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Restaurant turns down Swedish royalty

The Local · 22 Aug 2011, 07:10

Published: 22 Aug 2011 07:10 GMT+02:00

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Nadine Schellenberger of Zum güldenen 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 scepters ... I am just not up on royal families and I don't have time for glossy magazines," she said, of the incident which took place late last week.

"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 get a pizza on the market square.


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08:05 August 22, 2011 by auniquecorn
if he was a street sweeper and his family would they send a letter?
08:19 August 22, 2011 by Micheál Mathäß
Exactly Auniquecorn, well said. We live in a republic and no one should be favored above all others, not even heads-of-state.
09:20 August 22, 2011 by The-ex-pat
"I don't have time for glossy magazines"......................She sounds like a person I would like to meet.

09:45 August 22, 2011 by Karisu
Why should royals be treated as though they were better than everyone else? Just to show up like that and expect a table?... if there is no room, they have to wait in line like everyone else. The restaurant owner has the right attitude. I admire her.
10:13 August 22, 2011 by moistvelvet
@Karisu I think you've got it wrong, this couple turned up to a restaurant and expected a table just like anyone else would have. The owner who you "admire" was happy to turn anyone away as is their right, but upon realising it was a royal couple they had turned away they would have bent over backwards to accomodate them. They even go so far to write to them and invite them back, as the OP says they would not have done that for anyone else, you admire them for that?

This smacks of some restaurant owner trying to ca$h in on the celeb diner eating in their restaruant that never did.
10:44 August 22, 2011 by marimay
It is okay. I am sure the pizza was better than whatever Bavarian slop she would have served anyway.
12:03 August 22, 2011 by johnny108

Make them wait their turn like everyone else!!

God granted NO family the "right to rule over the people"- this is something Americans can NEVER understand!

So, you are a "royal"? good- get in the back of the line!
12:10 August 22, 2011 by aceroni
Guys, there is no needs for guillotines and anti-monarchy sentiments here.

Any restaurant owner would bend to very uncomfortable angles to accomodate VIPs whether they are royal or not. Probably they were just dressed too casual
12:30 August 22, 2011 by michael4096
@johnny108 - while Europe has been burying their aristocacies for the last century, the Americans have been creating theirs: Hiltons, Kennedys etc. I think they have probably already passed each other
12:32 August 22, 2011 by Dizz
michael, you beat me to it! i was going to say Beyonce or some basketball buffoon! :)
12:45 August 22, 2011 by Englishted
michael4096 and Dizz

You two would make a fine double act.
16:04 August 22, 2011 by Shirazz
Cool down.... I didn't read anywhere in the article that the Royal couple complained in anyway... They just turned around and went off to get a pizza instead like any of us would. I think that was admirable.

If that was a politician he or she may have made a demanding remark.

And Imagine if that happened to Henry the VIII. He'd immediately go:

"Off with her head!!!"
16:26 August 22, 2011 by catjones
Whilst all of you side with the proletariat restauranteurs, I wonder what the source of this news was. Do you think the King leaked it to the press?
18:15 August 22, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
I am glad, whether it was a mistake or not on the owner's part, that the royal couple from Sweden was treated like regular customers (because they are). I mean, it's not like they are going to pay more money for a meal simply because they're royalty, but they most likely expect special treatment, even though the meal costs the same for any other customer. I say kudos to the owner, and don't send an apology because you were too busy to seat anyone else. That's what happens at good restaurants - tables are scarce.
20:27 August 22, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@marimay: Thank you for showing us your ignorance of German geography and apparent discrimination of anything Bavarian. If you would have taken notice, Ladenburg (as the article mentioned) is in southwestern Germany (not southeastern, where Bavaria is located). Also, using a few Internet sources, you would have also learned that Ladenburg is located in Baden-Wurttemberg, near Mannheim and north of Stuttgart.

Makes one wonder what "slop" you are referring to, if you cannot even get the location correct??????
21:26 August 22, 2011 by marimay
You're welcome.
22:53 August 22, 2011 by oiitsme
Do you guys actually believe this story? I can't imagine ANY VIP or as a matter of fact member of the royal family going out to dinner without some of their personnel having made plans for them in advance. It sounds made up to me.
00:55 August 23, 2011 by rutledm
Hey Johnny108....don't feel bad pal....there a lot of things Americans will never understand!
06:05 August 23, 2011 by RedLeg6
It's a VW (no biggie). The Swedes raped and pillaged Germany way back when.
19:02 August 23, 2011 by bsullivan
As an American (not by choice) yes, absolutley Americans don't understand other points of view. Other countries can say the same thing about Germany, but that is not the issue here. The issue is that a King and Queen were turned down at a restraunt for a table and now the owner wants to apologize and invite them back. The owner had every right to turn down the King and Queen for a table but also has the right to apologize and explain why. What is so wrong with that? Are you all so offended because the guy on the street would not have received the same courtesy or are you afraid you would not have received it? Also, have people not grown so much that the past can stay in the past? If one is going to smash the Swedes for what they did years ago, what about what Germans did to Jews? My advice, let it go.
22:12 August 23, 2011 by Whipmanager
I am a proud American, and if I had had the choice, I would have taken it and still been American (B Sullivan).

I agree. Everyone clamours over the starts and royals, even if they are less known, are starts. WHo wouldn't want a pic of the rich and famous signed and Autographed in their establishment to add a bit of credibility and chispah to the place? How many places have you gone to and seen pics of people? The HArd Rock Cafe's live off of it.

This owner did what they should have and the rest is just BS. If you don't agree that royals and stars get better treatment, think of the most beloved star you know of, and if you were in a restaurant, or store line(queue for you brits), how many of you wouldn't give your place and take one step back for them? Especially if you are male and they are super sexy and famous. You do it every day, to your bosses, to women you try to impress, to people you are in awe of...

It happens to me all of the time (LOL).
18:14 August 24, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Personally, I'd only "step back" and give my place in the queue for someone I respected (not star-struck), or if it was a mother with lots of kids having a hard time or something. You don't deserve special treatment because of the way you were born - you deserve special treatment because of the way you behave and treat others. If this was a case of different treatment between blacks and whites, it would become a heated moral issue. But since its royalty, we should "let it go" (right, Bsullivan?). Regardless of intent, this was a case of "accidental" justice, in a very small way.
19:55 August 24, 2011 by bsullivan
Whipmanager, I never said I was against being an American, my family is here in America, I simply said it was not by choice. I am an "Army Brat", my dad proudly served America for 20 years and I am very proud of him for that. He took a stand where others complain about it. I had an opportunity to have a duel citizenship but the American Government never disclosed my choice until after the deadline. I would have chosed duel because home is both Germany where I was born and America where I live. Jack, we should let the past go, it had nothing to do with what the restraunt did! I believe that no one person is above another, we are all people.
06:22 August 25, 2011 by Shirazz
I don't know what the fuss is about.

The Royal couple went to find a place to eat, they were refused a seating because there was none, they walked away and got a pizza instead.

As far as we know there was no demand or announcement that they were any more special than any of us.

The owner upon realizing later, which we don't know how, wanted to apologize and invite them back. Why-ever they want to do that is really their business, literally.

Given, news like this make head lines and heads turn, but really, there's nothing there to criticize or be super mad about either side of the coin.

Life goes on.
04:10 August 26, 2011 by bsullivan
@Shirazz.......Thanks for summing it so wonderfully, because you are soooo right.
18:53 August 26, 2011 by parisius
I agree with "marimay": after all, it has been a lucky day for the Royals of Sweden! They've got a pizza, which is more superior than all these greasy and cholesterol-producing Bavarian meals... (-:
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