse de Polignac, Piccadilly, 1796


  1. ^ Hardy, B. C. (Blanche Christabel), The Princesse de Lamballe; a biography, 1908, Project Gutenberg
  • Jeanne-Louise-Henriette Campan, Mémoire sur la vie privée de Marie-Antoinette, reine de France et de Navarre, t. I, 1823