Kings must stand their ground during revolutions

September 13, 2012

Portrait of Queen Isabella II of Spain and her daughter Isabella. Painting by Franz Xavier Winterhalter.

In 1854, following a suggestion she had received, Queen Isabel II made plans to abandon her palace in Madrid and move with the garrison to Aranjuez.

Everything was ready and her carriage was at the door when the Marquis of Turgot, ambassador of France, presented himself. Being more experienced with revolutions, he addressed the queen, saying: “The kings who abandon their palace during a revolution never return to it.”


Vicente Vega, Diccionario Ilustrado de Anécdotas (Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1965), p. 2817. ( translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 212



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