Scenes of Marie Louise of Austria and Napoleon Bonaparte with their son, Napoleon II, by Jules Giradet.



Empress Eugénie of France


A portrait miniature of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and their two children. Dated 1789.

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requested by anon: Napoléon Bonaparte & Joséphine de Beauharnais

"My waking thoughts are all of thee. Your portrait and the remembrance of last night’s delirium have robbed my senses of repose. Sweet and incomparable Josephine, what an extraordinary influence you have over my heart. Are you vexed? Do I see you sad? Are you ill at ease? My soul is broken with grief, and there is no rest for your lover."

—Letter to Joséphine de Beauharnais (February 1796)


Maligned or adored, but never forgotten.

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France
Yolande de Polastron, Duchesse de Polignac
Elisabeth de France, ‘Madame’ Elisabeth
Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry
Marie Thérèse de France, Duchesse d’Angoulême
Marie Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, Princesse de Lamballe


[When Marie Antoinette speaks,] I have a thousand times seen [Louis XVI]’s eyes and face light up with a love and enthusiasm which even the most beloved of mistresses could hardly hope to inspire.

—the Baron de Besenval on Louis XVI’s love for his wife.


A young Louis XIV (right) with his younger brother, Philippe I, Duke of Orléans.

Empress Eugénie of France attending the investiture of her husband Napoleon III with the Order of the Garter, 18 April 1855. Portrait by Edward Matthew Ward (1816-79). The whole painting here.


Four queen consorts of France:

Maria Theresa, queen consort of Louis XIV

Marie Leszczynska, queen consort of Louis XV

Marie Antoinette, queen consort of Louis XVI

Marie-Joséphine-Louise, queen consort of Louis XVIII [titular queen]


Empress Eugenie of France. C late 1850s