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On this day in 1793, Queen Marie Antoinette of France was executed by guillotine. She was only 37 years old. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the excesses of Marie Antoinette that bankrupted the French government, but the king’s generous decision to provide aide to the American Revolution. 
Above, in a portrait by Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Marie Antoinette is pictured with her three children Marie Thérèse, Louis-Charles, and Louis-Joseph in 1787. Her fourth child, Mlle. Sophie, died before the portrait was finished and was painted out. Louis-Joseph died of tuberculosis two years later. 
A copy of this portrait hung (rather ominously, I think) in Alexandra Feodorovna’s formal reception room at the Alexander Palace. 

On this day in 1793, Queen Marie Antoinette of France was executed by guillotine. She was only 37 years old. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the excesses of Marie Antoinette that bankrupted the French government, but the king’s generous decision to provide aide to the American Revolution. 

Above, in a portrait by Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Marie Antoinette is pictured with her three children Marie Thérèse, Louis-Charles, and Louis-Joseph in 1787. Her fourth child, Mlle. Sophie, died before the portrait was finished and was painted out. Louis-Joseph died of tuberculosis two years later. 

A copy of this portrait hung (rather ominously, I think) in Alexandra Feodorovna’s formal reception room at the Alexander Palace.