In August 1855, Queen Victoria was on a state visit to France to visit Versailles accompanied by Napoleon III. Invited. The last stop for visitors was the Queen's Hamlet, a collection of replica rustic buildings that were built in 1783 as a retreat for Marie-Antoinette. Victoria reflected in her diaries on the lingering presence of the dead queen: the trees that surrounded her were "planted by poor Marie-Antoinette herself", and royal society ate in a cottage that "this poor unfortunate queen" was called.
What is Marie-Antoinette about? Almost 230 years after its end on the Place de la Revolution, now Place de la Concorde, in October 1793 the "poor unhappy queen" is still fascinating. Versailles visitors in the 21st century can buy compact mirrors, tot...
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