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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => The Danish Royal Family => Topic started by: Marc on February 19, 2005, 08:18:23 AM

Title: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on February 19, 2005, 08:18:23 AM
Does anyone have nice colour portrait of Princess Thyra of Denmark,later Crown Princess von Hannover and sister of Empress Marie and Queen Alexandra?
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on February 19, 2005, 08:19:45 AM
I have searched everywhere but I just found grey pictures!  :(
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Alicky1872 on March 12, 2005, 03:56:11 PM
I know this might not be much help, but I have seen  a color portrait of Thyra as a teenager (on a documentary), and she had the most beautiful gray-blue eyes. Her hair was a light brown. She was never seen as a beauty though, but anyone pales next to the beautiful Alexandra! Queen Victoria described her as having "a flat nose with the most horrible chin and mouth I've ever seen." She had what could only be described as a receding chin, and I think because her teeth were large, it gave her mouth an awkward look.

I recall seeing pictures of the three sisters together (when I first became interested in Royalty) and finding it hard to believe Thyra was the youngest, as she let her hair go gray when Alix and Dagmar continued to dye theirs (or wear hair pieces) up until their deaths.
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: grandduchessella on March 12, 2005, 10:19:38 PM
Her mouth is what always threw me off about her looks--she did have lovely eyes. She strike one as the least vain (probable reason she didn't care about her hair) and that could be why she (IMO) aged the best. She didn't try to hide the signs of aging behind heavy makeup, etc....
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: kmerov on March 25, 2005, 04:12:52 PM
Sorry,no portrait, but im just curius about this picture... Is Thyra wearing some sort of widow cap? An not the best picture...

   (http:// http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/thyradenmark1853-3.jpg)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: grandduchessella on March 25, 2005, 07:36:36 PM
yes it is a widow's cap. I don't know if Ernst had just died or if she put on widow's weeds for a long time.
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Alicky1872 on April 14, 2005, 07:17:28 PM
Found an interesting passage about Thyra in 'Queen Alexandra' by W.R.H. Trowbridge

"The Princess," says one who knows her well, "was good, clever, and charming. She had the most beautiful, large, dark blue eyes with a wonderful expression of thruthfulness and goodness in them. A tragic bereavement turned her golden hair snow-white, but, when I saw her again after a lapse of some years, her eyes seemed to me more beautiful than ever. Queen Alexandra, once speaking to me of her sister and all the sorrow that had befallen her, said, 'Why should it? For she is the best woman I know; really quite angelic.' Her marriage to the Duke of Cumberland was a real love match, and afforded both families the greatest satisfaction."

Her hair turning "snow-white"...could this have been after the premature death of her son as child? If I remember correctly, she lost one to illness, and her eldest son in a car accident...

Notice she never "covered up" her hair, or tried to dye it, as I suspect her sisters did. Was this a way of mourning her loss before the world?  :(
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on April 14, 2005, 08:12:56 PM
Could be(like there is a sory that Reiner III of Monaco grew white ''by night'' after the death of his wife)!The infos are quite interesting considering she had illegitimate child...those ones who had them were a bit estanged from the rest of their families!
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: grandduchessella on April 14, 2005, 09:19:55 PM
Rainier's hair was white before Grace died.

There was a story that Barbara Bush's hair turned white overnight after the death (from leukemia) of her toddler daughter. don't know if it's true or not.
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on July 09, 2005, 04:12:23 PM
Since you all know that I like portraits so much,I would like to start this thread about the portraits of the Kings and Queens,also Princes and Princesses of Denmark from let's say 17th century untill today!If someone has something good to post I would be very happy!Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on July 09, 2005, 08:26:22 PM
I just love Winterhalter,but I thought portraits of Danish royal family  :)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Angie_H on July 09, 2005, 08:27:25 PM
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I just love Winterhalter,but I thought portraits of Danish royal family  :)

