Queen Maria Pia
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A large French inspired room featuring a king sized bed with upholstered headboard nestled under a crown canopy of blue cameo jacquard and white lace. The mansard roof lines accent a period armoire and sitting area complete with table and chairs, comfortable chaise lounge and winged-back reading chair, all enfolded in beautiful blue and white toile wallpaper and illuminated by a sparkling chandelier. The bath is outfitted with a large walk-in shower enclosure.
A full cooked to order breakfast is always included!
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History of Queen Maria Pia of Portugal and the Batchellers
In 1891, after two frustrating years as Acting Secretary of the Treasury, Batcheller was appointed Ambassador to Portugal. Kate was in her early twenties and Catharine was at her social prime. Knowing she needed to meet the queen, Catharine had a gown made in Paris. It is reported that, at the time, the gown cost between four and six thousand dollars (over $300,000 in today’s dollars). It appears that the Batchellers and the royal family became close associates.
One of Mr. Batcheller’s responsibilities was to dance with the queen at a ball. He was so proud of the fact that he did not step on her toes or embarrass his country that he wrote a poem (the Yankee and the Queen) that Kate recorded in her diary.
On the way home from one visit to the royal palace, the axle on the Batcheller women’s carriage broke. Kate’s injuries were relatively minor; however, her mother was in critical condition. Months later the Batcheller women returned to the United States and George served his last year in Portugal alone.
The Batchellers were also close to King Carlos I and Queen Amelia. King Carlos I was the son of King Luís and Queen Maria Pia, and succeded his father King Luis in 1889. He was the first Portuguese king to die a violent death since Sebastian of Portugal (1578). This occurred in 1908, when Carlos was murdered in Lisbon as he travelled in an open carriage with the royal family.
In 1897, the queen’s brother, King Umberto of Italy, awarded Batcheller the national medal for resolving the international postage issues.
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from left to right : King Umberto of Italy, Prince of Napoli Vittorio Emanuele, Maria Pia Queen of Portugal and sister of Umberto, the Duke of Porto Don Alfonso, Queen Margherita of Italy and the Crown Prince of Portugal Don Carlos.