Once upon a time, when Queen Christina (1626-1689) was the last Catholic Monarch of Sweden, a little girl named Berta, was excited because it had been announced that Her Majesty would come by & visit her family. During the time all this was happening, there was much confusion for Sweden’s Catholic minority. They had to hide from the rest of the country & had Mass secretly in barns, or in taverns, or in kitchens–any place that they could come together & keep their practises secret from the Lutherans. Sometimes they had Masses in brothels. For some reason, they ended up with more converts that way.
As it turned out, Queen Christina had forgotten to bring any tiara or crown. Berta & the whole village of Marsta (near the ancient Ecclesiastical centre of Uppsala) were very excited to host a visit from the Queen. But they were also sad because word had got out that the Queen, who was just as excited to see them, had, in her haste, left her crown back in Stockholm. Little Berta, only 12 years old, was an expert in creating wonderful baked goods for all sorts of special occasions. There was hardly a Baptism, First Communion, or Wedding, in her community that was not graced by one of her miraculous baked items. Little Berta (as did most of her peers) kept her Catholic religious ways a secret, but they had developed a way of speaking Latin backwards that made the Lutherans think that they were speaking in tongues. This was how they avoided persecution & kept in touch with each other. They would attend Lutheran Church, but had to do time & a half to secretly go to their own Church. It got to the point that some of the Lutheran parsons were secretly Catholic priests, and got married just to pretend that they were Lutherans. This created a sort of under the counter-culture where no one really knew for sure what was going on. Well, as I was saying Little Berta decided to bake a very small cake in the shape of a crown that Queen Christina would be able to wear. The frosting needed to have a hard outer crust, but not so hard as to crack. Berta thought & thought, then experimented till she came up with a recipe that has been handed down for many generations (since Xmas 1660) and now is in the cookbooks curated by Princess Melita Bonaparte.
The cake crown was an instant success, making Queen Christina the first Monarch in historic times to wear such a contrivance. It is now very seldom worn, but considered a pastry & sold as such at bakeries across the world.
Queen Christina, though long gone, still influences the world in ways that go beyond anything that she could have imagined during her lifetime. Princess Melita Bonaparte prays that there will once again be a Catholic Queen in Scandinavia, and that she will wear this Princess Crown, still preserved in a hidden location, during her coronation ceremony.
You can get these wonderful Princess Cakes even today. They sell them at #MollyStone’sMarket, right here in San Francisco. Just, remember, they original was intended to be worn as a crown. So, if you feel daring enough to relive history, you are paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Christina of Sweden & her hopes of Eternal Salvation!
Even if you are not Catholic, you may touch the hem of Eternal Salvation & Swedish history by going to #MollieStone- a delightful store that sells Princess Cakes. Do be fearless in your newly found devotion to both Princess Melita Bonaparte & to the Memory of Queen Christina of Sweden! Be daring, wear your Princess Cake with pride, with authority. Your life will be forever changed by the experience!
You Tube of Greta Garbo in the Film Queen Christina
Published on 10 Oct 2012
– “What are you doing?”
– “I’ve been memorizing this room. In the future, in my memory, I shall live a great deal in this room.”
This story, as told to me by Her Imperial Highness, #TheMostBeautifulWomanintheWorld is (as they say in #Washington, D.C.) a true fact. Every word has been verified as true by the #BonaparteFamilyAssociation.