Marie Antoinette Obituary, Death – Marie Antoinette, whose full name was Marie-Antoinette-Josèphe-Jeanne d’Autriche-Lorraine, was the Austrian queen consort of King Louis XVI of France from 1774 to 1793. Born as Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna von Osterreich-Lothringen, she found herself at the heart of political and social turmoil in the closing years of the ancien régime.
Her life was marked by controversies, and her name became synonymous with extravagance, moral decline, and opposition to change. Marie-Antoinette’s journey began as a pawn on the diplomatic chessboard of Europe. She was the 11th daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Maria Theresa, born into a world where alliances and power plays among European nations were prevalent.
In 1770, at the age of just 14, she was married to the dauphin Louis, who would later become King Louis XVI of France. This union was part of a complex web of alliances, as both France and Austria sought to navigate the aftermath of the Seven Years’ War. Unfortunately for Marie-Antoinette, her association with Austria during a time when France was wary of Vienna’s influence cast a shadow over her reign and remained a source of public mistrust.