Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"My Sister Elisabeth"

Marie-Antoinette always referred to Louis XVI's youngest sister as "my sister Elisabeth" and was truly devoted to the motherless princess. From Vive la Reine:
The Queen is enchanted with [Madame Elisabeth] and tells everyone that she never met anyone so lovable, that she was only now learning to know her, that she had made a friend of her, and that the friendship would last as long as a lifetime. 
–Madame de Bombelles on Madame Elisabeth and Marie Antoinette, after their shared convalescence from measles in 1779. [image: detail from a painting depicting Marie Antoinette embracing Madame Elisabeth]

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