King Louis XVI lost more than his head in Kentucky — a statue of the guillotined monarch lost its hand too … and a long lost family member of the guy wants it good as new ASAP.
ICYMI … a protester in Louisville hopped up on the historical landmark that’s smack-dab in the middle of downtown with a massive crowd swarming about, and when he jumped down, he took ol’ Louis’ right hand with him! Literally, that piece broke clean off at the wrist.
A reporter there said the protester “made off” with the hand. It’s unclear if that’s entirely accurate or not — although some of the protesters were reportedly seen passing it around and flaunting it shortly afterward — but, in any case, the statue is currently hand-less … and officials seem to have come up empty-handed in locating/replacing it quite yet. 👋🏽
All jokes aside, it would appear the vandalism on King Louis has caught the attention of an actual presumed blood relative of the man himself — a guy by the name of Louis Alphonse of Bourbon … whom, as recognized by Legitimist royalists, is the rightful successor to the French crown. Supposedly, he’s a senior agnatic descendant of KLXVI … meaning, he comes straight from the male side of the fam all the way through the 21st century.
LAB said of the defacement, “As the heir of #LouisXVI, and attached to the defense of his memory, I do hope that the damage will be repaired and that the statue will be restored. I already thank the Authorities for the measures they will take for that.”
Some people are giving Louis Jr. here s**t for making a big deal about a piece of rock when there are way bigger issues at play right now. Also, people are pointing out that King Louis wasn’t necessarily seen as a friend of the people back in the late 1700s — remember, he got beheaded during the French Revolution when they did away with kings, etc.
In any case … good look finding your great-great-great-GREEEAAAT grandpappy’s hand, Lou.