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Marguerite de Navarre (1492 - 1549)

Marguerite de Navarre (1492 - 1549)
Marguerite of Angoulème
Princesse de France
Queen of Navarre
Grandmother of the Bourbon Kings

Marguerite de Navarre was the grandmother of Henri IV,
first Bourbon King of France de Villeroy (1553 - 1617)
Henri IV de Villeroy was the grandfather of Louis XIV.

She was the ancestress of the Bourbon Kings of France
and had many Links with Cremerie de Paris.

Queen of Navarre
Marguerite was first married to the Duke Charles IV of Alencon who died in 1525.
1526 Margaret of Angulème married
in a second marriage Henry II of Navarre.
and became Queen Marguerite de Navarre

Renaissance Writer

The French historian
Frank Ferrand talking
about Marguerite de Navarre
(unfortunately only in French) ...

Marguerite de Navarre
Grandmother of the Bourbon Kings of France
& Cremerie de Paris

Marguerite had a litterature salon called "New Parnassus"
This connected her with the Villeroy family, advisors of the Kings of France
and brought her to the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris
for intelectual meetings.

She was the grandmother of King Henri IV,
the first Bourbon King of France.

"B" for "Bourbon"
in a unique Two Letter domain name

The letter "B" of our website
stands for the Bourbons
while "V" means Villeroy,
Marguerites friends and first owners of Cremerie de Paris.

There are only 676 Two letter .coms,
the world's shortest and most glamourous internet adresses. is one of them.

Building the Metro exit "Marguerite de Navarre"

Marguerite de Navarre becomes the name of a square
Nike, place Marguerite de Navarre
1973 construction of
Chatelet les Halles metro station,
heart of the Paris transport system
and largest subway station in Europe.

1985 March 15 Internet come alive
Registration of the very first
Domain Name

1985 April 2 Jacques Chirac, mayor of Paris decides
to name the newly created space temporarily called "place D1"
Place Marguerite de Navarre.
The square faces Cremerie de Paris N°1 ,
a former Milk Store closed
since the 1971 departure of the Les Halles foodmarket

1986 January Johannes von Thurn und Taxis
comes to Paris during fashion week.
He meets a young student that works in the fashion shows.

1986 March 3 Registration in the United States of
the first
Two Letter internet domain.

Anselm Franz and Johannes Thurn & Taxis
1986 May Johannes von Thurn & Taxis,
returns to Paris.
Through his grandmother Margarethe of Austria
he is a 12 x great grandson of Marguerite de Navarre.
Through his grandfather Albert
he comes from the
Thurn and Taxis Postal family.

Thurn & Taxis shows place Marguerite de Navarre
and the opposit Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon (VB)
to the student he had met 3 months before.
From 1671 to 1738 VB was the seat of the Royal French Postal Services.

Postmaster Anslem Franz von Thurn & Taxis used to go to VB,
for postal issues
coming by horse from Brussels or Francfort,
headquaters of the Thurn & Taxis Post.

The visit results in the keys of a little Boutique,
Cremerie de Paris N°2,
the smallest of today's Cremeries de Paris
with the mission to find an idea to reactivate
fallen asleep Telecom Energy from the past.

Thurn & Taxis was searching for ideas
in the field of Telecomunications and Internet.
He had the vision of the Telecom industry
blocked by State monopoles was coming alive.

The small phone shop
opens as a repair place for avant-garde Sony phones.
Soon it becomes possible to open another
next door Sony Boutique.

1990 Dec Sadly Thurn & Taxis dies from heart failure
and his own projects come to an end.

1993 June Sony phones
and a little jewel left by Coco Chanel
Aimee de Heeren, a friend of Thurn & Taxis
make it possible to get a loan
to buy the legendaty Cremerie de Paris N°1

1995 to 1998 Cremerie de Paris turns into the first Internet Cafe in France
Business is difficult as the Boutique is too avant garde for it's time.
The construction of the new subway line M14 creates a lot of problems.

The only visitors are American Tourist
desperately looking for an Internet connection.
One of them is the assistant of Jon Postel,
inventor of the dot com domains.

1998 October 15 Opening of Metro M14.

Phone Book of the World
2000 jan 25 the invention of the
Phone Book of the

2005 February The Internet cafe closes
as web connections had become available in every phone.

2011 January Cremerie de Paris reopens
as a Brand Expo location.

Building the Metro exit "Marguerite de Navarre"
2012 - 2018

Ben SolmsDavid Aaron Benali, Nathalia Brodskaya
pictures from 2016 show the editor of this article
presenting the future staircase
and David Aaron Benali standing in front
of the future exit with Nathalia Brodskaya,
historian from the Hermitage Museum.

construction subway exit Marguerite de Navarre
The construction took quite a long time,
6 years, to complete.

