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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bouquet de Marie Christine c1885

Bouquet de Marie Christine: created around 1885. Composed for the Maria Cristina, of Austria, then crowned the Queen of Spain alongside her husband Alfonso, successor to Napoleon III. Guerlain had often created perfumes for various heads of state and crowned heads of Europe, and to continue this tradition for Maria Cristina was just the right thing for the perfumer to do.

Maria Christina of Austria (Maria Christina Désirée Henriette Felicitas Rainiera; 21 July 1858 – 6 February 1929) was Queen consort of Spain as the second wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain
Known to her family as Christa, she was born at Židlochovice Castle (Groß Seelowitz), near Brno, in Moravia, a daughter of Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria. Various sources attributed good traits to Maria Christina before her marriage. One states she was "tall, fair, sensible, and well educated". She was regent of Spain during the minority of her son Alfonso XIII and the vacancy of the throne between her husband's death and her son's birth.

When the King died, Maria Christina was pregnant, so the throne was vacant, depending on whether Maria Christina's unborn child was a male or a female; a male would make that child king, while a female would place her elder daughter, Infanta María Mercedes, on the throne. During this period, Maria Christina ruled as regent until her child, a son, was born, who was Alfonso XIII of Spain from birth. Maria Christina continued as regent until Alfonso XIII attained his majority in 1902. Her chief advisor was Práxedes Mateo Sagasta. Her rule is described as well balanced and in accordance with respect for the constitutional rights, and many political reforms were instated during her regency to prevent political conflicts and chaos. Her role was mostly ceremonial, and her purpose was to preserve the crown for her son until he became an adult. After her son's marriage in 1906, she lost her position as first lady at court and became Queen dowager and Queen Mother. She died in 1929 at the Royal Palace in Madrid and is buried at El Escorial.

So what does it smell like? I don't know the notes of this particular perfume, but I imagine it was probably based on flowers found in Spain.

Presented in the Carre flacon.

Discontinued, date unknown.

La Ilustración española y americana - Part 2 - Page 374, 1885:
"Para las jovencitas, Guerlain ha compuesto un perfume sencillo como la juventud fresco y atractivo como la primavera Es el bouquet María Cristina el cual se ha servido apadrinar SM la Reina de España Así pues las jóvenes de las familias han respondido al oportuno pensamiento de Guerlain adoptando y patrocinando el perfume María Cristina de casa de Guerlain 15 rue de la Paix en París."

"For girls, Guerlain has composed a simple perfume, as fresh and engaging youth as a spring bouquet, is Maria Cristina which has served to sponsor HM Queen of Spain. So young families have timely responded to thinking to adopt Guerlain, and Maria Cristina sponsoring the perfume house Guerlain 15 rue de la Paix in Paris."

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