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Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara

In 1888, the Prince and Princess of Wales (future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) celebrated the silver anniversary of their wedding. For this special occasion, Marchioness of Salisbury (wife the Prime Minister) and the other peeresses of Great Britain, formed a committee known as the “Ladies of Society” to decide what gift would best please Her Royal Highness. Together with Lady Salisbury were three other peeresses: Maria, Marchioness of Ailesbury (who was a supporter of the opposition Liberal Party); the Countess Spencer; and the Countess of Cork.  The society raised enough money to buy a tiara that to this day forms one of the most prized jewels of the Royal Family: the Kokoshnik tiara. This tiara is a dream come true for the future queen. She always wanted one that resembled a kokoshnik (cock's comb), a traditional Russian folk headdress. She knew the design so well because her sister, Marie Feodorovna, had a tiara that looks like a kokoshnik. The tiara was made by Garra…

Coselpalais, a Residence Fit for a King’s Brother

Coselpalais is one of the grandest baroque palaces in Dresden. It stands in front of the Frauenkirche and demands as much attention as the other nearby structures.

Queen Alexandra, the Fashion Empress: Her Choker Necklaces, Nigh Necklines and the Alexandra Limp

Queen Alexandra, undoubtedly Britain's first queen of hearts, had her eyes on glittering jewels. While born to the lowly house of Schleswig-Holstein-Sondenburg-Glucksburg, her family was eventually propelled to European center stage when her father was elected King of Denmark and her brother, King of Greece. Her younger sister, Dagmar, was married to the future Czar Alexander III and became the popular Empress Marie Feodorovna.

Dresden’s Grandest Hotel was once a Palace Originally Built for a Notorious Royal Mistress

Beside Dresden’s Royal Palace and the Dresden Pavillon is an equally imposing baroque structure that surely grabs the attention of travellers and passersby alike. This is the Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais, once a regal residence fit for a royal mistress. The palace was built by Johann Friedrich Karcher as a gift of Augustus II the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland to his mistress, Countess Anna Constanze von Hoym.

Concerned Prince Charles sought second opinion on troubled Diana after royal doctors believed she had mental disorder

Prince Charles asked for second opinion on the troubled late Princess of Wales after the Queen’s doctor thought she was suffering from a “dangerous” mental disorder that they fear she might pass on to her children, a letter revealed.

In Pictures: Queen Elizabeth II and the U.S. Presidents

Since becoming queen in 1952, Her Majesty has meet every US president from Dwight Eisenhower, a manifestation of the special bond that Great Britain has forged with its closest ally.  Let is take a step back in time and see the Queen’s American tours and the visits paid to Queen Elizabeth II by American presidents and first ladies.

“Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret” features the royal as Grander than the Queen and ruder than Prince Philip

Princess Margaret Rose, The Queen’s younger sister, led a notorious life of scandal and intriguein her constant search for sought affection and attention.  In his new book, Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, satirist Craig Brown provides a detailed account of the life of one of Britain's most colorful, albeit controversial personality.

12 More Chateaux in the Loire Valley: Part 2

A few months ago, I have written about 10 French chateaux that you might find interesting to visit in the Loire Valley. Here are 12 more breathtaking chateaux to catch your imagination!

A Day in the Life of The Queen: How Queen Elizabeth II Spends Her Day

Queen Elizabeth II is a stickler for order, and so routine is a part of Her Majesty’s day-to-day life. She rises at around 8.30 am and would be greeted by a piper who plays at 9am on the terrace beneath her apartment at Buckingham Palace. When longtime attendant and confidante Margaret MacDonald was still in service, Don Coolican noted that  Bobo, as The Queen affectionately called MacDonald, would awaken her, “bringing in a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits handed over by the footman.” The Queen’s corgis are the first creatures to grace The Queen , who would also beg to be given biscuits, Coolican writes.

Queen Elizabeth II has been using this $9 nail polish since the 1980s

There’s no question to the impeccable taste of Queen Elizabeth II. From dog breeds and chocolate cakes to handbags, the Queen knows what she likes—and what she likes always manifests a touch of class. That extends even to beauty products.

