A Frenchwoman on the throne of Baden?
The wedding of Stéphanie de Beauharnais was the consequence of French emperor Napoleon's dynastic policy of alliances. He adopted the young relative of his wife Joséphine and raised her to imperial majesty. Accordingly, Stéphanie became a suitable bride for the crown prince Carl von Baden. His reigning grandfather, the Margrave of Baden, offered Napoleon an enlargement of his territory and elevation to the rank of grand duke. Such a bride could not possibly be declined!