07 February 2013

Did You Know...? Part 9

Having evoked Marie Antoinette in the title of the previous post, I thought it apropos to offer a small bit of historical trivia that I myself only recently discovered.

Marie Antoinette, the Austrian-born queen of France from 1774 to 1792, was actually more French, genetically speaking, than her royal consort King Louis XVI.

This blog here, home to many 'random bits of history', mentions that Marie Antoinette had two French grandparents, whereas Louis only had one (King Louis XV).

But even that wasn't enough to save her from the public beheading at the present-day Place de la Concorde, just two and a half weeks before her thirty-eighth birthday.

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