||Clotilde (Bourbon) di Borbone-Francia was a member of aristocracy in Europe.|
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Marie-Clotilde, born 23 September 1759 in Versailles, was a daughter of Dauphin Louis-Ferdinand of France and his wife Maria Josepha of Sachsen.
Her father died when she was 6 and her mother when she was 8. She was raised with her younger sister Elisabeth, born 1764.
In 1774, her grandfather Louis XV died, and her brother Louis Auguste became king Louis XVI.
Clotilde was married the next year to Charles-Emmanuel of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont. Clotilde's brothers Charles-Philippe and Louis-Stanislas were also married to Savoyard princesses, Maria Teresa and Maria Giuseppina, sisters of Charles-Emmanuel. The marriage took place on 6 September 1775 in Chambéry.
Clotilde and Charles-Emmanuel shared a strong and sincere faith and their marriage was happy, though they had no children.
In 1789 Clotilde was able to welcome two of her brothers, Louis-Stanislas and Charles-Philippe, and their wives in Turin; but in the French Revolution she also lost her brother Louis XVI, her sister-in-law Marie-Antoinette and her sister Elisabeth, who were all guillotined. Her nephew Dauphin Louis-Charles died in prison in 1795.
In 1796 Savoy was invaded by Napoléon's armies; the duke, Clotilde's father in law, died soon after the defeat. Charles-Emmanuel and Clotilde became King and Queen of Sardinia on 16 October 1796.
Savoy was again invaded in 1798 and the court took refuge in Sardinia (to remain there until 1814).
Clotilde died in Naples, on 7 March 1802. She was buried in the church Santa Catarina a Chiaia. Her husband abdicated soon afterwards.
Clotilde of France was declared Venerable by the Catholic church in 1808.
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