Leave It To France

There’s going to be a royal funeral of sorts:

The heart of the 10-year-old heir to France’s throne was cut from his body when he died in prison, pickled, stolen, returned, and DNA-tested two centuries later.

Next week, Louis XVII’s heart will be placed in France’s royal crypt north of Paris now that genetic testing has persuaded many historians that the tiny petrified heart is almost certainly the real thing.

In ceremonies on Monday and Tuesday, European royalty will honor the little boy who became a pawn of the French Revolution, dying alone in a filthy prison.

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