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German eatery refused King and Silvia

The Local/AFP · 21 Aug 2011, 13:59

Published: 21 Aug 2011 13:59 GMT+02:00

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A red-faced restaurant owner in southern Germany admitted Sunday she had turned away Sweden's king and queen when they asked for a table after failing to recognise them.

Nadine Schellenberger of Zum Gueldenen Stern, a half-timbered inn and pub founded in the 16th century in the centre of the southwestern town of Ladenburg, said the royals stopped in while she was hosting a wedding party.

"I didn't recognise them. I mean without crowns and sceptres... I am just not up on royal families and I don't have time for glossy magazines," she told AFP after the incident Thursday.

"Whether you're a street sweeper or queen - we just didn't have a table or enough manpower in the kitchen at that time and our hands were tied."

Nevertheless Schellenberger and her husband Michael plan to send a letter to King Carl XVI Gustaf and German-born Queen Silvia to apologise.

"We want to tell them that we are sorry we didn't recognise them immediately and that we weren't able to serve them but that we would be delighted to welcome them another time," she said.

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Press reports said the royal couple and their entourage managed to snag a pizza in the market square instead.

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15:16 August 21, 2011 by Tysknaden
At least they should have to offer 20 virgins to Carl XVI Gustaf. For reparation of his royal honor and as a fine for not giving him royal treatment.
15:53 August 21, 2011 by skumdum
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
16:15 August 21, 2011 by @chipelago
Must have been bad kick for them royal EGO.
16:21 August 21, 2011 by jacquelinee
This one is definately for Sweden. I think is is hugely admirable that the king and queen of Sweden would just step out and go to a restaurant like any other person. I am sure they handled the refusal with great dignity too. Opting for a pizza at the market is way cool! Most royals would have their entourage call in advance and have the whole place vacated so they really would have the "Royal" treatment. I bet the restaurant owner felt like the biggest idiot on the planet. The king and queen deserve a great amount credit for being just another man and his wife out for dinner. They have my respect for sure.
16:23 August 21, 2011 by Svensksmith
Off with her head!
16:29 August 21, 2011 by McChatter
They should have gone to Hotel Zum Kronprinzen in Weyher in der Pfalz instead.
16:33 August 21, 2011 by eddie123
@skumdum: what's racist about this story? didn't you read the explanation? they were hosting a wedding party and could not attend to other customers irrespective of who they were. on the flip side, this story shows that the Swedish monarch has class and the panache of regular folks. it was nice of them to have moved on to a pizza joint for their meal. being a monarch is good but it is even better being an ordinary citizen for a day.
16:39 August 21, 2011 by Streja
It's a bit funny that The Local have used the traditional way in Sweden to refer to them as kungen och Silvia.
16:57 August 21, 2011 by lovedealer76
Though i don't fancy all these royalty bull but i do appreciate them trying to be/look like an ordinary person on the street cause this will never have with Queen Elizabeth of england,i can bet on that
17:41 August 21, 2011 by Lee_kina
i think if i am the owner of the restaurant, i would do the same thing...cause it is actually that i can't serve more people if there is no free space.
17:51 August 21, 2011 by StockholmSam
I admire that the King and Queen were so low-profile in their pursuit of dinner and that they just grabbed a pizza in the market. As others said, props to them for not acting all high-and-mighty.

On the other hand, I don't think the restaurant owner should take time out of her busy day to write a letter of apology to the royals for not recognizing them and accommodating them as befits royalty. The royals already get enough special treatment, they don't need more. The restaurant owner should just say, "sorry, we had no room. No offense meant" and leave it at that.
17:51 August 21, 2011 by Frobobbles
This story has made me a republican.
18:42 August 21, 2011 by wakak
2 questions :

1) Cannot the king (or his secretary) use his phone to book a table? Like anybody would do?

2) Why should all restaurant owners of GERMANY know how the king of SWEDEN look like? Sorry for the Swedish readers but outside Sweden, nobody knows the king of Sweden (well, perhaps Danes and Norwegians do, but that's it).
19:15 August 21, 2011 by Larry Thrash
Would she have made room for the great lord comrade chairman Barack Obama?
19:17 August 21, 2011 by Streja
wakak, well first of all because the queen is half German, is probably even more popular in Germany than Sweden, if that is possible, and most people in Germany actually know who they are....AND this was reported in the German tabloids not Swedish ones, where their was great shock as the restaurant owner did not know who they were.

The king and queen thought nothing of it and just had a pizza.
19:36 August 21, 2011 by foxpur
I am in Sweden, and I agree with wakak (post 13)
20:01 August 21, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
That proves they were not world war two allies!
20:20 August 21, 2011 by wxman
@ eddie123, skumdum was engaging in sarcasm, be alert.

