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Princess Joanna of Valois (June 24, 1556-died in utero) and Princess Victoria of Valois (June 24, 1556-August 17, 1556) were Princesses of France, and the last children born to Henry II and Catherine de' Medici.
A new baby on the way Edit
In September of 1555, 6 months after giving birth to Prince Francis, Duke of Anjou; Queen Catherine discovered that she was pregnant yet again at the age of 36. This happy event occurred since Henry was still visiting his wife's bedchamber, despite having Diane de Poitiers as his main mistress.
The Queen's labor and confinement Edit
On June 24, 1556 Queen Catherine went into labor and confinement, and delivered a set of twin girls: Princess Joanna & Princess Victoria of Valois.
Tragedy & Heartbreak Edit
Princess Joanna was to be born first; sadly however she lay dead in utero for several hours and the court doctors had to break one of her legs to get her out or else Catherine would have bled to death. Princess Victoria was born next and thankfully she survived.
The Queen suffers more heartache Edit
On August 17, 1556 only 7 weeks after she was born Princess Victoria of Valois dies.
No more babies Edit
The Queen was crushed by this loss, and the court doctors highly advised Catherine that she should not try for more children since this pregnancy nearly cost her very life. King Henry after hearing this news, ceased to visit his Queen's bedchamber and began to spend all of his time with Diane.