The gorgeous cavalcade proceeded to Kell, on the frontiers of Austria
and France. There a magnificent pavilion had been erected, consisting of
a vast saloon, with an apartment at either end. One of these apartments
was assigned to the lords and ladies of the court of Vienna; the other
was appropriated to the brilliant train which had come from Paris to
receive the bride. The two courts vied with each other in the exhibition
of wealth and magnificence. It was an established law of French
etiquette, always observed on such occasions, that the royal bride
should receive her wedding dress from France, and should retain
absolutely nothing belonging to a foreign court. The princess was,
consequently, in the pavilion appropriated to the Austrian suite,
unrobed of all her garments, excepting her body linen and stockings. The
door was then thrown open, and in this plight the beautiful and blushing
child advanced into the saloon. The French ladies rushed to meet her.
Maria threw herself into the arms of the Countess de Noailles, and wept
convulsively. The French were perfectly enchanted with her beauty; and
the proud position of her head and shoulders betrayed to their eyes the
daughter of the Caesars. She was immediately conducted to the apartment
appropriated to the French court. Here the few remaining articles of
clothing were removed from her person, and she was re-dressed in the
most brilliant attire which the wealth of the French monarchy could
The funeral of Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain, Dauphine of France. She was the first wife of Louis Ferdinand, the only surviving son of Louis XV.
She died three days after giving birth to a daughter, Marie Therese, who only lived for a year. Louis was forced to remarry immediately after his wife’s death in order to provide an heir to the throne.