“Let Them Eat Cake”

Lucy explores the famous myth that Marie Antoinette uttered the phrase “Let them eat cake." As an Austrian royal in the French court she was notorious for her profligacy and her love of fine clothes and parties. And this was partly why she was blamed for being a cause of the French revolution. But just how fair is this?

Sunday, June 21 at 8PM

Lucy Worsley travels across Britain and Europe visiting the incredible locations where Royal history was made. In beautiful palaces and castles and on dramatic battlefields she investigates how Royal history is a mixture of facts, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology.

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The Favorite

Lucy takes us to Hampton Court Palace in England where Queen Anne lived.

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Queen Elizabeth I's Speech at Tilbury

Lucy takes us to Tilbury where Queen Elizabeth delivered her most famous speech to troops.

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"Do Not Make Me Suffer"

After a show trial, Queen Marie Antoinette was executed.

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Escape from Paris

During the revolution the royal family make a desperate attempt to flee Paris.

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Marie Antoinette: The Doomed Queen

Uncover the myths and secrets that led the doomed Marie Antoinette to the guillotine.

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Queen Anne: The Mother of Great Britain

See how Anne’s role in forging Great Britain was overshadowed by gossip of her love life.

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Elizabeth I: The Warrior Queen

Explore how Elizabeth I’s iconic warrior image shaped British national identity.