Marie Antoinette Is Executed

Marie Antoinette was declared guilty of treason in the early morning of 16 October, after two days of proceedings.

The same day at 12:15 pm, two and a half weeks before her thirty-eighth birthday, wearing a simple white dress, she was executed Place de la Révolution (present-day Place de la Concorde). Her body was thrown into an unmarked grave in the former Madeleine cemetery, rue d'Anjou, (which was closed the following year). Both her body and that of Louis XVI were exhumed on 18 January 1815, during the Bourbon Restoration, when the comte de Provence had become King Louis XVIII. Proper Christian burial of the royal remains took place three days later, on 21 January, in the necropolis of French Kings at the Basilica of St Denis.

Pardon me Sir, I meant not to do it.”

— Marie Antionette's last words in response to accidentally stepping on the executioner, Sanson's, foot