At first the intentions of Charles Louis Napoleon (shortly to be crowned Noapoleon III) might have been less than honorable, but Eugenia, granddaughter of an American Consul, insisted that he think of her as a possible consort and not as another courtesan. Five weeks after the proclamation of the second French empire, Napoleon III proposed to Eugenia de Montijo in December of 1852, and she readily accepted becoming Empress Eugenie of France.
It looks like the idle aristocrat has gone out of style! Take Eugenia Martinez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Montoro, for instance. She was the only daughter of the late Doña Cayetana (María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva), the very popular 18th Duchess of Alba who owned palaces and landed estates galore. But if Eugenia is in the news these days it’s because of “La XIII”, her Spring-Summer Jewelry Collection for Tous, a sprawling Spanish jewelry and fashion firm