@ lovedealer76, Queen Elizabeth just recently was seen boarding an Underground, that seems pretty ordinary person to me.

The Swedush king and queen seem like nice folks, but they are just a rich couple, not special people.

BTW, I'm a 3rd generation Swedish-American and no royalist, so I don't really have a dog in this fight. Just observing.
21:20 August 21, 2011 by ollibolli
Well, I think it's important to point out that the king and queen probably didn't care that much. They chose a restaurant, asked if they could eat there and were told that the place was booked for a wedding. Then they left.

It's not like the king and queen themselfes went to newspapers and complained. To them, this probably isn't even noteworthy. But I guess the media loves these kind of stories. And people love to complain so everyone is happy =D.
21:21 August 21, 2011 by jack sprat
@Gamla....or have very short memories or else consider you as totally insignificant...lol.
21:51 August 21, 2011 by prince T
The king supposed to have procols doing this for them. Imagine even Prince William veing turned away from a restaurant. Many heads will roll for it. We should respect the monarch bc dey represent us.

I dont think the retaurant owner is destined for sucess. The royal visit could have been a PR for busnezz.
21:59 August 21, 2011 by johan rebel
So which "us" does this monarch represent? Not me, that's for sure (and if he tried to, i'd tell him to cut it out).
22:26 August 21, 2011 by lovedealer76

let me inform you that i was in england when the BBC went to video queen elizabeth at the london underground tube boarding the train alone,if the BBC was aware then definately security gaurd were off the camera,which let me to believe it was just a publicity stunt nothing more...
23:09 August 21, 2011 by Boyfriend
This is called a "real King" who is among the people and if there is no seat available at the restaurant then they simply take a pizza and walk away.

I admire the Sweden King and his family.
23:20 August 21, 2011 by dizzy09
This is a serious act of aggression...the Swedish Government must declare war on Germany.
00:39 August 22, 2011 by Tysknaden
As a German immigrant I would love to join the swedish forces! The only positive things I remember from Germany are my two cats and the big television set.
02:22 August 22, 2011 by Da Goat
Yes they should have let them in to the wedding and announced "and tonight we have the king and queen of Sweden as our special guests" imagine that having the royal couple crash your wedding.... priceless!

bet they are kicking themselves that they turned them away.
04:43 August 22, 2011 by izbz
If I am the restuarant owner, I would have still turn them away even if I recognise them, since there was no table available.

what should the owner do ? Ask her other guest to leave to make room for the royal hind ass
07:18 August 22, 2011 by prince T
They use our tax money to maintain them. They represent us and any insult to them is an insult on us. Even if you are from US. They will never treat Obama dat way no matter how much u hate him.
09:01 August 22, 2011 by BlackTopMiniCooper
...were scraps from the kitchen an option?
12:26 August 22, 2011 by AHA
The owner did what she thought was right and the royal family accepted that. That´s true democracy. What´s all the fuss about?
14:51 August 22, 2011 by amitchip
If this had happened in an Indian town (not in a city) the wedding host may have invited the king and his entire entourage to have the wedding feast with them.
14:58 August 22, 2011 by Hagrid
This never could have happened with the British royalty.
15:12 August 22, 2011 by Little Moo
It is true! I was there! I even posted photos on my blog!


Of course, images are digitally modified! :)
15:18 August 22, 2011 by Lemon1987
@On Target

Good point , great questions .
17:46 August 22, 2011 by prince T
Answer to Target. They are President of Sweden.
18:00 August 22, 2011 by johnoleson
If this were happen to the British royalty it would mean "war"
19:41 August 22, 2011 by izbz

I too am from Asia you know, Most people in Asia would do like you say.....so that most probably they would have a picture taken with the king and his entourage, And they can show the whole world in face book....See, see even the king come to my wedding!!!! they can brag over that the rest of their lives and their great, great grandchildren can continue bragging after they kick the bucket.

I have own a restuarant before..... if the place is book for the night...I as the owner have no right to let the king or the whoever high ass in unless the host invite them. SORRY no table available....would appreciate if you come again next time
02:38 August 23, 2011 by PonceDeLeon
WHAT? No drive thru??
02:58 August 23, 2011 by orlandoswede
Any restaurant owner in the world, would made a table available for them!!!! They are a great couple, didn't make any fuzz, but went and got a pizza instead. Up the Royals of Sweden.
17:55 August 24, 2011 by NachoMan
The restaurant has standards to uphold. They can't be serving just any fools who stumble in.
20:17 August 24, 2011 by Imperor
Would you stop counting anything as profanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22:35 August 25, 2011 by Commoner
Wht were they doing in Germany? Hope they didn't went there coz booze is cheaper down there :)
14:27 October 16, 2012 by Helge Krupski
Open Information for prosecutors and police in Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski

Open letter to The Royal Court of Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski
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