The transition of power from Louis XV to Louis XVI took place against a
background of unresolved political tension over the Maupeou coup. The
funeral of Louis XV in July 1774 required the attendance of the parlement –
but which one? The unpopular appointees of the Maupeou parlement? Or the
exiled members of the old parlement? The princes of the blood threatened to
boycott the ceremony. Ceremony and politics were inextricably linked in the
first days of Louis XVI's reign.