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« Reply #285 on: July 18, 2007, 05:22:30 AM »
You know Queen Mary, never ceases to impress me. I was reading about the Palace of Whitehall: An undercroft from Wolsey's Great Chamber, now known as Henry VIII's Wine Cellar, a fine example of a Tudor brick-vaulted roof, was in the way of plans for the new building of the Ministry of Defence. Following a request from Queen Mary and a promise in Parliament, provision was made for the preservation of the cellar. It was encased in steel and concrete and relocated in 1949. This major operation was carried out without damage to the structure and it now rests safe within the basement of the MOD.

Such a love of history and an eye to preservation for future generations!!
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« Reply #286 on: July 18, 2007, 05:33:43 AM »
Yes, sounds really QM. Also how she searched into the small shops (..and homes) for thinks which were from the Royal Collection...and she discovered a lot....
also she got a impresseve knwoledge about the orgin of the items in question...GREAT....

I hope that further generations will also kepp the things together..not so as many others, found their way to Christie's or Sotherby's....

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« Reply #287 on: July 18, 2007, 06:08:27 AM »
Without a doubt Queen Mary was the greatest of the female royal collectors..despite the fact she never bought a great painting...the Queen Mother with her Monet,Nash,Sickerts & John beats her in that respect.

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« Reply #288 on: July 18, 2007, 07:46:39 PM »
Quite the cataloging expert!  :) I have a picture of her shopping, possibly "caressing an item with her eyes". But alas, I cannot find it! Anyone else have one?

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"I shall be very disappointed," she remarked for the record, "if George doesn't come up again." Queen Mary upon hearing her husband was to ride in a submarine.

When asked the question of when her eldest son would return to the country Queen Mary said, "Not until he comes to my funeral."

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« Reply #289 on: July 18, 2007, 09:45:57 PM »
Not to distract from the current discussion of the dresses worn in India, but I wanted to share this picture of QM that is new to me.



I can't immediately recall other pictures from this sitting; maybe it's the pose that is throwing me off...I'm sure our resident Queen Mary expert, GDella, can help with this.

Looking at the pufy sleeves, it may be 1890s.

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« Reply #290 on: July 19, 2007, 06:28:23 AM »
Quite the cataloging expert!  :) I have a picture of her shopping, possibly "caressing an item with her eyes". But alas, I cannot find it! Anyone else have one?

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'There is nothing Queen Mary likes more than visiting small antique shops in the country.  Here she is leaving after looking over a dealer's collection at Ipswich'.

Not quite 'caressing' but possibly just after!  :D




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« Reply #291 on: July 19, 2007, 09:07:59 AM »
Although I don't have the book to hand but Chips Channon left a fascinating picture of Queen Mary attending the first BP after the war. She walked across the lawn wearing (I think) ice blue and literally shimmering in diamonds. Would love to have seen that!!  :D

Chips also wrote she was "above politics…magnificent, humorous, worldly, in fact nearly sublime, though cold and hard. But what a grand Queen."
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« Reply #292 on: July 19, 2007, 12:00:31 PM »
Quite a nice summary of Queen Mary  :). I wish we could see the picture!

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"I shall be very disappointed," she remarked for the record, "if George doesn't come up again." Queen Mary upon hearing her husband was to ride in a submarine.

When asked the question of when her eldest son would return to the country Queen Mary said, "Not until he comes to my funeral."

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« Reply #293 on: July 19, 2007, 04:01:25 PM »
Without a doubt Queen Mary was the greatest of the female royal collectors..despite the fact she never bought a great painting...the Queen Mother with her Monet,Nash,Sickerts & John beats her in that respect.

Yes Queen Mum collected paintings and china, and her love for the Castle of Mey, and May collected GEMS!!!!!
(not only diamonds were her best friends...LOL)

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« Reply #294 on: July 19, 2007, 04:55:18 PM »
May collected FAR more other objects than gems--that's just what's commented on the most. She collected large quantities of paintings (especially ones with historical connections), fans, and various objects d'art. She, thankfully for historians, also catalogued her efforts.
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« Reply #295 on: July 19, 2007, 08:27:05 PM »
JPH's biography of QM states that had she not been royal, she would have been an excellent museum curator!  :)

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"I shall be very disappointed," she remarked for the record, "if George doesn't come up again." Queen Mary upon hearing her husband was to ride in a submarine.

When asked the question of when her eldest son would return to the country Queen Mary said, "Not until he comes to my funeral."

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« Reply #296 on: July 20, 2007, 04:20:33 AM »
JPH's biography of QM states that had she not been royal, she would have been an excellent museum curator!  :)

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That's right....she hat got also a fantastic knowledge about the orgins, owners (and so one) about a single item....

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« Reply #297 on: July 20, 2007, 10:56:02 AM »
She frequently helped the head (curator?) of the Royal Library in identifying various personages in the voluminous quantities of sketches, portraits, watercolors, miniatures etc...that Queen Victoria and King Edward (not to mention prior monarchs) had accumulated but which over time the context or identification of the picture in question had been lost. These pictures amounted to the thousands in the Royal Collection and she provided an invaluable assistance, frequently adding not just the name of someone but supplying anecdotes or facts about the particular picture.
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« Reply #298 on: July 20, 2007, 12:48:36 PM »
And which was also discussed already: she made lists and catalouges of all things, and also what dress she wore to what occassion and which jewellery...

For me she was the "Queen" from the fary tales....

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« Reply #299 on: July 25, 2007, 11:38:28 PM »
I recently came across this site and found it quite interesting! It provides information on Queen Mary (trivia, quotes, pictures, etc.) along with other women like Princess Margaret and Queen Victoria.  :)

Here's the link to QM's specific site:
http://www.divasthesite.com/Political_Divas/Queen_Mary.htm

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"I shall be very disappointed," she remarked for the record, "if George doesn't come up again." Queen Mary upon hearing her husband was to ride in a submarine.

When asked the question of when her eldest son would return to the country Queen Mary said, "Not until he comes to my funeral."