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The Windsors / Re: Christmas traditions in Queen Victoria's family
« on: January 19, 2011, 06:09:25 PM »
From Princess Alice's book "For My Grandchildren" - She mentions that the Albany family went to Osborne more often at Christmas. "The large Indian Room had a row of Christmas trees, one for each of the family, and an enchanting one, which dated from the time of the Prince Consort, that played Christmas tunes as it rotated round and round. Besides presents galore, there were piles of delicious German Christmas cakes, and Mother had to be very strict to prevent us gorgin ourselves sick upon them."

Osborne Christmas 1897

The Windsors / Re: Christmas traditions in Queen Victoria's family
« on: January 19, 2011, 06:02:32 PM »
I couldn't find any mention of Christmas in Princess Marie Louise's memoirs. In Queen Marie's the only thing I found was her mentioning the Christmas tree in the library at Eastwell.

The Durbar Wing at Osborne decorated for Christmas 1900

The Windsors / Re: Queen Mary- part 4
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:16:37 PM »
Queen Mary and Queen Maud at King George V funeral.

The Windsors / Re: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (nee Bowes Lyon)
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:13:19 PM »
Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother at the time of King George VI's death.

Marie Louise between the Duchess of York and Helen Will Moody at a garden party given by Lady Crosfield in July 1935

Helena Victoria, Helen Wills Moody, Ena, Alice Marble, and Marie Louise at a charity tennis match in July 1938


The Windsors / Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part IV
« on: December 08, 2010, 04:41:03 PM »
In the bio of Empress Marie "Little Mother of Russia " it doesn't mention Alexandra at the wedding, but it does mention her attending a review at Krasnoe Selo in August with her sister. Also, in the bio of Xenia "Once A Grand Duchess" there is a letter quoted from Princess Maud about how Xenia looked on her wedding day. I'm guessing Maud would not have been there without Alexandra.

In Hannah Pakula's bio of Vicky she mentions that Vicky gathered her children together for a luncheon on the occasion of Queen Victoria's birthday in May 1900 and they were photographed together and the photo sent to QV. The photo in post 432 is included in the book with the date of 1900.

Photo including son and daughter-in-laws and grandchildren (I'm guessing Sophies?). I think the man on the right of Ernie is Albert S-H.


I'll have to check my books, but I seem to remember the photo was taken on the occasion of Queen Victoria's birthday in 1900. There is also another photo taken at the same time, which I'm hoping I remember correctly, included Grand Duke Ernst and Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein. I'll have to look for that also.

You're welcome.

The cross is made of granite from the Balmoral Estate.

Helena and Helena Victoria visited South Africa in September 1904. Earlier in the month two attempts were made to steal the Prince's body, but the stone slab covering his grave was to heavy. Authorities tried to keep the incidents quiet, but by the time Helena visited the grave she was aware of the attempts, commenting "Was it not a brutal thing to do"

From Theo Aronsons book Royal Ambassadors

The Windsors / Re: Pictures and Paintings of the Queen - Empress Victoria
« on: October 28, 2010, 10:26:01 AM »
Could anyone please help me to identify a few people in this picture? On the left there is GD MAria Alexandrovna, I think that next to her there is Victoria of Hesse. Am I right?

The children from bottom to top Princesses Marie, Alexandra and Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, then the Duchess of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria, Princess Victoria of Prussia, Crown Princess of Prussia, and Princess Beatrice taken in September 1884

The Windsors / Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part IV
« on: October 04, 2010, 07:00:04 PM »
According to "The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins, Queen Alexandra rode in a carriage with her sister Empress Marie and daughters Princess Louise and Princess Victoria. Queen Maud followed in the next coach with Queen Mary, Prince Edward and Princess Mary

The Windsors / Re: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (nee Bowes Lyon)
« on: September 30, 2010, 11:54:16 AM »
What I am saying here is that I am not convinced yet that she could play The Queen Mum and convince us that she was her.

Perhaps once you've actually seen the film and her whole performance, you'll have a different opinion. At the very least, you will then be able to make an informed opinion.

The Windsors / Re: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (nee Bowes Lyon)
« on: September 29, 2010, 05:33:16 PM »

What about Bonham Carter's performance did you not care for?

Ena with Alfonso and one of her brothers (I'm guessing Leopold) during the ceremony for the laying of the first stone for the School of Orphans of Sailors.

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