Handsome Hans Axel von Fersen, Marie Antoinette's court favorite. Rischgitz/Getty Images-Marie Antoinette met the Swedish soldier Hans Axel von Fersen in January 1774 at a ball in Paris. At the time, she was still the dauphine (not yet the queen), and Fersen's military career had just begun. Marie Antoinette was instantly attracted to Fersen -- like many women before her and many women after her.
Lt. General Count Hans Axel von Fersen was a Swedish Count, diplomat and statesman. He is famous in history as the alleged lover of Queen Ma Antoinette of France. The Queen had 1st met Fersen when they both were age 18 & was especially attracted by his grace & wit. When Sweden's Gustav III's war with Russia broke out, in 1788, Fersen accompanied his king as an adjutant to Finland, but in the autumn of the same year returned to France, where the political horizon was already darkening.