Princess Elisabeth of Romania when she was briefly Queen consort of Greece, 1922-1924.
An isolated queen
“Life in Greece was not easy at all for Elisabeth, who could not adapt at all to her new homeland. As she did not have much feelings for her husband, she had neither for her family nor for her country, in which she had to live. Relations with the other members of the Greek royal family were not close either, even though her mother-in-law complained to Queen Marie only about the princess’s indolence, which her mother knew. The Greek language was also a problem, because Elisabeth did not know it at all, so her duties also suffered. In fact, she increasingly refused to attend receptions, official receptions or diplomatic dinners, preferring to read or listen to music. But Elisabeth most acutely felt the lack of money, because King George was receiving too little subsidy from the Greek state, and far too many things he could once afford, were now denied. She missed her old life, Romania and her mother, to whom she often wrote. To pass her time differently, she began to cultivate exotic flowers and plants. She also read for hours, painted, played the piano, managed to travel to Vienna, Florence, Paris and London despite little money”.