Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette's last words - "Pardon me, sir. I meant not to do it."

Marie Antoinette, officially known as Marie-Antoinette-Josephe-Jeanne d’Autriche-Lorraine, was the last queen of France before the French Revolution took place. She lived a luxurious lifestyle and was one of the people who provoked the revolution. At 12:15 in the afternoon on 16 October 1793, Marie Antoinette was guillotined. As Marie Antoinette ascended the stairs to the guillotine, she accidentally stepped on the executioner’s foot, saying to him “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it”. Marie Antoinette's body was dropped into a mass grave in the Madeleine cemetery, which was closed the following year because it had reached capacity. During the Bourbon Restoration following the fall of Napoleon, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI’s bodies were exhumed and given a royal burial at the Basilica of St. Denis.

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