Dame d'honneur

Dame d'honneur or Dame d’honneur was a common title for two categories of French ladies-in-waiting, who are often confused because of the similarity.

Dame d'honneur can be:

  • Short for Première dame d'honneur, which were commonly shortened to Dame d'honneur, or;
  • The full, formal title for Dame du Palais, which until 1674 was formally called Dame d'honneur, though commonly shortened to Dame.