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On This Day… The Last Queen Of France

Written by: George Chittenden : 09 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 16th Oct, back in 1793 when the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, was executed for treason. Years earlier, in 1770, at the tender age of fourteen Marie had married Louis-Auguste, heir apparent to the French throne. Then in 1774 when her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI, she assumed the title Queen of France, but sadly she wasn’t destined to live a life fit for a queen.

When the French Revolution kicked off Marie Antoinette and the rest of the French royal family were placed under house arrest, and the situation was only going to get worse. On 21st September 1792, the monarchy was abolished and in January 1793 her husband Louis XVI was found guilty of high treason and executed by guillotine.

Marie suffered in squalor for months prior to the commencement of her trial, which began on October 14th, 1793. It lasted two days, and it was on this very day when she was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason. It was 4.30 am when she heard her sentence: death by guillotine. She was executed on the Place de la Révolution.

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