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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #345 on: October 19, 2007, 09:31:46 PM »
Some of Queen Mary's beloved jade



QUEEN MARY'S DESK SEAL A NEPHRITE JADE MOUNTED QUARTZ SEAL
Circa 1920
Carved with foliage, the underside engraved 'VM' beneath a crown, in a velvet and silk-lined box inscribed '128 NEW BOND ST, LONDON, W, FRANK HYMANS LD, FROM DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND'
2½in. (6.5cm.) high
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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #346 on: October 20, 2007, 08:38:57 AM »
Interesting how the colour of the adapted Chinese 'coat' - which I think looks quite striking but would need a figure of definitive personage and style to carry off - seems to match the jade pieces. I think these more subtle shades of green (jade, sage etc) can be immensely flattering to the right colouring (eg the Yorks) but it seems green still has many of its old associations with bad luck and so there is prejudice against it to this day even. Its rather difficult when a colour suits you but its a colour you don't care for: QM and mourning black springs to mind. She hated the mourning weeds but black flattered her well when younger. For me, its very pale pink/peach - not at all the girly colour I like but it does like me (and its a great help to the sallow and aging complexion...) For me, the great frustration of b/w photography is not being able to see the shades and colours in QM's clothes which so often hint at gauzey layers and subtleties of edgings and trim and altogether really pretty ensembles. I understand she was fond of a particular shade of blue but haven't seen any example ot it....
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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #347 on: November 01, 2007, 03:23:48 AM »
I hope this hasn't been posted, I found a funny anecdote on Queen Mary!

Queen Mary:

Toward the end of her life, Queen Mary (wife of George V) came to possess a Russian ikon of great beauty but unknown origin. A concerted effort was made to establish its provenance, to no avail...

"Then someone in her Household recollected that there was a Russian princess - a cousin of the British Royal Family - still living in the London suburb whither she had fled to escape the Bolsheviks in 1917. Possibly she would know something about the ikon. Queen Mary concurred and at once wrote to the Princess, inviting her to tea.
The Princess, who had lived 30 years in poverty and obscurity, resigned to the ostracism of her Windsor cousins, was overjoyed. Her joy increased at the tea party, as Queen Mary spoke to her kindly about her parents and relations and the dear dead days under the Tsar. At long last, her wanderings and loneliness seemed to have come to an end. Then Queen Mary brought out the ikon and asked if he knew anything about it.

"The Princess took the ikon and pressed it to her heart. She did, indeed, know something about it. She said it was the very ikon given to her at her baptism - the ikon which hung over her bed through her early childhood and to which, each night, she had said her prayers. It was the ikon to which she had prayed for deliverance on the night the Bolsheviks broke into her house, killing her father and mother, her brothers and sisters. It was the ikon she had gone back into the blazing house to rescue, and had carried with her through her long years as a refugee, her sole source of beauty and inspiration until hunger and cold had at last forced her to sell it for a few pennies. Even now, in her illness and despair, its sacred, fragile loveliness still haunted her dreams. The ikon had saved her life. The ikon was her life.

"'I see,' Queen Mary said, taking the ikon smartly back. 'Thank you so much for identifying it.'"

http://anecdotage.com/browse.php?category=people&who=Mary

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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #348 on: November 01, 2007, 11:51:00 AM »
I don't think it's particularly funny and I believe it's probably one of those apocryphal stories (sometimes untrue) to 'illustrate' the grasping nature of Queen Mary. A similar story has made the rounds regarding a photo frame variously attributed to Olga and Xenia both. I mean, who is this 'Princess' supposed to be who was also a cousin of the royal family? All the cousins were Grand Duchesses, not Princesses (unless you stretch it to include the daughters of Xenia or Grand Duchess George aka Greek Minny) and the description:

"It was the ikon to which she had prayed for deliverance on the night the Bolsheviks broke into her house, killing her father and mother, her brothers and sisters. It was the ikon she had gone back into the blazing house to rescue, and had carried with her through her long years as a refugee, her sole source of beauty and inspiration until hunger and cold had at last forced her to sell it for a few pennies. "

Who does this even describe? Certainly no Romanov I can think of.

It's stories like these, which seem to be completely false, which do so much damage and yet they keep getting repeated.
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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #349 on: November 01, 2007, 11:53:08 AM »
I hope this hasn't been posted, I found a funny anecdote on Queen Mary!

Queen Mary:

Toward the end of her life, Queen Mary (wife of George V) came to possess a Russian ikon of great beauty but unknown origin. A concerted effort was made to establish its provenance, to no avail...

