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Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution
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Married to France: 1770-1780

Marriage of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI
Marriage of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI


May 16: Marie Antoinette and Louis-Auguste are married at Versailles.


Rumor-mongers blame Marie Antoinette for the royal couple’s childlessness. Some suggest having the marriage annulled and shipping the Queen back to Austria.
Marie Antoinette snubs Louis XV's mistress, Madame du Barry. Du Barry responds by speaking ill of her to the King.
1777 portrait of Marie Antoinette
1777 portrait of Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette despises being dressed by her ladies-in-waiting and eating meals in front of the public.


Maria Theresa's ambassador to the Court of Versailles, Mercy-Argenteau, reports that Marie Antoinette is doing nothing to improve Austria’s standing with France.
Marie Antoinette makes friends with the kind-natured Princesse de Lamballe and the Comtesse de Polignac, as well as her brother-in-law, the Comte d’Artois.


May 10: King Louis XV dies of smallpox.
Coronation of Louis XVI
Coronation of Louis XVI


June 11: 20-year old Louis-Auguste is crowned King Louis XVI at the cathedral in Rheims.
Autumn: Rioters in Paris demand cheap bread after a disastrous harvest.


Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI live separate lives, his filled with hunting, eating, and introspection, hers with dancing, nightlife, gambling, and fashion.
Louis XVI in hunting attire
Louis XVI in hunting attire


Spring: Marie Antoinette’s older brother Joseph II of Austria counsels the still-childless royal couple on their marital relations.
August 30: Marie Antoinette writes to her mother that she and Louis have consummated their marriage.


Marie Antoinette and Louis give birth to their first child, Marie Thérèse Charlotte.


November 29: Marie’s mother, the Empress of Austria, dies.


Early Years 1755 - 1775Married to France: 1770-1780Queen as Mother: 1780-1786Financial Failings: 1787-1788Change of Power: 1789A Revolution: 1789-1790New Rule: 1791A Monarchy Falls: 1792Revolution Enemies: 1792-1793Reign of Terror: 1793-1794Aftermath: 1794-1799
Explore Versailles Queen's Chamber

Chapel Royal
Explore the site of Marie Antoinette's wedding.

Best Friends
Meet Princesse de Lamballe, one of Marie Antoinette's closest friends.

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