sorry my bad!!!! I removed it  :-[
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: kmerov on September 20, 2005, 07:05:31 PM
Princess Frederikke Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, first wife of Christian VIII.
(http:// http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/older%20royalty/frederikkecharl.jpg)
Queen Caroline Amalie of Augustenborg, second wife of CVIII
(http:// http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/older%20royalty/carammaleri.jpg)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: kmerov on September 20, 2005, 07:12:59 PM
Christian VIII's parents, Hereditary Prince Frederik and Hereditary Princess Sophie Frederikke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/older%20royalty/arveprinsifrede.jpg)
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/1700tallet/arveprinsfrederik.jpg)
(http:// http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/older%20royalty/arvprinsessesophiefrederikke.jpg)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on September 21, 2005, 11:09:59 AM
Thanks so much for lovely portraits...keep on!  :)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on September 22, 2005, 11:13:58 AM
Are there some more individual portraits of Frederik or Sophia Frederike von Mecklenburg-Schwerin?
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: kmerov on November 09, 2005, 11:14:48 AM
Portrait of a young Thyra.
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/Thyra/thyrmal.jpg)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: kmerov on November 09, 2005, 11:16:23 AM
And a small sketch from her wedding.
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/kmerov/Thyra/bryllupthyra.jpg)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Svetabel on November 09, 2005, 02:30:24 PM
Fantastic portrait of Thyra!!!!! So sweet is an expression of her face.

Thanks, Kmerov! :)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on November 09, 2005, 05:46:39 PM
Great posts Kmerov!Her portraits were very rare!
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Alicky1872 on November 09, 2005, 05:49:25 PM
That portarit of Thyra is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing, Kmerov!

I actually find Thyra more pleasing on the eye than Dagmar. In pictures, Thyra always seems to be inclining her head slightly, (almost like the Queen Mother did...) smiling kindly, with such a sweet expression. She always appeared more elegant to me, moreso than Dagmar who I've always thought of as a stumpy looking sourpuss in a lot of her later pictures! (Ooh, i'm a bit catty tonight!  ;D)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: grandduchessella on November 10, 2005, 12:34:15 AM
This is the portrait that was just sold in the recent Hannover auction

Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Alicky1872 on November 10, 2005, 03:47:39 AM
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This is the portrait that was just sold in the recent Hannover auction


GDElla,  maybe you can tell us why this beautiful painting was auctioned off. Sorry if it was mentioned in another thread and I just wasn't paying attention. Are the Hannovers in need of money? Why sell off such a lovely item as this? Why not some boring hunting scene instead?  ;)

I think to truly appreciate Thyra, she needs to be seen in color. Thanks for your pictures everyone!  :D
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: grandduchessella on November 10, 2005, 10:42:02 AM
I don't know if it was financial need that necessitated it so much as just making some money by getting rid of old items.  :(  I think it was Princess Caroline's husband behind it but perhaps someone knows more. I don't think that all the family was in agreement. There was tons of family memorabilia auctioned off (great group photos from the Danish gatherings, portraits, family photos, uniforms, personal items and object d'arts) as well as the usual silver, china, furniture,etc...The auction just took place last month through Sotheby's. Leading up to the sale, visitors could go through Schloss Marienburg (which GV bought for Queen Marie)to view items. It went over 10 days and had 4000 lots (some with multiple items) and, while I can't remember the exact total, made a lot of money.

There were a lot of family portraits sold from the early Hannovers (pre-Queen Victoria) all the way up through Victoria Louise--a very cute portrait of her as a small girl was sold.
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Alicky1872 on November 11, 2005, 03:39:36 AM
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They were located in the basement and were sold to raise money to renovate their castle.


What a shame! I've got my Royalty photos proudly displayed, and they're not even my relatives! I suppose it doesn't phase them...just another relation's portrait...
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: crazy_wing on November 11, 2005, 12:28:08 PM
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What a shame! I've got my Royalty photos proudly displayed, and they're not even my relatives! I suppose it doesn't phase them...just another relation's portrait...


I think they just had a lot of antiques!  Too many to display all at once!  
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: julia.montague on January 27, 2006, 02:58:20 PM
 
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Portrait of his second wife Juliana Marie von Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel!

She was from my hometown ;D Wolfenbüttel  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Emilia on January 28, 2006, 08:19:34 AM
My favourite princesses of Denmark, Alix and Dagmar:
(http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/2356/alixdagy8ky.th.jpg) (http://img73.imageshack.us/my.php?image=alixdagy8ky.jpg)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Marc on January 28, 2006, 10:14:07 AM
Really,great portrait!  :)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Zanthia on March 26, 2006, 04:54:19 PM
(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i201/Zanthia1982/milla012.jpg)

A very young Thyra. Ain't she just a cutie? :)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Svetabel on March 28, 2006, 12:01:20 AM
Very nice portrait!
Zanthia, all the pictures you post are quite rare, thanks for sharing! :)
Title: Re: Portraits of the family
Post by: Zanthia on March 28, 2006, 03:20:22 AM
You're welcome :), but there also is quite many pictures in here that I haven't seen before.