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Marie Antoinette’s glitzy private bedchambers are now open to the public

Get a peek into the private life of France’s legendarily luxe queen

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
News Editor, Time Out UK and Time Out London
Le cabinet doré, Palace of Versailles
Photograph: © Château de Versailles / T. Garnier
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Marie Antoinette (you know the one: French Revolution, ‘let them eat cake’, head lopped off, etc) arguably lived one of the most legendarily lavish lifestyles of anyone, ever. As queen of France, she lived in the extremely fancy Palace of Versailles and famously had a taste for life’s finest and most eccentric luxuries.

It makes sense, therefore, that Marie Antoinette’s private chambers are really very swanky indeed. And now you can actually visit them: the Palace of Versailles has recently reopened the chambers to the public – and they’re exactly as glamourous as you’d expect.

Marie Antoinette’s private chambers consist of two storeys of rooms looking out over an inner courtyard. The main attraction is the ‘Méridienne’ chamber, which was fitted in 1781 and is covered in mirrors and lilac textiles. There’s also an elegant library and a ‘Gold Room’, which, as you can probably guess, features tonnes of gold things.

And that isn’t all. There’s also a dining room and billiards room, as well as smaller areas for Marie Antoinette’s servants and chambermaids. It all makes for a fascinating look into MA’s private life. Here are a few pictures of the place.

Vue d’ensemble de la bibliothèque de Marie-Antoinette
Photograph: © Château de Versailles / T. Garnier
Fauteuil du boudoir de Marie-Antoinette
Photograph: © Château de Versailles / T. Garnier
Fauteuil du boudoir de Marie-Antoinette
Photograph: © Château de Versailles / T. Garnier

Pretty swish, huh? Marie Antoinette’s private chambers opened to the public on June 20 and you can find out more about visiting on the Palace of Versailles official website. Then take a look at our guide to the best tours of the Palace, from helicopter rides and Segways to trips around its gardens and fountains.

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