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

The Most Awkward Royal Blind Date Ever

Painting of Olga in her late teens, wearing a blue silk dress. Her brown hair is curled in bunches of ringlets at her ears.
Painting of Olga in her late teens, wearing a blue silk dress. Her brown hair is curled in bunches of ringlets at her ears.
Olga painted by Christina Robertson in 1841. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

A Dance with Destiny

Max did his part by developing an instant obsession with Olga.

Prince Max painted as a young man. He has long sideburns and a small mustache. He’s wearing a blue cape over a green uniform.
Prince Max painted as a young man. He has long sideburns and a small mustache. He’s wearing a blue cape over a green uniform.
Max painted in the style of Joseph Karl Stieler, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

She didn’t understand that Max was trying to fill her in on everything she’d need to know as the future Queen of Bavaria.

Run for Your Life

Elise painted in a gold dress with a red fur-trimmed cloak. Her brown hair is curled and gathered over her ears.
Elise painted in a gold dress with a red fur-trimmed cloak. Her brown hair is curled and gathered over her ears.
Elisabeth Ludovika (“Elise”) painted by Joseph Karl Stieler, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hard Sell

King Ludwig painted in a blue military uniform. He has short blonde/brown hair that’s a little unkempt.
King Ludwig painted in a blue military uniform. He has short blonde/brown hair that’s a little unkempt.
King Ludwig I of Bavaria, painted in the style of Joseph Karl Stieler. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

She also had the crazy idea that, if she couldn’t have Max, she wanted him to have the object of his desire — Olga.

Theodolinde painted wearing a white dress, fur cloak, and triple strand of pearls. She has curly, light brown hair.
Theodolinde painted wearing a white dress, fur cloak, and triple strand of pearls. She has curly, light brown hair.
Théodolinde painted by Friedrich Dürck (1836), public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

A Test of Strength

The “Nightmare” Ends

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