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Elizabeth's wedding dress was made from deep ivory chiffon moire, embroidered with pearls and a silver thread. It was intended to match the traditional Flanders lace provided for the train by Queen Mary. Elizabeth's dress, which was in the fashion of the early 1920s, was designed by Madame Handley-Seymour, dressmaker to Queen Mary. A strip of Brussels lace, inserted in the dress, was a Strathmore family heirloom. A female ancestor of the bride wore it to a grand ball for "Bonnie Prince Charlie", Charles Edward Stuart. Unlike more recent dresses, details of this one were publicly revealed in advance of the wedding day. However, the dress was worked on until the last possible opportunity: the day before the wedding, Elizabeth divided her time between the wedding rehearsal and her dressmakers. Prince Albert wore RAF full dress in the rank of group captain, his senior service rank at the time of his marriage. #duchessofyork #albertdukeofyork #britishempire #britishroyals #britishroyalty #britishmonarchy #royals #royalty #royaleurope #windsors #georgev #georgevi #queenmary #elizabethboweslyon

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April 26, 1923 – Wedding of King George VI of the United Kingdom and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. In a time when royalty were expected to marry fellow royalty, it was unusual that the then Albert, Duke of York, had a great deal of freedom in choosing a prospective wife. In 1920, he met for the first time since childhood Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the youngest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. He became determined to marry her. He initially proposed to Elizabeth in 1921, but she turned him down, being "afraid never, never again to be free to think, speak and act as I feel I really ought to". In February 1922, Elizabeth was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Albert's sister, Princess Mary, to Viscount Lascelles. The following month, Albert proposed again, but she refused him once more. Eventually, in January 1923, Elizabeth agreed to marry Albert, despite her misgivings about royal life. Albert's freedom in choosing Elizabeth, not a member of a royal family, though the daughter of a peer, was considered a gesture in favour of political modernisation; previously, princes were expected to marry princesses. Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon were married on 26 April 1923 in Westminster Abbey. In an unexpected and unprecedented gesture, Elizabeth laid her bouquet at the Tomb of The Unknown Warrioron her way into the Abbey, in memory of her brother Fergus. Ever since, the bouquets of subsequent royal brides have traditionally been laid at the tomb, though after the wedding ceremony rather than before. The couple had two children: the current Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. #britishroyals #britishroyalty #britishmonarchy #britishempire #georgev #georgevi #queenmary #elizabethboweslyon #royalwedding #royals #royalty #royaleurope #modernroyalty #albertdukeofyork #duchessofyork #windsors

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I was so excited to pick up The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery on our vacation last week in Florida. It survived the trip home in our suitcase (which was chosen to be opened for inspection, probably because it was so suspiciously full of books ) and I sat down to take a look at it today. * When I opened the cover, I was surprised to find a Harper Collins press release inside. Conveniently, it provides a paragraph which sums up the book: * "Shortly after publishing her second novel, Agatha Christie set sail on a year-long voyage around the British Empire as part of a promotional trade mission. Together with her husband, Archie Christie, Agatha explored exotic places, encountered remarkable people, and fulfilled her life-long dream of travel. Throughout their journey Christie maintained a weekly correspondence with her mother, providing an intimate and detailed account of their adventure across South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada. Christie's letters are accompanied by an extensive compilation of photographs taken with her own portable camera, as well as postcards, newspaper clippings, and various memorabilia she collected on her trip." * It seems fitting, then, to pair this book with some vintage postcards, letters and stamps from my husband's great-grandparents' extensive collection. His great-grandparents were not only world travelers of the same vintage as Agatha Christie, but also corresponded internationally and collected stamps. I dug through their collection and was able to find stamps from Canada, Australia and even one from New Zealand. Can you spot them? * Also included above is a booklet including a list of passengers on their Holland-America line cruise from New York to Rotterdam. There are notations next to the names of passengers who will embark before Rotterdam, at Southampton or Le Havre. My husband's grandparents were getting off at Southampton. * I'm so looking forward to reading this book slowly, with a cup of tea and a scone. I'm also so grateful to have all this family ephemera. I wonder what my husband's great-grandparents would think if they knew I was using their collection for #bookstagram ?

