Diane de France, the daughter of Diane de Poitiers and Henri II of France, turned 15 on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1553. A day earlier, she married Orazio Farnese, Duke di Castro.
|The wedding of Orazio Farnese and Diane de France|
He had been born in Valentano, Italy in 1532, the second son of Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma and Gerolama Orsini.
Orazio’s father was the illegitimate son of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (who later became Pope Paul III). He was often referred to as the Pope’s nephew rather than his grandson. Orazio’s father was murdered in September of 1547.
Henri signed the marriage contract in 1547, shortly after his coronation, when Petite Diane was only nine years old. In anticipation of the marriage, the Pope made Orazio the Duke of Castro. He was so pleased that he sent Catherine the Golden Rose, and Diane de Poitiers a pearl necklace from the Orient.
|Diane de France|
Diane and Orazio’s happiness was to be short-lived. He was killed at the Battle of Hesdin on18 July 1553. There were no children from the marriage.
He is buried in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Venice.
|Funeral monument to Orazio Farnese|