On a day like this.. a life of the party was born

Comparing Marie Antoinette’s portrait with a picture of  Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette

In addition to Kirsten Dunst movie.. why is Marie Antoinette famous?

A little history first, this is a Austrian royal, born Nov. 2 1755, was married to the King of France Louis XVI, the last French monarch. Both of them, so young (roughly 20) and unfit to meet the peoples expectations, brought down the monarchy. As a young King , the country thought he would bring new ideas, much-needed reforms, and a fresh approach to governing France (which was deeply in debt).

Portraits of the young royals

The kings new policies failed as Marie Antoinette increased her spending on all sorts of entertainment (fashion, gambling, Opera). Rumors about her out of control spending and alleged secret lovers upset a starving suffering mob and contributed to the French Revolution.

Sooo…

Marie Antoinette is famous for..

  • She was France’s last Queen.
  • She turned the fashion industry around and made Paris the most stylish capital of the world.
  • She was also the one introducing the croissant to France! Originally the croissant was called “Viennese bread” (bread from Vienna)
  • She was accused of treason beheaded

Marie Antoinette in pictures, from left to right: Royal portrait, Fashion dresses from Marie Antoinette (Exhibition Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy), the croissant Viennese bread) and a portrait of Marie Antoinette’s beheading.

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