Salon of the Grand Couvert at Versailles

...The Marquise de La Tour du Pin, who was a lady-in-waiting to Marie-Antoinette during the very last years of the Ancien Régime, attended these occasions. She notes in her Memoirs that “the King ate with a hearty appetite, but the Queen did not remove her gloves, nor did she unfold her napkin, in which she was very ill-advised.” Why ill-advised? Because the Marie-Antoinette, by refusing to eat in public, reinforced her image as an aloof and haughty sovereign. Not only did she hate the constraints of the étiquette, but she had little interest in food, did not drink wine, and only enjoyed her morning coffee and croissants...More is found at Versailles and More, here...

A gracious thanks to Catherine Delors.


1 comment:

Catherine Delors said...

You are most welcome, Richard! And my thanks to you for the link.