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#india #bijapur #karnataka #karnatakatourism #memorial #kingedwardvii #britishempire #colonialindia #britishcolony #20thcentury #warrenhastings #islamicarchitecture In British India, a tower with a marble structure with a bust of King Edward VII and a park around the tower were established in memory of King Edward VII, emperor of India. The memorial is situated in the heart of the city, and the foundation stone for the memorial was laid on 2 November 1913 by Lord Hardinge, Viceroy of British India. I did not even know of this. Sad that the 100 year old memorial is in shambles...

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Felice Beato’s photographic career followed in the wake of the British Empire’s colonial expansion in East Asia. He covered the Crimean War (1855-56), the Indian Mutiny (or First War of Independence) with his brother-in-law James Robertson (1858-59), and its aftermath, the Second Opium War (1860), and the American expedition to Korea (1871). “Felice Beato was the first photographer to devote himself entirely to photographing in Asia and the Near East. He photographed in Japan, India, Athens, Constantinople, the Crimea, and Palestine. […] Beato and Robertson were also among the earliest photographers to work in the Holy Land.” (Illus.—Felice Beato [North East Corner of the Wall of Peking], 1860, Albumen silver print, J. Paul Getty Museum)

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April 25, 1897 – Birth of Mary, Princess Royal, she was the third child and only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. In 1922, Princess Mary married Viscount Lascelles, the elder son of the then Earl of Harewood, and Lady Florence Bridgeman. Their wedding at Westminster Abbey was the first royal occasion in which the future Queen Elizabeth (wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II), a friend of Princess Mary and one of the bridesmaids, participated. The Princess was 24, Lord Lascelles was 39. Princess Mary and Lord Lascelles had two sons. It was later reported that she did not want to marry Lord Lascelles, that her parents forced her into an arranged marriage, and that Lascelles proposed to her after a wager at his club. Her elder son, the Earl of Harewood, however, writes about his parents' marriage in his memoirs challenges these widespread rumours that the marriage was an unhappy one. He says that "they got on well together and had a lot of friends and interests in common". In 1932, George V declared that his only daughter should bear the title Princess Royal, succeeding her aunt Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife who had died a year before. On 28 March 1965 the Princess Royal suffered a fatal heart attack during a walk with her elder son, Lord Harewood, and his children in the grounds of the Harewood House estate. She was 67 years old. Six British monarchs reigned during Princess Mary's lifetime: Queen Victoria (her great-grandmother), Edward VII (her grandfather), George V (her father), Edward VIII and George VI (her brothers) and Elizabeth II (her niece). #britishempire #britishroyals #britishroyalty #britishmonarchy #georgev #georgevi #edwardviii #elizabethii #countessofharewood #princessroyal #queenmary #abdicationcrisis #queenvictoria #elizabethboweslyon #royals #royalty #royaleurope #modernroyalty

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April 25, 1776 – Birth of Princess Mary, was the 11th child and 4th daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom. She married her first cousin, Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, when both were 40, and was his widow in later life. In her last years, her niece Victoria was on the throne as the fourth monarch during Mary's life, after her father and two of her brothers. Princess Mary was the longest-lived (at 81 years) and last survivor of George III's fifteen children; of those fifteen issue, thirteen lived to adulthood. She was also the only one of George III's children to be photographed. She died on 30 April 1857 at Gloucester House, London. #britishroyals #britishempire #britishroyalty #britishmonarchy #georgeiii #georgeiv #wiliamiv #queenvictoria #duchessofgloucesterandedinburgh #royals #royalty #hanoverian #hanover #royaleurope

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And here's the 'after' picture of last night's 'before'. Lots of hard work and careful cleaning and the sword is ready for waxing. Some collectors would shine it up more; others less. I like mine in good condition while still showing age. The sword has matching numbers to the scabbard and is marked to the von Scharnhorst Field Artillery.

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