28 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 28, 2017

HER MAJESTY MARGRETHE II THE QUEEN OF DENMARK, HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK & HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MARIE OF DENMARK






HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS





HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS



27 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 27, 2017

HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS METTE-MARIT OF NORWAY



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS SOPHIE THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX



MRS AUTUMN PHILLIPS, MRS ZARA PHILLIPS TINDALL, MISS SAVANNAH PHILLIPS, MISS ISLA PHILLIPS & MISS MIA TINDALL



26 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 26, 2017

More fun at Gatcombe Park with...

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS ANNE THE PRINCESS ROYAL, MRS AUTUMN PHILLIPS, MRS ZARA PHILLIPS TINDALL, MISS SAVANNAH PHILLIPS, MISS ISLA PHILLIPS & MISS MIA TINDALL










25 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 24-25, 2017

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS ANNE THE PRINCESS ROYAL, MRS AUTUMN PHILLIPS, MISS SAVANNAH PHILLIPS, MISS ISLA PHILLIPS, MRS ZARA PHILLIPS TINDALL, MISS MIA TINDALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MARIA OLYMPIA OF GREECE



MLLE JAZMIN GRACE GRIMALDI



23 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 23, 2017

HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS INFANTA ELENA OF SPAIN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS LALLA MERYEM OF MORROCO



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS SOPHIE THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CATHERINE THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE



MLLE JAZMIN GRACE GRIMALDI




The Reverse Fairytale of Louise of Austria

In the days before TV talk show hosts scheduled daily DNA paternity tests, determining the parentage of a royal child was usually taken for granted: the child of a married woman was presumed to be the child of the woman's husband. Not so when Crown Princess Louise of Saxony gave birth to her seventh child in 1903.

A kind of personal war had erupted between the former Archduchess Louise of Austria, daughter of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and her German in-laws. They didn't care for her lax manners and she didn't like their overbearing attitudes. Although she regularly fulfilled her royal obligation of delivering heirs to the throne, rumors began to circulate that her behavior was looser than mere manners. Her name was linked to other men, including her children's French tutor, a man named Andre Giron. When her father-in-law King George threatened to send her to an asylum, Louise turned to Giron for help and it soon became clear that the rumors were well-founded. The pair escaped to Switzerland with the help of her self-exiled brother. However, Louise was carrying more than just her luggage when she arrived; she was also carrying her seventh child.

The king, per his royal prerogative declared her divorced from his son, Crown Prince Frederick Augustus. The divorce was already completed by the time Louise's daughter, Anna Monika Pia, was born. With all of the accusations, the royal family might have believed she was the daughter of almost anyone--so, they sent a doctor to determine whether the baby was a princess or not. Using his expert opinion, the doctor determined that she looked more German than French and the Saxon royal family demanded the baby's return. Louise refused, using the child to leverage better financial compensation. Even after she broke off the affair with Giron and married Italian musician Enrico Toselli.

Princess Anna Monika was not returned permanently to the Saxon court until she was nearly five years old.

Louise, who had a son by Toselli (whom she later divorced) lived a rather peripatetic life, bouncing from relative to relative and country to country. After the Saxon monarchy collapsed in World War I, she moved to Belgium and was there when the Germans overran the country in World War II. A modern days Eliza Doolittle, she was forced to piece together a living by selling flowers in Brussels. She died destitute there 70 years ago today on March 23, 1947 but her body was returned to Saxony to buried near some of her royal children.


For more about Louise:
Archduchess Louise of Austria, Crown Princess of Saxony on Maria's Royal Collection
Crown Prince of Saxony to Reconcile with His Wife on Royal Musings
Crown Princess Louise blog
Louise of Saxony in Geneva with Her Lover on Royal Musings
Secret Memoirs of Royal Saxony on The Esoterica Curiosa

For more about Anna Monica Pia:
The Princess Monica in The Sydney Morning Herald

22 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 22, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM




HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS MASAKO OF JAPAN & HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS AIKO THE PRINCESS TOSHI



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



SOPHIE LADY FREDERICK WINDSOR



21 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 21, 2017

THE FUNERAL OF PRINCE RICHARD OF SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN-BERLEBURG:
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Her Highness Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein, HH Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein, Countess Ingrid von Pfeuil und Klein-Ellguth, HRH Princess Marie of Denmark, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Fraulein Carina Axelsson, HH Princess Martha Louise of Norway, and HM Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes








HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER MAJESTY QUEEN SONJA OF NORWAY, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS METTE-MARIT & HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ASTRID





HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ANNE DE BOURBON



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS TANIA DE BOUBON-PARMA




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS CHANTAL OF FRANCE

19 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 19, 2017

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CHARLENE THE PRINCESS OF MONACO




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAROLINE THE PRINCESS OF HANOVER





HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ANNE OF BOURBON-TWO SILICIES




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA DUCHESS OF CASTRO




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ELEONORA OF YUGOSLAVIA





MME BEATRICE BORROMEO CASIRAGHI




MLLE CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI






18 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 18, 2017

HER MAJESTY MARGRETHE II THE QUEEN OF DENMARK


HER SERENE HIGHNESS CHARLENE THE PRINCESS OF MONACO & HER SERENE HIGHNESS PRINCESS GABRIELLA

16 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 16, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM




HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN




HER MAJESTY QUEEN MATHILDE OF THE BELGIANS




HER MAJESTY CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK




HER MAJESTY CROWN PRINCESS METTE-MARIT OF NORWAY




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS ANNE THE PRINCESS ROYAL




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF HANOVER




SOPHIE LADY FREDERICK WINDSOR



LADY GABRIELLA WINDSOR



15 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 14-15, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN



HER MAJESTY QUEEN EMERITA SOFIA OF SPAIN




HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS ANNE THE PRINCESS ROYAL & MRS ZARA TINDALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS TANIA OF BOURBON PARMA



LADY KITTY SPENCER

13 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 13, 2017

HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



HER MAJESTY SOFIA QUEEN EMERITA OF SPAIN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CAMILLA THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS (BEATRIZ) PRINCESS MICHEL OF ORLEANS


12 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 12, 2017

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS VICTORIA THE CROWN PRINCESS OF SWEDEN & HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ESTELLE 
SPECIAL BONUS PHOTOS OF PRINCE DANIEL & PRINCE OSCAR






11 March 2017

Royal Ladies of March 11, 2017

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS



HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS MASAKO OF JAPAN



HER ROYAL HIGHNESS ANNE THE PRINCESS ROYAL



MRS ZARA TINDALL