The Duke of Gramont’s charming grace

May 5, 2011

When the duke of Gramont, as French ambassador to the Court of Spain, received on his sovereign’s behalf the Infanta who would become Queen of France, he made this salutation: “Your Majesty, my lord the King wishes you peace. And to thee, Your Highness, he delivers both his heart and crown.”

Adolfo Padovan, Il libro degli aneddoti (Milan: Bottega di Poesia, 1924), p. 142. ( translation.)


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