The Princess of France is her father the King’s heir, sent on an important diplomatic mission to Navarre.
Though somewhat insulted by Navarre’s refusal to let her or her ladies into his court, she decides that the best response is to match wits with him rather than be offended. As she does not believe that the men’s declarations of love are genuine, she takes particular pleasure in setting them up for mockery. She is highly intelligent and a joyful woman, as well as a kind one; however, when the news of her father’s death comes, and she becomes Queen, grief and responsibility make her grow up. Unlike the King of Navarre who plans to abandon his kingdom for three years, she immediately prepares to return to her kingdom, and she imposes a task on the King in the hopes of making him reach something of the same level of maturity.