I find many of the women average at best, but with excellent hairstyles and beautiful fitting clothes. It is a tad like today;
most oft the royals today are nothing to write home about, in best case scenarios they too had a good stylist doing their hair and make-up professionally.
But like today, back then princesses were "beautiful" - that was simply the accepted rule. A poor darling had to be exceptionally ugly to not being hailed as "lovely" "great beauty" etc...
Bummer, I wrote a large comment. But it dissappeared with my time out on RD. Normally I can simply log in again and retrive my not posted post, but this time it didn't work that way. Therefore hereby the repeat:
Perhaps some examples of royal women conceived as non attractive:
Princess Louise of the Netherlands (5 August 1828, The Hague, Netherlands ? 30 March 1871, Stockholm, Sweden)
Her father was Prince Frederik of the Netherlands, the second child of King Willem I of the Netherlands and Wilhelmina of Prussia. Her mother Louise was the eighth child of King Frederick Wilhem III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
In 1849, Louise was selected as a suitable marriage partner for Crown Prince Carl of Sweden and Norway, the son of King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway and Josephine of Leuchtenberg. The marriage was arranged after the negotiations to arrange a marriage between Carl and a Prussian princess had failed. King Oscar I of Sweden wished to secure royal family connections between the new Bernadotte dynasty and the old royal dynasties of Europe, and a Protestant princess was also seen as a necessary queen of the Protestant Sweden-Norway after two Catholic predecessors. Louise fulfilled these credentials, and a great dowry was expected from the rich House of Orange-Nassau. Cabinet secretary L Manderstr?m was sent to inspect her, and diplomatically let it be known in his report that Louise had an excellent education and a good character but that she was not attractive. In August 1849, a meeting was arranged between Louise and Charles in the Hague. Reportedly, Louise fell in love with Carl and felt an immediate attraction, while Carl in contrast was disappointed in her appearance. Carl, however, was convinced to agree to the marriage by the King.
Princess Mathilde of Saxony, Duchess of Saxony (19 March 1863, Dresden, Saxony ? 27 March 1933, Dresden, Saxony, Germany)
The third child and third-eldest daughter of George of Saxony and his wife, Maria Anna of Portugal. She was an elder sister of the Kingdom of Saxony's last king, Friedrich Augustus III of Saxony.
As a young girl, Mathilde was quiet and gentle, but she was not especially good-looking. Her father, George of Saxony, had planned a marriage between Mathilde and Archduke Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, however Rudolf rejected this arrangement and instead married Princess St?phanie of Belgium.
It was then agreed that Mathilde would marry a nephew of Emperor Franz Joseph I and the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. However, dynastic relations between the Saxon royal family and the Habsburgs were once again strained when Franz Ferdinand chose to marry morganatically Sophie Chotek, Countess of Chotkov and Vojn?n. (Relations between the two nations improved only when Mathilde's younger sister Maria Josepha married her second cousin, Archduke Otto Francis.)
Mathilde became embittered by these rejections and turned critical and waspish; she also turned to alcohol to ease her unhappiness, acquiring the nickname "Schnapps-Mathilde" for obvious reasons. She made life difficult for other members of the royal family, and as a consequence was the least popular of the family by a wide margin among the people of Saxony.
And IMO Lady Louise Mountbatten
(previously princess Louise of Battenberg), 2nd wife of widower King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, isn't a beauty either. But there is something in her appareance on pictures, that attracts me. She comes across as a (very) likeable person. She is by the way the step-grandmother of current Swedish king CG.