My husband was the history major while I majored in photography so I knew nothing about this person she spoke of. I thanked her for saying such sweet things about my daughter and assured her I'd Google this princess when I got home to take a look and when we got home Owen went to school and I put River down for her nap, I did just that.
I've heard all kids of things from people when they see River. I've been told she looks like a young Reese Witherspoon when I put her hair in braids.
Someone once told me she looked like a young Madonna. I didn't get it and I don't see it but I'll take it. I tell her everyday she's a rockstar so it seemed to fit.
I usually smile and don't put much thought into it but when someone tells you your kid looks like a princess, I think it's only natural to want to see what that princess looks like and for once, I can kinda see what the lady was talking about.
Since I could see the resemblance I decided to do some research and find out something about her. She was born in 1651 and was the favorite child of her father, Philip IV of Spain. This is a coincidence because River is definitely one of my favorite kids! She had four kids and many miscarriages and died at the age of 21 and is buried in Vienna. Not too uncommon in the 1600s to die at such a young age.
This is the most famous painting of her by Diego Velázquez. It's called the Las Meninas or in English: The Maids of Honour. It's in the Prado Museum in Madrid so chances of me ever seeing it are slim, but it's a nice baroque painting. Doing all this research on an artist makes me miss my days of art history.
There are a lot worse things than having a stranger tell you that your daughter looks like a princess. She certainly thinks she is one so this almost feels like a full circle moment.
Princess River. I have a feeling that this won't be the last time this comes up.