“As the Dauphine stepped out of her carriage on to the ceremonial carpet that had been laid down, it was the Duc de Choiseul who was given the privilege of the first salute. Presented with the Duc by Prince Starhemberg, Marie Antoinette exclaimed: ‘I shall never forget that you are responsible for my happiness!” ― Antonia Fraser, Marie Antoinette: The Journey
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.
I’m fine, don’t worry. — Short note to the Austrian ambassador to France, after the march on Versailles. The Earl of Mercy Argenteau was one of the most loyal people around Marie Antoinette, and someone in who she had an unconditional faith. Instead of only spying on her since her arrival in France, he tried to advise her and she took advises from him several times on her own. They were separated during the French Revolution but the correspondence of both him and the former Queen revealed that they tried to maintain their friendship until the end.
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.