Jenni Wiltz
I write about fascinating royal women, their jewels, and quirky aspects of royal history no one else talks about. Find me at https://girlinthetiara.com.

Meet the last — and probably greatest — love of Talleyrand’s life

Dorothea, Duchesse de Dino wearing a fur shawl and a row of diamonds in her brown curly hair.
Dorothea, Duchesse de Dino wearing a fur shawl and a row of diamonds in her brown curly hair.
Dorothea by Catherine-Caroline Thévenin, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


A missing painting, a refugee princess, and a boy from Oklahoma — all the ingredients for a wartime love story

Four Monuments Men on the steps of a palace. Three are holding recovered artwork.
Four Monuments Men on the steps of a palace. Three are holding recovered artwork.
Four of the “Monuments Men” in 1945. Image by BM, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


What happens when a conqueror’s granddaughter falls for the heir to the kingdom her family stole?

Ernst August in a dark suit and Viktoria Luise in a white blouse with layered cravat.
Ernst August in a dark suit and Viktoria Luise in a white blouse with layered cravat.
Prince Ernst August and Princess Viktoria Luise. Photo by T. H. Voigt, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


How to win friends, influence empires, and prevent cavities

Empress Eugenie in her palace of St. Cloud, wearing a crinoline gown and a white veil.
Empress Eugenie in her palace of St. Cloud, wearing a crinoline gown and a white veil.
Eugénie photographed by Gustave Le Gray, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


Deception is your friend when the world’s most notorious prisoner interrupts your travel plans

Louisa Adams in a red empire-waist gown with a black cap over her brown curls.
Louisa Adams in a red empire-waist gown with a black cap over her brown curls.
Louisa Adams painted by Charles Robert Leslie, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


History

Come for the protocol, stay for the accusation of pimping and prostitution

Louisa Adams in a muslin dress with a blue sash. Her ash-blonde hair is thick and curly.
Louisa Adams in a muslin dress with a blue sash. Her ash-blonde hair is thick and curly.
Louisa painted by Edward Savage, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


History

Her marriage ended with a scandal so embarrassing Queen Victoria had to do damage control. It also left her free to become a model for today’s working royals

Marie Louise in a white day dress. Her thick dark-blonde hair is in a chignon, and she’s wearing a dog collar pearl choker.
Marie Louise in a white day dress. Her thick dark-blonde hair is in a chignon, and she’s wearing a dog collar pearl choker.
Marie Louise photographed by Lafayette, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

“Children very well, but poor little Louise very ugly.” ¹


Find out how much it cost Hollywood to blur the line between fiction and reality

Princess Irina Alexandrovna in profile, wearing a white day dress with a long pearl necklace.
Princess Irina Alexandrovna in profile, wearing a white day dress with a long pearl necklace.
Irina Alexandrovna photographed by Boasson & Eggler, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Lights, Camera, Action


History, Feminism

Was Louise of Belgium a victim, as she claimed, or her own worst enemy?

Louise in profile wearing a black ball gown and corsage. Her thick blonde hair is in a chignon.
Louise in profile wearing a black ball gown and corsage. Her thick blonde hair is in a chignon.
Princess Louise of Belgium. Image from the Library of Congress Bain Collection via Wikimedia Commons.


Painting of Olga with a backdrop of Prince Max’s Hohenschwangau Castle.
Painting of Olga with a backdrop of Prince Max’s Hohenschwangau Castle.

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