It did not take long for the lively, cheerful duchess Yolande de Polignac to win Marie-Antoinette’s affection, and the two women developed an enduring friendship. She introduced the queen to a world of pleasures and fêtes, using her influence without a second thought to obtain extreme favours for herself and her family. She received the title of duchess and was appointed governess of the royal children in 1782 but left the court when the Revolution broke out in 1789.

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