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The Storming of the Tuileries Palace. Many of the King's Guardsmen lost their lives defending the Royal Family.

The guillotine blade that was used to behead Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution on 16 October 1793. The blade is on display at Madame Tussauds in London.

French King Louis XVI, (23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793) Ill-fated husband of Marie-Antoinette, both lost their heads at guillotine in the French Revolution.

Banqueting Hall at Hatfield House, all that remains of the original palace (c1485) where Elizabeth I lived. Hertfordshire, UK

The most accurate likeness of the ill-fated queen of France, Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793). Painted in 1788, a short year before the French Revolution broke out. She never said "Let them eat cake." Her most famous quote should have been the last words she uttered. Mounting the scaffold to the guillotine, she stepped on her executioner's foot. "Excuse me," she said calmly. "I didn't do it on purpose." A fitting epitaph?

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Marie Antoinette

A painting of Marie Antoinette, 1791, Alexandre Kucharski, unfinished and damaged by a pike during the French Revolution.

The French Revolution began in 1789 with the convocation of the Estates-General in May. The first year of the Revolution saw members of the Third Estate proclaiming the Tennis Court Oath in June, the assault on the Bastille in July, the passage of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in August, and an epic march on Versailles that forced the royal court back to Paris in October.

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Saint-Georges by Mather Brown, 1787 Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George (December 25, 1745 – June 10, 1799) was an important French-Caribbean figure in the Paris musical scene in the second half of the 18th century as composer, conductor, and violinist. Prior to the revolution in France, he was also famous as a swordsman and equestrian. Known as the "black Mozart"[1] he was one of the earliest musicians of the European classical type known to have African ancestry.

The golden interior of Marie Antoinette's Royal Carriage, which was given to Tsar Ferdinand I (1861-1948) at some point and is now housed in the National History Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria along with other property of the Bulgarian royal family.

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Curious History : The Guillotine

When I started traveling the world, I start to realize that people weren't all fan of France. French are perceived as rude. I learnt many years later that it was because French don't smile much. Well, traditionally, a Frenchman doesn't smile because it is considered "dumb". And also, during the French revolution, Robespierre told that smiling when working is a sign of "servitude" (enslaved).