Construction timeline of
Porte Marguerite de Navarre,
the most important Subway exit in Europe

Marguerite de Navarre
entrance gate to the center of Paris

metro exit Marguerite de Navarre

Marguerite de Navarre is the easiest acces to the center of Paris
with direct RER connections from both airports
Roissy CDG (always take the direct RER B trains they are faster) and Orly
Metros from all trainstations.
M1 and M14 all fully automized.

After leaving the subway
follow the signs sortie 1, Marguerite de Navarre.

After taking the futuristic escalators
check out the Pop Up Stores at Cremerie de Paris,
a Meeting Place for the World's most famous Brands.
Many iconic events have taken place at the Cremeries de Paris
like two Pokemon Pop Ups, many fashion events and the launch of numerous Video Games.

150 m down the road you have Samaritaine
Europe's ultimate Department store owned by LVMH
with Boutiques from Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton

metro exit Marguerite de Navarre
500 m down the road you have the World's largest Museum the Louvre,
home of the Mona Lisa
and the Centre Pompidou

Images around place Marguerite de Navarre

Nike, place Marguerite de Navarre
2012 Video showing place Marguerite de Navarre
before the start of the subway exit construction
during the iconic Nike Barbershop Pop Up Store
organised by Antoine Leca from the
agency Auditoire.

2016 Video showing the Marguerite de Navarre subway exit from above
during it's contruction and a Final Fantasy Pop Up Store
organised by Francois Linh Hoang from the agency
Francois Linh Hoang is one of the World's
must reputated designer of Video game related events.
He has organised 7 Pop Up Expos around
place Marguerite de Navarre.

2018 Video showing the Marguerite de Navarre subway exit
during an Amazon Pop Up Store

2019 Video showing the Marguerite de Navarre subway exit from above
during a Game of Thrones Pop Up Store by Warner Bros (
also organised by Francois Linh Hoang from Brainwash

Cremerie de Paris, place Marguerite de Navarre
Cremerie de Paris decorated
as a
Pop Up Store Museum
in between Pop Up Stores

The magic of Marguerite de Navarre
contributed to make Cremerie de Paris
become a
Meeting Place of the Worlds
most famous Brands

Coca Cola Pop Up Store
Coca Cola Pop Up Store at Cremerie de Paris N°1

oranised by Zyad Rouissi from the agency
Zyad created two very artistic Pop Ups
around place Marguerite de Navarre.

Chivas Regal XV by Dolly Cohen - Pop Up Store
Chivas Regal XV Masterpiece bottle designed by Dolly Cohen
next Pop Up Store at Cremerie de Paris N°1
from 7 to 16 Dec 2023

Expo organised by Cloe Escaffre from Pernod Ricard
with the help of Lucille Pateau
and Andriana Jankovska

Discover the Cremerie de Paris Museum

follow the expos on Instagram
Instagram @CremeriedeParisOfficial

Marguerite de Navarre's Issue / Genealogy
16 generations
connected with centuries of history
multiple links with VB / Cremerie de Paris

Type your research (Generation or Names)

Portrait Generation
Marguerite de Navarre
Marguerite de Navarre by Jean Clouet around 1527
Marguerite de Navarre (1492 - 1549)
Princess of France, sister of King Francois I
Queen of Navarre,
married to Henry II of Navarre (1503 - 1555)
came to the Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon (VB) / Cremerie de Paris
for receptions and litterary meetings

two children
- Jeanne d'Albrecht (1528 - 1572)
- Jean de Navarre (1530 - 1530)

grandmother of the Bourbons
The "B" of

Not everybody knows that Margurite de Navarre
has already been to her square .. over 500 years ago
At the times it was the jonction of
rue St Honore and rue de la Ferronnerie.
Rue des Halles, (imagined 1860 by Empress Eugénie)
did not yet exist.
Marguerite was a friend of Nicolas II de Villeroy
previous owner of the house
and grandfather of Nicolas IV de Villeroy.

