The King’s State Bedroom was the ceremonial heart of the Château, but the Cabinet du conseil (Council Chamber) next door was its political heart.
All three kings who lived at Versailles spent many hours in this room. It was the venue for meetings of the Conseil d’Etat, the Council of State, which was effectively the cabinet. The King also chaired the meetings of the Conseil des Dépêches (Foreign Affairs) and the Conseil des Finances (Finance) here. Furthermore, foreign ambassadors presented their credentials in this room. Last but not least, all those who wished to join the court had to be presented to the King here by a sponsor. In 1745, Madame de Pompadour was presented, for instance.