Family Beauvau-Craon House
This house, very old, is a native of Anjou. The Beauvau (Craon name was added to the end of the fifteenth century) served as the kings of France and the dukes of Lorraine (the family settled in the duchy in the sixteenth century). Louis XIV granted them the same coveted title of King’s cousin, and the marquis de Beauvau (1664).
One of the most famous was Beauvau Marc (1679-1754), a friend and favorite of Duke Leopold, who gave him the title of Marquis de Lorraine Craon and Haroué. He also made high constable of Lorraine (the sword, the symbol of this charge is always kept in the castle) and he was awarded the title of prince of the Holy Roman Empire and the first prince of Craon through the Holy Roman Emperor in 1722 .
Marc de Beauvau was also responsible for arranging the marriage of Francis III of Lorraine Marie-Thérèse of Austria. Then he managed Tuscany on behalf of Francis, with the title of viceroy.
An extraordinary career. The castle now belongs to Princess Marie Isabelle Cristina Adele Gracie (called “Minnie”) Beauvau-Craon who is the daughter of the seventh and last ruler of Beauvau.
By its architecture, scenery, its history, its famous guests (Queen Mum stayed there), Haroué deserves more than one visit, it deserves attention. This is one of the most beautiful castles in Lorraine, inhabited by the same family for nearly three centuries.