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There were so many of them that your forgetfulness is entirely forgivable!

..even in her wedding-photographs, some of the most cheerless that I have ever seen!

A lovely picture that, one of the nicest that I have seen.

I see what you mean, there is a faint resemblance, I wonder if it would survive if the shrubbery were cleared.

The Windsors / Re: Princess Margaret (1930-2002), & her family
« on: July 11, 2010, 08:37:15 AM »
From the reports that I have heard, she could be a real pain to mix with, being matey at one moment and playing the grande dame at the next; lesser mortals never knew where they stood. To be over-familiar with people and then feel obliged to put them in their place sounds like self-indulgence to me, and the height of bad manners.

A royal command, and quite right too; it would have been good to see everyone scrambling around. The story of the gold pencil will surely deserve a footnote in the next edition of her official biography.

The Windsors / Re: Duke and Duchess of Gloucester & Family
« on: July 11, 2010, 08:24:11 AM »
Not merely sounds like a laxative, is a laxative; and Cosima makes me think of Cosima Wagner.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 09, 2010, 01:17:44 PM »
Preferable by far to monkey brains.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 09, 2010, 04:07:43 AM »
It  takes long training to eat gargantuan meals like that; the wonder is that not everyone was as plump as Edward.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 09, 2010, 03:10:14 AM »
They say that curry is the English national dish. Kedgeree is about the only dish that can tempt me to eat an Edward VII style breakfast; one only encounters it among old-fashioned people. For a real historical experience one needs to try Brown Windsor soup.

What a shame; it must be a hindrance to any research about the recent history Bavarian royal family if they are reluctant to grant access to the family archives. A good photo book wouldn't be a bad idea though, if very much a second best.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 08, 2010, 05:03:58 PM »
And a couple of pheasants before going to bed. I hope your hotel served up some good kedgeree.

I take it that no one has written a biography of Marie Gabrielle since Huber?

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 08, 2010, 03:11:45 PM »
What amazes me above all about the kind of people whom Edward VII used to associate with is the amount that they managed to eat - makes one surprised that they had any energy left over for their extra-curricular activities!

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 08, 2010, 02:27:08 PM »
It is certainly true that the respectable middle classes in Britain have long been inclined to look askance at the raffishness and (often) idleness of the aristocracy, which has often enabled them ro regard themselves as being superior in their morals and indeed level of culture; but in fact many members of the aristocracy and landed gentry were and are thoroughly 'middle class' in these respects; there are circles within circles, and often variations too from generation to generation. One can see this in the British royal family since Queen Victoria's time, how some members have been thoroughly 'middle class' while others have been associated with raffish circles in high society.  Edward VII and (up to the time of the abdication) Edward VIII were popular enough, but that was before the days of an intrusive press. I'm afraid that the mess that Prince Charles has made of his private life has done no favours to an institution that has to present itself as being a family monarchy; though I wouldn't compare him to the Edwards, he is a serious and thoughtful man (which is paradoxically something of a problem for him in an age of celebrity culture, in which superficial glamour has more public appeal, and eccentric and original people are inclined to be mocked). Whether the great British (etc.) public really has the right to be so censorious is quite another matter. As Macaulay remarked long ago, there is no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. And the sheer nastiness and spitefulness of so much that is said about Charles and Camilla takes my breath away.

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