Not everybody knows many historic people
have been / are in connection with Cremerie de Paris.
Marguerite de Navarre
Francois 1er by Jean Clouet around 1530


Francois 1er (1494 - 1547)
born François d'Angouleme
first Valois King of France (1515 - 1547)
Duke of Milan (1515 - 1525)

Francois Ist was
father of King Henri II (1515 - 1559)
father-in-law of Catherine de Medici (1519 - 1589)

Marguerite de Navarre
wood engraving by Hans Holbein

The engraving shows King Francois 1 with his advisor Nicolas II de Villeroy ( 14xx - 1553)
Nicolas II de Villeroy became secretary of the King in 1515

Nicolas II inherited the Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon (VB) from his father Nicolas I de Villeroy
He was the grandfather of Nicolas IV de Villeroy

Protector of the Arts

Marguerite de Navarre Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) was a friend of both
Marguerite de Navarre and her younger brother François 1er

1516 Francois 1er invited Leonardo da Vinci to come to France.
Francois 1er bought
the Mona Lisa (created in 1503) from the artist.

There is no certitude that Leonardo
has been to the Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon (VB),
but it is most likely he knew about the house
which was already very glamorous at his time.

His painting, the Mona Lisa
is located at the Louvre since 1797,
a few minutes walking distance from Cremerie de Paris (
Many admires of what might be the World's most famous painting
use the subway exit Marguerite de Navarre to get to the Louvre.
On their way the see the Cremerie de Paris windows
constantly changing iconic Pop Up Stores. .

Jehanne Albret
Jeanne d'Albret


Jeanne d'Albret / Jehanne III Reine de Navarre (1528 - 1572)
married to Antoine de Bourbon, King of Navarre.

5 children
- Henri de Bourbon
- Henri IV
- Louis Charles de Bourbon
- Madeleine de Bourbon
- Catherine de Bourbon (1559 - 1604)

2nd generation

The painting is in the Gallery des portraits
du Chateau de Beauregard.
Henry IV
Henri IV, 1st Bourbon King


Henri IV (1553 - 1610)
first Bourbon King of France
married to
Marguerite de Valois (1572 - 1599)
Marie de Medici (1575 - 1642)
3rd generation

12 children
avec Marie de Medicis
- Louis XIII (1601 - 1643)
- Elisabeth de France (1602 - 1644)
- Christine de France (1606 - 1663)
- Monsier d Orleans (1607 - 1611)
- Gaston de France (1608 - 1660)
- Henriette Marie de France (1609 - 1669)

- Cesar de Bourbon (1594 - 1665)
- Catherine Henriette de Bourbon (1596 - 1663)
- Alexandre de Bourbon (1598 - 1629)
- Henri de Bourbon (1601 - 1682)
- Antoine de Bourbon (1607 - 1632)
- Jeanne Baptiste de Bourbon (1608 - 1670)

Nicolas IV de Villeroy
Henri IV had a pied-a-terre at the Cremerie de Paris
Nicolas IV de Villeroy (1543 - 1617)
was a minister and advisor for Henri IV.

Nicolas IV de Villeroy was the heir
of the Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon (VB)

Louis XIII
Louis XIII, 2nd Bourbon King


Louis XIII (1601 - 1643)
second Bourbon King of France
married to Anne of Autriche (1601 - 1666)
4th generation

2 children
Louis XIV child
Louis XIV, 3rd Bourbon King (red circle)
Tutor Nicolas V de Villeroy
(lived at the VB mansion)

Philippe d'Orleans child
Philippe I of Orleans red circle),

2 x great-grandsons

- Louis XIV / Sun King (1638 - 1715)
third Bourbon King of France
oldest child of Louis XIII
5th generation
played at the Cremerie de Paris as a child

Nicolas V de Villeroy was his tutor

lived at the Chateau de Versailles
married to Maria Theresia of Spain (1638-1683)
married to
Francois d'Aubiné / Madame de Maintenon (1635 - 1719)

- Philippe I of Orleans / Monsieur (1640 - 1701)
duke of Orléans
second child of Louis XIII
only brother of Louis XIV
played at the Cremerie de Paris as a child

lived at the Chateau de St Cloud
married to Henrietta of England
married to Elisabeth Charlotte of Bavaria (la Palatine).

Nicolas IV de Villeroy Nicolas V de Villeroy on a coin by Jean Vavin

Nicolas V de Villeroy inherited the Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon (VB)
from his grandfather Nicolas IV de Villeroy in 1617
In the late 1630ies he tore down the mansion
to replace it by the present Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon accomplished in 1640.

