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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit to Arundel Castle

In December 1846, Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, visited Arundel Castle , where they stayed for a few days. The townsfolk were thrilled with this royal visit and Henry Charles Howard, 13th Duke of Norfolk, had extensively prepared for this visit that he even remodelled the castle ahead of the queen and prince consort’s arrival. The delighted queen wrote at the end of her visit about how she enjoyed her stay there, commenting on the "beautiful" castle and the friendliness of her reception. The suite of rooms in which Victoria stayed are now part of the family's private apartments but the suite of bedroom furniture made for her is on display. Among other things to see are the Queen's bed, the guest book bearing her and her Consort's signature, and her toilet. Queen Victoria's bedroom in Arundel Castle.  The Pictorial Times has vividly described this royal visit:   Arundel was gaily illuminated on Wednesday night. At the castle the keep was
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Viscount Lascelles, Princess Mary's Gallant and Wealthy Lover

Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles featured in The Bystander Royal Wedding Number before their wedding in 1922. In November 1921, Princess Mary , the only daughter of King George V and Queen, who in 1935 was bestowed the title Princess Royal, was engaged to Henry Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles. The heir to the title of Earl of Harewood, he was a possessor of a fabulous wealth. In this article  from The Australian, Friday(January 20, 1922), we will find out more about the early life, wartime experience and pedigree of Princess Mary’s groom, whom she married in 1922.  "Don" Lascelles, as he was always called in his old regiment, the Grenadier Guards, is certainly one of the most eligible bachelors in London society (says a society writer). The eldest son of the Earl of Harewood, he inherited in 1916, quite unexpectedly, the great fortune of his great-uncle, the late Marquis of Clanricarde, who left something like two million pounds to  “Harry Lascelles, by courtesy called Visc

The Wedding of King George III and Queen Charlotte

The Marriage of George III 1761 by Joshua Reynolds, 1761.   “When King George III succeeded to the throne of England upon the death of his grandfather, George II, it was considered right that he should seek some lady in marriage who should fulfil all the duties of her exalted position in a manner to satisfy the feelings of the country at large, and at the same time those of a Prince so ardent an admirer of the fair sex as was George III,” writes Charlotte Papendiek* in her extensive memoirs.  The choice for a bride fell on the 17-year-old Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The decision was reached primarily because, having been raised in a small German duchy and being the daughter of the Prince Mirow, the younger brother of the reigning duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the princess was thought of as not having the experience or the interest to meddle in politics. In July 1761, King George III sent for an entourage to escort his would-be bride from Strelitz to London.   The part

Queen Louise of Denmark: A “Clever and Accomplished” Woman

Queen Louise of Denmark, c1893. Image under Creative Commons license.  In the Life of Queen Alexandra , author Sarah A. Southall Tooley describes Queen Louise   as one “clever and accomplished” woman, who “was an excellent musician (playing both the piano and harp), could converse fluently in French and German, and had some knowledge of English.” Tooley continues: “She drew and painted, and the walls of the Gule Palais [Roskilde Royal Mansion or Yellow Mansion] were hung with her sketches, while in common with the Danish ladies she worked exquisitely in silk embroidery. To these graceful accomplishments the Princess Louise added a thorough knowledge of housewifery, and was an expert needlewoman. The queen was also described as one who possessed wit, “…faculty, discrimination, and tact, and this quality, which in the early years of her married life made her such an excellent wife and mother, rendered her a most helpful Consort to Prince Christian when he ascended the throne.

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna: The Grandest of the Grand Duchesses

Maria Pavlovna the Elder by François Flameng, 1898.  Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, born Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, was the unrivalled society queen during the last years of czarist Russia. Imperious, ambitious and ostentatious, there was no doubt she earned the monicker “the grandest of all the grand duchesses.”   When she came into St. Petersburg as the young wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovitch, the second son of Czar Alexander II, the grand duchess was relatively unpopular. As explained by Count Paul Vasili, Maria Pavlovna detested “every-thing that is Russian, and has remained German at the bottom of her heart." "Her numerous sojourns in Paris have removed her German awkwardness, but they have also developed certain traits of character which do not accord with her rank,” he added. “The Grand Duchess does not know how to behave, dress, or enjoy herself as a Grand Duchess ; like all Germans, she ceased to be a great lady as soon as she threw off th

Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna, The Benevolent Queen of Greece

Queen Olga, the wife of King George I of the Hellenes, was highly esteemed and deeply loved in her adopted land of Greece. Born on September 3, 1851, she was second child and eldest daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Nicolaevich and Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg. The Grand Duke Constantine was a younger son of Czar Nicholas I and had also served as viceroy of Poland.  “Between the Imperial Court and her father's estates the Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna had grown up,” wrote Danish author Walter Christmas in the book The Life of King George of Greece . Educated together with the Grand Duke Nicholas and the future Duchess of Wurtemberg, her siblings closest to her age, Grand Duchess Olga “quickly developed into one of the handsomest and most charming members of the Imperial family.” She met her future husband, King George I of Greece, when, as the newly installed King of Greece, the former Prince William of Denmark visited the Court of the Tsar Alexander II in 1863. 

When Queen Liliʻuokalani Met Queen Victoria and the British Royal Family

In April 1887, Hawaii’s future (and ultimately last) Queen, Liliʻuokalani embarked on a long trip to London with her sister-in-law, Queen Kapiʻolani. They were to attend the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria, where they represented Liliuokalani’s brother, King Kalākaua. With them were Liliuokalani's husband John Owen Dominis, Court Chamberlain Colonel Curtis P. Iaukea   and Colonel James Harbottle Boyd, who served as aide-de-camp to Queen Kapi ʻ olani. After landing in San Francisco, the royal party proceeded to Washington, D.C., where they were received by President and First Lady Grover Cleveland and a state dinner was hosted in their honour. They then travelled to Boston and finally in New York where they boarded a ship and sailed to London. The royal ladies were granted an audience with Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace, later joining European royals and other foreign dignitaries at special Jubilee service at Westminster Abbey. For this occasion, Kapiʻolani do
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