Throughout her childhood she was surrounded by political intrigue; her father was assassinated six months after her birth, and when she was seven her mother was banished from Paris. In , at the age of 15, she was married to Charles. She was a patron of drama and generally presided over a lively court. As the Civil War approached, Henrietta Maria began to meddle in politics.
Henriette grew up with a group of her siblings in Leiden, where they were raised by tutors and governesses, rarely seeing their parents or older siblings. With her mother Elizabeth being widowed six years earlier, the household was filled with women at this time. Her sister Elisabeth was an avid reader, and budding philosopher and her sister Louise was a very talented painter. Henriette contented herself with needlework and loved to make preserves; these hobbies kept her occupied during the difficult times her family faced in the following years. This illness almost cost Henriette her life, and everyone was surprised that she survived. Later that year, Henriette was still staying in Berlin and was spending time with her aunt the Dowager Electress of Brandenburg who became obsessed with the idea of organising a marriage for her niece as she had become very fond of her.
She was thus a potential heir to the English and Scottish crowns. Henriette Marie died unexpectedly on 18 September Her husband followed her to the grave a few months later; both were buried in St. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Princess Palatine.
Contemporaneously, by a decree of her husband, she was known in England as Queen Mary , but did not like this name and signed her letters "Henriette R". Her identity as a Roman Catholic made her unpopular in England,  and also prohibited her from being crowned in a Church of England service; therefore she never had a coronation. She began to immerse herself in national affairs as civil war loomed on the horizon, and was compelled to seek refuge in France in , following the birth of her youngest daughter, Henrietta , during the height of the First English Civil War. The execution of Charles I in left her impoverished. In , she moved back to Paris, where she died four years later.