Marie Leszczcynska, Louis XV’s Pious Queen

Marie Leszczynska , Queen Consort of France, was born in Trzebnica, near Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia on June 23, 1703. She was the daughter of Stanislaw Leszczynski (who in 1704 was elected king of Poland with the support of Charles XII of Sweden) and of Catherine Opalinska. During a temporary flight from Warsaw the child was lost, and eventually discovered in a state; on another occasion she was for safety’s sake hidden in an oven. In his exile Stanislas found his chief consolation in supervising his daughter’s education.  Her youth, though, was marred by her father’s misfortune.  In 1709, Stanislaw was deposed after Swedish army lost the military upper hand in Poland. They first settled in Sweden and then in  Zweibrücken , the fiefdom of King Charles XII, the income of which was used for the family’s sustenance. With Charles’ death and Zweibrücken’s passing to a cousin of his, the family settled at a town house in Wissembourg  with financial support from the French Regent, the Duke o…

You’ll never hear the royals say these 8 words!

While many of us will never have the chance to become Buckingham Palace regulars, just in case you get invited to tea with the Queen or any of their royal highnesses, perhaps you’d like to bear in mind that these royals never utter these words and phrases ….

Prince Charles to live at Clarence House, not Buckingham Palace, when he becomes King

Prince Charles had made it known that he would not live at Buckingham Palace when he becomes King. He, instead, plans to convert it into a museum instead, royal sources told Sunday Times. It is believed that the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall are already “very comfortable” in Clarence House and they find inconvenient to move to “the big house.” The last monarch to officially reside at Clarence House was King William IV, who reigned from 1830 until 1837.

Here are the Other Countries where Queen Elizabeth II also Reigns

In February 1952, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary succeeded  her father not only as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but also as head of the Commonwealth of Nations, an intergovernmental organization composed of independent nations, most of which were former territories of the British Empire.

Marie Louise of Austria, Napoleon’s Other Wife

Napoleon Bonaparte fell head over heels to the Austrian Archduchess Marie Louise the moment he laid his eyes upon her. Her beauty was such that the great emperor remarked: "You are much better-looking than your portrait." Napoleon initially thought he married a womb in Marie Louise (his first wife, Josephine, failed to bear him an heir). Eventually, their relationship turned out for the better until it cooled down after Napoleon’s fall.

Queen’s Private Secretary resigns amidst power struggle

Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s private secretary, has resigned following a bitter power struggle between Buckingham Palace and Prince Charles, Mail on Sunday reports.
He will step down from his job this October after working for Her Majesty for the past 10 years.

In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, Sir Christopher praised the Queen for the great job she continues to do which "brought stability, purpose and colour to country and Commonwealth alike".

Sir Christopher said he is confident that he was doing his best on the job, knowing the monarch's "unwavering commitment as sovereign" has the "full and active" support of her family.

Here’s one European country the Queen has never visited…

Queen Elizabeth II is perhaps the most traveled sovereign in British history, visiting 116 nations all over the world in her capacity as head of state. Surprisingly, though, Her Majesty has never visited Greece since ascending to the throne in 1952. This, despite the fact that Prince Philip was once a Prince of Greece and the country is a popular destination for British holidaymakers.

Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with third child

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced.
The news of the duchess’ third pregnancy  delighted the Queen and both families. The announcement also mentioned that, just like her two pregnancies, the duchess, who is now 35, is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.
She had to beg off from her scheduled engagement at the Hornsey Road Children's Centre in London, which she was supposed to attend Monday afternoon.
The duchess is now being cared for, according to Kensington Palace statement.
According to BBC's royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, the announcement came just in time for a "significant week" for the family "because Prince George is due to start at big school."
"Presumably his mother would be keen to take him to that, [but] whether she is going to be well enough to do that remains to be seen," he told BBC News.
"It had also been expected that the Du…
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