In 1768, Louis XV dispatched a tutor to Austria to instruct his grandson's future wife. The tutor found Marie Antoinette "more intelligent than has been generally supposed," but added that since "she is rather lazy and extremely frivolous, she is hard to teach." Marie Antoinette was a child of only 14 years, delicately beautiful, with gray-blue eyes and ash-blonde hair. In May 1770, she set out for France to be married, escorted by 57 carriages, 117 footmen and 376 horses.
Antoinette and Louis-Auguste were married on May 16, 1770. The young
woman did not adjust well, however, to a married life for which she was
obviously not ready, and her frequent letters home revealed intense
homesickness. "Madame, my very dear mother," she wrote in one letter, "I
have not received one of your dear letters without having the tears
come to my eyes." She also bristled at some of the rituals she was
expected to perform as a lady of the French royal family. "I put on my
rouge and wash my hands in front of the whole world," she complained,
referring to a ritual in which she was required to put on her makeup in
front of dozens of courtiers.