"She began with nothing but her character, her good nature, her religious faith, and her sense of the sacred nature of her imperial inheritance. She believed in the pledged word, in treaties, in loyalty, in goodness. She trusted God. Her very gaiety and lightness of heart came from this trust. She had nobody but God to fear, and God she strove to obey. She did not take herself very seriously: then and for a long time afterwards she was the despair of those who demanded pomp and circumstance. Throughout her her, she liked to disconcert the disapproving and delight her friends with a sudden, slyly cheerful remark in deprecation of her exalted self. Her duty, on the other hand, she took very seriously indeed."
Red velvet suit, French, 1778. The silver buttons on the waistcoat are ornamental. You can see this clearly in the bottom picture—the functional buttons are the smaller red ones. In the collection of the Kent State University Museum