marie antoinette of austria

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Favorite Women in History (2/20): Marie Antoinette of Austria

“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

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Yes, I know, Ulysse and Penelope aren’t really historical, but I’ve so much feelings for them *^*

European queens' signs
  • Aries: Catherine de Medici
  • Taurus: Catherine the Great
  • Gemini: Queen Victoria
  • Cancer: Philippa of Hainault
  • Leo: Anna of Bohemia and Hungary
  • Virgo: Elizabeth I
  • Libra: Mary of Modena
  • Scorpio: Marie Antoinette
  • Sagittarius: Catherine of Aragon
  • Capricorn: Empress Elisabeth of Austria
  • Aquarius: Mary I
  • Pisces: Blanche of Castile

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.

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I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.

historical make me choose @liverpoolrules asked: marie antoinette or elisabeth of austria

Marie Antoinette with her two eldest children, Marie-Thérèse Charlotte and the Dauphin Louis Joseph, in the Petit Trianon’s gardens, by Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller

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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 quatrain:

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.