In the court of King Louis XIV extravagance and opulence filled the atmosphere; the grandiose Château de Versailles was the grand stage on which the magnificent court rituals were performed, all of which revolved around the King,in the same way the heavenly bodies revolve around the sun.
Court life for Louis XIV was so extravagant, that even the King waking up was a performance in a large and elaborate ceremony. The first levee, which is what the Kings rising was called, commenced at 7:30 as the first Valet de Cahmbre awakens the King with the words "Sire, it is time." Not long after, doctors and the Kings favourites piled into the bedroom for the Kings washing and shaving. Next was the Grand Levee, the most prestigious and exclusive ceremony that took place at Versailles, for only the most important courtesans were allowed inside. During this time, the officers of the wardrobe would enter and dress the king.
After the Levee, The King in all his regal majesty, processed down the glorious Hall of Mirrors followed by his courtesians. Eager crowds gathered on each side of the Hall, hoping for atleast a glimpse of the King; a select few had the opportunity of a brief word with him.
At 11 am The King held council in his cabinet, where he was in full control, consequently the ministers did more listening than speaking. Louis famous declared L'État, c'est moi, I am the State, taking full political control.
At 2 the King announced the planned activities for that evening, weather it was a hunt, a carriage ride, or a promenade in the gardens.
At 10pm, once again, large crowds gathered into the antechamber of the Kings apartments. The Gand Public Super would take place, where the King would eat surrounded by members of the royal family. Afterwards he went into the salon to converse more freely with his guests, family, and close friends.
The Kings day ended just as it started, with a slightly less elaborate ceremony called the Couchée.
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