Marie Antoinette, Queen of France Yolande de Polastron, Duchesse de Polignac Elisabeth de France, ‘Madame’ Elisabeth Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry Marie Thérèse de France, Duchesse d’Angoulême Marie Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, Princesse de Lamballe
Madame de Lamballe reading to Marie Antoinette and her daughter, Marie Thérèse Charlotte (1858). Joseph Caraud (French, 1821-1905).
Queen Marie Antoinette appointed Marie Thérèse Superintendent of the Queen’s Household, the highest rank possible for a lady-in-waiting at Versailles. Marie Thérèse was by nature reserved and there was never any gossip about her private life. However, in popular anti-monarchist propaganda of the time, she was regularly portrayed in pornographic pamphlets, showing her as the queen’s lesbian lover to undermine the public image of the monarchy.