Marie Thérèse Charlotte (19 December 1778 - 19 October 1851), the eldest daughter and only surviving child of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, passed away only three days after the 58th anniversary of her mother’s execution.
MAY SHE, A TRUE DAUGHTER OF FRANCE, REST IN PEACE.
On May 16th, 1770, Marie Antoinette of Austria and Louis-Auguste of
France were married in a lavish wedding ceremony at Versailles. The
wedding of the teenage couple was celebrated in a contemporary French
The rose of the Danube and the lily of the Seine, Mixing their colors, embellish both parts: Form a garland of these flowers, love forms a chain, Happily joining the two nations’ hearts.
Today in History: May 16th, 1770 - Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette of Austria are married
A fourteen year-old Marie Antoinette and fifteen year-old Louis were married to form a political alliance that was supposed to stabilize often hostile relations between Austria and France. Although the marriage was always said to be amiable, Louis was very shy (it is also rumoured he suffered from phimosis, something royal doctors already stated in late 1772) and the marriage was not consummated for seven years. However, in 1778, the first of their four children was born, also the only one to survive past childhood. The couple was executed during the French Revolution, 8 months apart, after 23 years of marriage. After the death of her husband on January 21st 1793, Marie Antoinette went into deep mourning, refusing to eat or exercise. She was executed on October 16th, 1793. Their bodies were thrown in an unmarked grave. In 1815 their bodies were exhumed, and the couple is now buried at the Basilica of Saint-Dennis, a northern suburb of Paris.