As long as I live, I shall do all that is possible to carry out my duties and restore peace and happiness to my people. If God disposes of me, the Queen my very worthy and honored companion, will become Regent with full rights. Her good judgement, her good heart and her virtues are guarantees to me of the wisdom of her administration; her fondness for my son will redouble her natural attitude and zeal.
—Louis XVI in 1791
On August 20th, 1791, the comte de Provence and comte d’Artois issued a Memoir to Emperor Leopold II which proposed that the comte de Provence be declared Regent of France. Louis XVI, who wrote to the Baron de Breteuil after hearing of the Memoir, resented his brothers behaving as if ‘the throne was vacant’ and declared that he willed for Marie Antoinette as Regent for their son, Louis Charles, upon his death.