Anyone not interested in European royalty might not appreciate the horror, shame (and hilarity) of a story I noticed in the local newspaper. First a bit of background, for those not enamored with this foolish anachronism.
The king of Sweden married a German commoner (both words causing shock in Sweden), after meeting her at the 1972 Olympic Games. Many Germans rejoiced, having felt slighted and slightly inferior to countries with a crowned head to fawn over, since losing their last emperor early in the 20th century (seems he started a war with his cousin). Over the years, Queen Silvia has become more popular than the king and most Swedes have forgotten or forgive her origins. She and her family feature heavily in gossip pages and magazines in Germany. I recall one headline of the leading boulevard title during a slow news cycle that read “Sivlia’s Baby Kidnapped”. She had not had any children at the time; anyone falling for the headline and reading the article learned that there was speculation that her child might be a kidnapping target.
Back to the point: It seems that the “royal” couple was refused a table at a restaurant near the queen’s hometown in Germany, after showing up without a reservation. It would be like Michelle Obama being turned away from a Chicago restaurant.
Such treatment has shocked anyone interested in such triviality. Supposedly, the place was packed due a wedding. The guilty girl that did the deed claimed that she did not recognize them. “I don’t have time to read such trash,” she said, when someone pointed out the queen’s frequent presence in gossip media. The owners feel shamed and plan to write a letter. They are surely upset at not getting a photograph to hang in a prominent position in the restaurant of the royal couple enjoying a meal at their place.
It seems that these two like to show up unannounced at restaurants. It might work in Sweden, where the guy should be recognized, but some places accept and honor reservations. They pulled this trick recently at a French restaurant that I visited (a place commonly booked weeks in advance). The waiter told me that these two had showed up unannounced and had to be served in the kitchen at the staff table. Noblesse oblige.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.