Junichi Masuda (Pokemon) with a coin of Nicolas V de Villeroy
Junichi Masuda, composer of the Pokemon Music with a coin of Nicolas V de Villeroy
Masuda was fascinated by the history of VB, mainly due to it's links with the composer Igor Stravinsky
Louis XV as a child
Philippe II d'Orleans
on the right young Louis XV, 4the Bourbon King
tutor François de Villeroy
(son of Nicolas V de Villeroy)

3 x great-grandson

Philippe II of Orléans (1674 - 1723)
Regent of France from 1715-1723
during the minority of his great-nephew
Louix XV
nephew of Louis XIV
ancestor of Memo von Sachsen
6th generation

Louis d Orléans
Louis Duc d'Orleans

4 x great-grandson

Louis Duke of Orleans (1703 - 1752)
married to Johanna of Baden-Baden (1704–1726)

7th generation
Louis Philippe I of Orleans II
Louis Philippe I Duc d'Orleans

5 x great-grandson

Louis Philippe I (1725 - 1785)
Duke of Orléans

married to Louise Henriette de Bourbon.
8th generation
Louis Philippe of Orleans II
Louis Philippe II

6 x great-grandson

Louis Philippe II (1747 - 1793)
did not like Marie Antoinette married to his cousin Louis XVI

During French Revolution
he adhered to the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
was also killed in the French Revolution

married to Louise Marie de Bourbon
9th generation
Louis Philippe King of the French
King Louis Philippe

7 x great-grandchildren

Louis Philippe I (1773 - 1850)
King of the French from 1830 - 1848

10th generation

transformed the chateau de Versailles into a Museum
redesigned place de la Concorde
setting the 3000 year old Luxor Obelisk in the center

created a liberal constitutional monarchy
known as Monarchie de Juillet

replaced by 2nd Republic
with President Louis Napoloen,

1848 replaced by 2nd Republic
with Louis Napoléon (nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte)
first President, then Emperor of France
during the Second Empire

Empress Eugenie played an important
role in the construction of the
Halles Centrales / Pavillons Baltard foodmarlet

married to Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily.

10 children:
- Ferdinand Philippe Orléans (1810 -1842)
father of Robert d'Orleans, Duc de Chartres (1840 - 1910)
grandfather of Jean d'Orleans, Duc de Guise (1874 - 1940)
great-grandfather of Henri Count of Paris (1908 - 1999)
2x great-grandfather of Henri Count of Paris (1933 - 2019)

Micaela Countess of Paris, David Aaron Benal
Micaela, Countess of Paris (1938 - 2022)
was the 3 x grand-daughter in law of King Louis Philippe
the second wife of Henri d'Orleans, Comte de Paris
and the mother of Alexis Boeuf.
In the picture with her young friend David Aaron Benali (Cremerie de Paris)

- Louise, Queen of the Belgians (1812 - 1850)
- Marie Wurtemberg (1813 - 1839)
- Louis d'Orleans, Duke of Nemours (1814 - 1896)
- Francoise d'Orléans (1816 - 18198)

- Clementine Sachsen-Coburg Gotha (1817 - 1907)
see following family tree

- François d'Orlénas , Prince de Joinville (1818 - 1900)
- Charles d'Orléans, Duke of Penthieve (1820 - 1828)
- Henri d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale (1822 - 1897)
- Antoine d'Orléans, Duke of Montpensier (1824 - 1890)

10th generation

Clementine of Orleans
Clementine d'Orleans

8 x great-granddaughter

Clementine of Orleans (1817-1907)
married August of Saxe Coburg and Gotha
11th generation

5 children
- Clotilde of Saxe Coburg
- Ferdinand Tsar of Bulgaria

Clementine overlooks place de la Concorde
next to the Tuileries Garden in Paris.
She is the model for the city of Lille,
one of 8 French city statues of the famous square.
Clementine of Orleans
Place de la Concorde is 2 km walking distance
from the Cremeries de Paris,
so many times we have been driving by the statue
without realising that both Clementine's
ancesters and descendents
were connected to our history.
Clotilde von Sachsen Coburg
Clotilde de Saxe Coburg

9 x great-granddaughter

Clothilde of Saxe Coburg and Gotha (1846 - 1927)
married Joseph Karl of Austria

They had 7 children, among them:

"Margarethe" of Austria / Thurn und Taxis
who might have been named after "Marguerite" de Navarre

12th generation
Margarethe von Thurn und Taxis
Margarethe of Austria / Thurn & Taxis
was named after Marguerite de Navarre

Thurn und Taxis family

Albert 8th Prince and Margarete von Thurn & Taxis
with their 7 children in 1910

10 x great-grandaughter

Margarethe of Austria (1870 - 1955)
married Albert I von Thurn & Taxis (1870 - 1952)
(nephew of Sissi of Austria)
13th generation

knew Cremerie de Paris in relation it's Postal history

They had 6 sons and one beautiful daughter
Elisabeth Helène von Thurn und Taxis / Markgravine von Sachsen.

