Soleil Royal (Royal Sun) was a French 104-gun ship of the line, flagship of Admiral Tourville.
French Soleil Royal was built in Brest between 1668 and 1670 by engineer Laurent Hubac.
However, she was launched in 1669, and stayed unused in Brest harbour for years.
French Soleil Royal was recommissioned with 112 guns and 1200 men. The Royal Sun was said to be a good sailing ship and her decorations.
Moreover, amongst the most beautiful and elaborate of all baroque flagships. The emblem of the “sun” had been chosen by Louis XIV as his personal symbol.
Soleil Royal became a traditional name for capital ships of the Ancien Régime.