William Godwin's Diary


Dressed in a general’s uniform and standing beneth a tricolour canopy in the Chamber of Deputies, Louis-Philippe was declared ‘king of the French people', swearing to observe the modified Charter of 1814 and rule as a constitutional monarch. The ceremony marked the final transfer of power from the Bourbons to the younger Orleans branch of the royal family and began an experiment of rule by, in Lafayette’s phrase, ‘a popular monarchy surrounded by republican institutions’.

See Munro Price, The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848 (London: Macmillan, 2007), pp. 187-8 and Charles Breunig and Matthew Levinger, The Revolutionary Era, 1789-1840, 3rd edn (New York and London: Norton, 2002), p. 228.