Favourite Celebrity Meme: [1/4] Favourite Photos Over All → Wedding to Prince Willem-Alexander, 2002
I AM SO ASHAMED TO ADMIT THIS BUT I STILL HAVEN’T ACTUALLY READ ANY OF THE BOOKS SHE MENTIONED
(but when i do you can bet i will take it with me anywhere and tell everyone i know that the crown princess personally recommended this book to me)
(IT’S KIND OF A LONG STORY. not really, but i just can’t explain anything without telling all the details.)
in march during lunchbreak at school i decided to check twitter (and i check twitter like once every month so this was pure luck) and mette-marit retweeted a tweet from @nrkbok where they said that we should ask them questions that they should ask her about books.
so i wrote a tweet saying that they should ask her what books she recommended for teenagers who were interested in starting to read adult literature (tbh i only asked that because i know she’s really interested in youth), and then they tweeted that at her, and she replied, and i was mentioned in the tweet, and she also wrote one more tweet after that because she remembered one more book or s/t
i know it’s not like we’re bffs and i know she’ll never think about me again but it did make my
The Last Empress of France was born into a Spanish noble family on 5 May 1826. Eugénie was formally educated mostly in Paris. A school report praised her strong liking for athletic exercise, and although an indifferent student, that her character was “good, generous, active and firm.” A short, disastrous stay, in 1837, in a boarding school near Bristol, England, where she was known as “Carrots”, for her auburn hair, and from which she tried to run away, to India, completed Eugénie’s formal schooling. However, most of her education took place at home, under the tutelage of English governesses.
In 1849, Eugénie first met Prince Louis Napoléon after he had become president of the Second Republic, with her mother. The couple wed, on 29 January 1853, in a civil ceremony at the Tuileries, and on the 30th there was a much grander religious ceremony at Notre Dame. Eugénie found childbearing extraordinarily difficult. An initial miscarriage in 1853, after a three month pregnancy, frightened and soured her. On 16 March 1856, after a two-day labor that endangered mother and child and from which Eugénie made a very slow recovery, the empress gave birth to an only son, Napoléon Eugène Louis Jean Joseph Bonaparte, styled Prince Impérial, who was tragically killed in the Anglo-Zuzu War.
Her husband often consulted her on important questions, and she acted as Regent during his absences in 1859, 1865 and 1870. A Catholic and a conservative, her influence countered any liberal tendencies in the emperor’s policies. When the Second French Empire was overthrown after France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), the empress and her husband took refuge in England, and settled at Chislehurst, Kent. After the deaths of her husband and son, as her health started to deteriorate, she spent some time at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The former empress died in July 1920, aged 94, during a visit to her relative the Duke of Alba, at the Liria Palace in Madrid in her native Spain.