On 29 April 2014 Sofía, Princess of Greece and Denmark, Queen of Spain, visited Exeter College Oxford. She has been an Honorary Fellow of the College since 1989 in recognition of her work on behalf of contemporary literature and art in Spain. Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, Emeritus Fellow of the College, was allowed to present the Marrying Cultures project to the Queen.
Jill Bepler and Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly both spoke at the A Queen Emerges: Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden and Baroque Court Culture around the Baltic conference held in Stockholm from 1-4 October 2013. Bepler gave a keynote lecture entitled Dynasty Matters: Hedwig Eleonora from a German Perspective and Watanabe-O’Kelly gave a paper entitled Hedwig Eleonora in Print - from ‘Citronat’ to ‘Wundermatter’.
Welcome to the new website for Marrying Cultures - an international research project examining historical case studies of European kings and princes marrying brides from another country and the cultural impact of the foreign consort on their new royal court. Different languages, religions and cultural traditions can collide in these unions, and the new princess or queen may either have to conform to the existing culture of her new husband’s court or exert her own influence on her new home.