Pearl Tiara of Empress Eugenie
for their wedding Albert bought the famous Tiara, crown jewel of France
The perl tiara was ordered by Napoléon III for his wedding with Eugenie de Montijo
The 212 pearls and 1998 diamonds come from old old jewels of the Bourbons.
The tiara can be seen in multiple historic paintings
including those of Franz Xavier Winterhalter.

Next to the crown of the Queen of England
or the tiara of the Tsarina of Russia
it is today the World's most valuable jewel.

Sadly for the Postal family
Gloria von Thurn und Taxis
sold the tiara for the equivalent of 567.023 euro
which might not even be 5% of todays value.

Today the tiara is based at the Louvre,
Gallerie Appolon
800 m walking distance from Cremerie de Paris / Place Marguerite de Navarre

Elisabeth Helene and Karl August von Thurn und Taxis
Elisabeth Helene von Sachsen
and her brother Karl August,
later 10th Prince of Thurn & Taxis

11 x great-grandchildren

Karl August von Thurn & Taxis (1898 - 1982)
married Maria Anna of Braganza (1899 - 1971)
grandaughter of King Miguel of Portugal
3 children

Elisabeth Helene von Thurn und Taxis (1903 - 1976)
married Margrave Friedrich Christian von Meissen (1893 - 1968),
son of the last King of Saxony,
Frederick Augustus III
6 children

14th generation
Johannes von Thurn & Taxis Johannes, 11th Prince von Thurn & Taxis

Maria Anna von Sachsen Gesapphe Maria Anna von Sachsen Gessaphe

Mathilde von Sachsen Coburg
Mathilde (Aja) von Sachsen

12 x great-grandchildren

children of Karl August von Thurn und Taxis
- Clotilde von Liechtenstein (1922 - 2009)
married to Johann von Liechtenstein (1914 - 2004)
5 children

- Mafalda von Thurn und Taxis (1924 - 1989)
married to Franz von Thurn und Taxis (1915 - 1997)
one child

Princess Soraya, Johannes Thurn und Taxis
Johannes von Thurn & Taxis (1926 - 1990)
in the picture with Soraya Esfandiary,
former Queen of Iran

Ben Solms, Aimee de Heeren, Johannes Thurn und Taxis
Johannes Thurn & Taxis
is a key person in the history of Cremerie de Paris

1986 pushed young Ben Solms
to bring fallen asleep history back to life

In the center of the picture Aimee de Heeren,
former secret service agent, WW2 resistant
fiancée of Joe Kennedy Jr
other key person in the history of Cremerie de Paris

See also the Telecom history of the family
in direct relation with Phone Book of the World
edited from place Marguerite de Navarre

children of Elisabeth Helene von Thurn und Taxis
- Maria Emmanuel von Sachsen (1926 - 2012)
oldest child, very original
no children

- Maria Anna von Sachsen (1929 - 2012)
married Roberto of Gessaphe
3 sons

Mathilde / Aja von Sachsen Coburg with her son Johannes Albert von Sachsen
- Mathilde (Aja) von Sachsen Coburg (1936 - 2018)
doctor for children in Innsbruck
friend of Cremerie de Paris
was watching every Cremerie Pop Up Store from Austria

Mathilde had one only child Johannes Albert (1969-1987)
who played with the editor of this article when they were small.
Johannes Albert von Sachsen died in an accident at age 17.

15th generation

Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe
Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe
with Ben Solms (Cremerie de Paris)
in front of the staircase
named after his 13 x great-grandmother
Marguerite de Navarre

Memo von Sachsen helps Cremerie de Paris
in history research.

13 x great-grandson

children of Maria Anna von Sachsen

Alexander von Sachsen

Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe

interior architect, art consultant

Karl August von Sachsen Gessaphe

16th generation

Diademe Eugenie de Montijo

Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe,
with David Aaron Benali (Cremerie de Paris)
and Eugenie's tiara now at the Louvre