"Then someone in her Household recollected that there was a Russian princess - a cousin of the British Royal Family - still living in the London suburb whither she had fled to escape the Bolsheviks in 1917. Possibly she would know something about the ikon. Queen Mary concurred and at once wrote to the Princess, inviting her to tea.
The Princess, who had lived 30 years in poverty and obscurity, resigned to the ostracism of her Windsor cousins, was overjoyed. Her joy increased at the tea party, as Queen Mary spoke to her kindly about her parents and relations and the dear dead days under the Tsar. At long last, her wanderings and loneliness seemed to have come to an end. Then Queen Mary brought out the ikon and asked if he knew anything about it.

"The Princess took the ikon and pressed it to her heart. She did, indeed, know something about it. She said it was the very ikon given to her at her baptism - the ikon which hung over her bed through her early childhood and to which, each night, she had said her prayers. It was the ikon to which she had prayed for deliverance on the night the Bolsheviks broke into her house, killing her father and mother, her brothers and sisters. It was the ikon she had gone back into the blazing house to rescue, and had carried with her through her long years as a refugee, her sole source of beauty and inspiration until hunger and cold had at last forced her to sell it for a few pennies. Even now, in her illness and despair, its sacred, fragile loveliness still haunted her dreams. The ikon had saved her life. The ikon was her life.

"'I see,' Queen Mary said, taking the ikon smartly back. 'Thank you so much for identifying it.'"

http://anecdotage.com/browse.php?category=people&who=Mary

Sounds very far fetched to me !!!!

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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #350 on: November 15, 2007, 01:55:17 PM »
Dear Poster,

My post go up and down as you probably noticed. My last post has been a while. But I don’t have the time to post that much like before. But here is one nice little letter written to Queen Mary by young Princess Elizabeth when she was five years old. So adorable and sweet, I just had to post them! (Maybe their where posted before, but a little of the same never hurt some body.) There is a link to the site of the BBC where you can read more about this letter to granny. And their are two other letters on the site to! So  here is the link and two nice pictures of a young princess Elizabeth in a carriage, with her mother, grandmother, little sister and dear aunt Marina.

Much greetings from the Netherlands, Royal Netherlands that is! ; )



 

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/5021174.stm

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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #351 on: November 18, 2007, 12:51:15 PM »
Lovely pictures thank you RN. This is a lovely one and I don't recognise the tiara either..

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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #352 on: November 19, 2007, 07:47:25 AM »
Lovely pictures thank you RN. This is a lovely one and I don't recognise the tiara either..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Queenmaryformalportrait.jpg

It's from the Cambridge sapphire parure, which came to her from Aunt Augusta and which she passed on to Marina.  There has been some discussion as to whether this tiara is still in the possession of the Kent family...........
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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #353 on: February 22, 2008, 06:00:36 PM »
How tall was May? She looked to be about 5'10 or so in her heydey.

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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #354 on: February 23, 2008, 04:46:14 PM »
Most accounts I've read of her height put her at about 5'7".

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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #355 on: February 23, 2008, 06:22:40 PM »
George V was 5'7", I believe, and I think they were the same height. She gave the impression of being taller than him because of her piled hair, erect carriage and the oft-present tiara or toque.
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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #356 on: February 24, 2008, 10:00:52 AM »


A lovely picture taken of darling 'May' around her engagement to George (I suppose), or maybe to his brother Albert Victor. Does anyone recognise the ring? Is it a engagement ring? Here is the link, fore a more closer look!
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f78/opzich/royalty/0208B078-1.jpg
Wishing al the best. From the Netherlands…

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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #357 on: February 24, 2008, 01:33:21 PM »
Based on some of the descriptions of her engagement rings, I don't think that it's one of them. However, it is very unusual to see Queen Mary so fully displaying her 'Wurttemberg hands'.
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Re: Queen Mary Pt 3
« Reply #358 on: February 25, 2008, 12:49:00 AM »
However, it is very unusual to see Queen Mary so fully displaying her 'Wurttemberg hands'.

And to our modern point of view I don't see anything wrong with these hands :). Seems Princesses Victoria and Maud were just snobs in this question when they were making fun of Mary's hands.

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« Reply #359 on: February 25, 2008, 01:22:43 AM »
The hands (or rather hand) look normal to me too - great photo of May!  Though I don't think Maud was involved in the disparaging comments about May - supposedly these were made by Louise and Toria.