The first women to enter the Grand Foyer was a widowed royal from Spain. Women were only allowed to enter this hall accompanied by men at the time and as she was widowed, she had no way to go in. The paintings on the ceiling by Paul Baudry were the talk of the town and she wanted to see them. Not giving a fig, she decided to go ahead anyway and she went in and said in quite a loud voice “I am very pleased to see the paintings of Monsieur Baudry. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”. From then on, women were allowed to roam freely!