The ladies who wrote The Rules would hate this story. Madame Pompadour literally chased after Louis. She used to dress all in pink – her carriage painted a contrasting blue – and ride to the edge of the of the King’s woods. In addition to being a good huntress, Madame Pompadour was also an excellent rider.
Louis XV noticed her. He could hardly help it. Everyone in his retinue noticed the woman riding around after them through the woods in cotton-candy colors. However, he was too shy to approach her. Instead, he settled for sending gifts of game to her house. They only truly met later, at a masked ball intended to celebrate the Dauphin’s marriage. At the time, Louis XV was without a mistress, and many women there were seeking his affections. Perhaps taking that into account, he appeared with a group of friends, all of them dressed as identical yew trees so that they would blend together.
Later in the evening, however, everyone saw that the king had doffed his mask, and was talking with Madame Pompadour who was dressed, fittingly, as Diana, goddess of the hunt.
Later they went on to a private party at the Hotel de Ville, and spent the night together. Immediately afterwards, Louis moved her into a set of apartments at Versailles that connected to his. She was 23, and she would remain the King’s trusted companion for the rest of her life.
Meeting the Queen would prove more challenging.