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The city was first mentioned in history in 1038, but it was the construction of the palace that brought it to prominence. Versailles served as the de facto captiol of France from 1682 to 1789.
People Born in Versailles
Versailles in People's Lives
Charles Armand Tuffin de la Rouërie: After returning to France in 1784 from America, where I had served as a general in the American Revolution, I was hailed a hero. I was summoned here by Louis XVI in order to initiate me in the Order of St. Louis, a prestigious honor.
Charles Hector d'Estaing: I spent much time here through-out my life, especially during youth. I was educated here with private tutors, alongside Louis, Dauphin of France. I was often here for events of high society, and meetings with Louis XV with plans of military ventures. I was awarded initiation into the Order of St. Louis here in 1757.
Victoria, Queen of England: I was invited here by my friend and ally Napoleon III in 1855, and my husband Albert and I were the guests of honor at a 1200-person lavish ball at the Palace.
Walt Disney: I was here briefly while working as an ambulence driver in 1918. I spent my 17th birthday here and, though short on food that could be considered fit to eat, my fellow recruits threw me a merry birthday celebration. Though I had been dreaming of wartime glory for quite some time now, longing to finally be serving the war effort in France, my imagination of adventure was now quickly dashed. There was no time for sightseeing, and I ached at having some of the most marvelous art and architecture in the world so close, but unreachable. The nights were bitterly cold, and I shivered underneath newspapers trying to keep warm.