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“it’s a little-known fact that Marie Antoinette…”

I’m the Cliff Clavin of the Last Queen of France.

Trivia ‘Toinette #14: Comtesse du Barry was a Blonde.

Ok, there are 2 truths of which most of us are aware: 1.Madame Tussaud created many wax figures of those found ’round Versailles; almost all were carved from life. (She was in France in the late 18th.) 2. Many of … Continue reading

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Trivia ‘Toinette #12: “the Clincher”

Well, the REAL trivia here is the fact that King Louis XV would not consent to a royal marriage between his grandson, Louis Auguste, and Empress Maria Teresa’s youngest daughter, Maria Antonia, until her looks were brought up to French … Continue reading

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Trivia ‘toinette #6: Refusal to Travel sans Make-up Foils Chance at Freedom

“I’ll be delighted if she uses it since I have another just the same for my own use,”                                                 ~Marie Antoinette on sending a backup of her personal nécessaire to her sister in Brussels Marie Antoinette owned the most exquisite nécessaire … Continue reading

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trivia #5: the “Affair of the Necklace” was supposed to be in the film

I remember reading ages ago on IMDB that Sofia Coppola had originally intended to include l’Affaire du collier de la reine in her 2006 film but it never made it to the screen. The website states “the screenplay briefly mentions … Continue reading

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trivia #4 Marie Antoinette was near-sighted, needed braces

When it was finally decided that Marie Teresa’s youngest daughter, Archduchess Maria Antoina, was to wed the Dauphin of France, the Empress of Austria set about “correcting” her daughter’s faults. Granted, such a grand title and responsibility had left little … Continue reading

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trivia #3 Marie Antoinette was the 15th of 16 children.

Even by Eighteenth Century standards, Marie Antoinette came from a large family. Her mother, the formidable Empress Maria Teresa, gave birth to sixteen children, six of whom never lived past the age of sixteen. According to strict Roman Catholic tradition … Continue reading

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Trivia ‘Toinette#2: two hundred forty-two years ago today…

16 may 1770 After traveling in a bon bon box of a carriage across Europe for weeks on end, Marie Antoinette (neé Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna de Lorraine, Archduchess of Austria) found herself in the forest near Compiègne where the … Continue reading

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