When a Queen turns 21, you have to do things big! Of course a party would be planned for her birthday, but what could be done to make the event even bigger?
How about starting the party before her birthday even arrived??! 36 hours before Marie Antoinette turned 21 the Faro tables opened!
Let the party begin!
It began at Fontainebleau, with a room full of Parisian bankers. They ran the Faro tables for the court to enjoy. Tons of money circulated through the night in an all-out continuous party. Yes, 36 hours straight! There were drinks and excitement to carry those who became tired throughout.
What everyone may not have been thinking about was going to church the next morning. When the Mass of All Saints was held for the court it was a disaster! Those who made it, and you really should have made it.... were pale as ghosts, dark circles under the eyes and most were hunched over from exhaustion. It was quite the scandal and everyone was talking about it!
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