Grand Duke Embarrassed by Palatial Hijinks
Krankenstadt, The Grand Duchy of Stollen
Yesterday evening, a large state function, given by Grand Duchess Frederikka von Schwerin und Hoch, was held at the
Led by the gallant Oberfeldwebel Klatschen, a company of the Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja’s Own) Grenadiers was in attendance outside the palace, standing guard and assisting guests as they arrived and debarked from their carriages to enter the palace. As guests entered the palace, they enjoyed music provided by a local chamber ensemble, playing favorites by the usual Baroque and Rococo composers that we have come to know and love here in The Grand Duchy.
Inside, the main hall where the ball took place was decorated with bunting in the traditional Stollenian colors of light blue and orange, while large crystal chandeliers illuminated the main floor where over 80 couples danced endless rounds of the Minuet at the height of the evening. The dinner, scheduled for 22:15, was of several courses, including a main dish of roasted boar's heads and a dessert of Trifle without the cake -- in other words, limp fruit soaked in Cointreau.
Unfortunately, the evening was marred by a slight miscalculation in attire. The Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II was announced to guests at exactly 22:00. However, it seems he was misinformed as to the precise nature of the evening. Thinking that the event was a costume ball, Irwin-Amadeus II turned up wearing a lobster costume instead of the usual version of state attire that one expects at such a function. It goes without saying that hilarity ensued at the Grand Duke's expense, and Irwin-Amadeus II withdrew hastily, bowing to guests and offering, "I thought it was a costume ball. I thought it was a costume ball," as he backed his way quickly out of the room.
This morning, speculation is rife across the Grand Duchy of Stollen as advisors around the capital try to determine precisely who the practical joker was behind the millinary misinformation fed to Irwin-Amadeus II, regarding his choice of dress. Opinions vary, but it is widely thought that perhaps the enigmatic Grand Duchess Frederikka von
For his part, Irwin-Amadeus II has remained in his chambers since last evening, admitting only his personal assistant Johannes P. Flickenhoffer with a tray of tonic and smelling salts earlier today at approximatly 8:45. As more news becomes available, concerning this latest social blunder by a member of the Stollenian court, we will bring it to you right here.
-- Katrina-Bettina von Heffelfinger