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1. What was Maria Teresa's royal title at the time of Marie Antoinette's birth?

When Marie Antoinette was born, with the name "Antoine", her mother, Maria Teresa was the queen of Hungary by title and the Empress of the Holy Roman Empire through marriage. She was an extremely powerful political figure, determined to create further European allies through the marriage of her children, including the newborn, Antoine.

2. Who acted as Marie Antoinette's "foster family" during her childhood?

Because her parents were such busy and important political figures, they did not have much time to raise their own children and relied on the high court to do so. Immediately after birth, Antoine was sent to live with a wet nurse, Constance Weber and her family. Through living with this foster family, Antoine became extremely close to her foster brother, Joseph, much closer than she was to her actual birth brother of the same name.

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