Marie Antoinette was from Austria. She was the daughter of Francis, the Holy Roman Emperor and Austrian Empress Maria Theresa. Her mother and King Louis XV from France planned for her marriage. It was a political statement of peace. France and Austria had been at war for a long time. They thought that the marriage would stop the fighting between France and Austria. She was initially welcomed by the French people. The beautiful lady from Austria married the crown prince of France in 1770. She became queen four years later, when her husband was crowned King Louis XVI. She had four children. She gained popularity with the people of France at first with her generosity as she continuously gave to the poor of Paris.
She looked for pleasure in a light-hearted way. This was different to the withdrawn personality of her husband. After her mother died in 1780, she became more extravagant and this led to growing resentment. The French were suspicious of her ties to Austria and her influence on the King.
The French Revolution took place in 1789 to 1799. In summary, the French revolution was to overthrow the monarchs because the middle class and the poor did not like the luxurious and privileged lives of the royals and nobility. The revolutionists wanted everybody to be equal.
Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France. Marie Antoinette, wife and Queen of Louis XVI was executed by guillotine because it was believed that she committed treason by communicating with her relative who ruled Austria. She was also accused of a number of other crimes.