My maternal granny came from and old Spanish family, not noble as such, but you would call them «hidalgos», on top of that, she was very proud of her Spanish ancestry, the Spanish Royal Family, and the Belgian one due to Queen Paola. She has always bought, and read thoroughly «Hello!». On top of that, I was always a nerd, History has always been, and still is, my favourite subject, then I learnt about the «Catholic King and Queen», the Habsburgs, so it was something gradual to be honest.
By my 20s, I had a general idea of who was who in the royal circle. Back then, I even bougth Diana's side of the story, until I came, by chance, to the Spanish forum «Dinastías». I read almost every historical thread, 5 years later, I've bought circa over 80 books only on royal and aristocracy them. Now, I can tell Queen Victoria's descendants up to most of her great-grand children, tell which royal houses are connected through her, and how. I think the final straw
when we started making historical jokes about the Romanovs, and others, we like to imagine with a friend, that very moment when GD "Miechen" asked Czarina Alexandra for one of her daughters in marriage for one her (débauche) children, and her response was basically throwing her wheelchair at her. I know, it sounded more funny the first time we imagined that.