Thursday, September 25, 2008

Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria


Maria Christina was one of Marie-Antoinette's older sisters. (She had ten sisters and five brothers.) They called Maria Christina "Mimi" and she was their mother's favorite daughter. By the way, all of Marie-Antoinette's sisters were named for the Blessed Virgin. To tell them apart they were called by their second names, or by nicknames. No one was called "Maria" or "Marie." Marie-Antoinette was never called "Marie" by her family but "Antoine." Her husband and his family called her "Antoinette," since all the women in the French royal family were also "Marie." Share

4 comments:

Catherine Delors said...

Exactly, Elena! I am always irritated when people take the liberty of calling Marie-Antoinette "Marie." She considered St. Anthony her patron saint, did she not?

In my family too all women are called Marie, though most of us go by different names.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, Catherine, me, too. All the girls were "Marie," and in the French Royal family, all the boys were "Louis," but they were called by their titles or last names, such as "Berry" "Provence" and "Artois."

Yes, St. Anthony was her patron and didn't he have his work cut out for him....

SF said...

Stunning portrait.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes and that gown is something else.