Public service announcement:
Hi. I notice there has been some confusion over the Duke of Windsor and who that is or was or what.
^This is the Duke of Windsor. He briefly reigned as King in the U.K. in 1936. Then he abdicated and was given the title of Duke of Windsor. He had that title until he died in 1972. He was the only person ever in history to have that title. And yeah I mean the guy not his dog.
^This is not the Duke of Windsor. This is George VI, who was the Duke of Windsor’s younger brother. Yes I know they kinda look alike but that’s because they were brothers.
^This is also not the Duke of Windsor. You’d kinda think that guy would know considering he wrote a whole book but anyway yeah that’s Edward VII who was the Duke of Windsor’s grandfather and doesn’t even really look like him so this one I don’t get as much.
^ See this lady? This is the Duchess of Windsor, the Duke of Windsor’s wife. I say this because…
^ This is NOT the Duchess of Windsor. This is the Duchess of Cambridge AKA Kate Middleton who is married to the Duke of Cambridge, who is also not the Duke of Windsor by the way.
I hope this post has been informative! :)
British royals hunting tigers
Eww. A lot of hands are dirty on this one.
Oh! that boy. . . I never can or shall look at him without a shudder
Queen Victoria writing about her son, Prince Albert, later Edward VII (via royalwatcher)
Queen Alexandra and seven of her Grandchildren. c.1904:
Queen Alexandra holding Prince George, Prince Henry, Princess Alexandra, Prince Albert, Princess Maud, Prince Edward and Princess Mary.
LSK: Their outfits….ohmygod :3
Queen Alexandra was a keen photographer. Unusually, she actually exhibited her work in public in the Kodak exhibitions of 1902 and 1906 and in 1908, she worked with the Daily Telegraph to produce a book called Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book: Photographs from my camera, the proceeds from which were given to charities.
The above image depicts Sandringham in 1902, with Alexandra’s grandchildren (Edward VIII, George VI and Princess Mary) walking across the lawn. (Pure speculation but the woman might be Queen Mary if Alexandra took the photo?)
I wish it was bigger and it’s probably of little interest to anyone but me, but I love it. It’s so informal, which is so rare in photographs of royalty, or at least British royalty, from this period. It’s also just very… Englishy, somehow…
There’s more images from Alexandra’s book HERE, including a great shot of Queen Victoria caught by surprise I think.
LSK: Oh, lovely. I wish I can learn from her more about getting a good shot…
LSK: ”The Young Midshipmen greet their mother in the “Bacchante” “
A drawing of Queen Alexandra, then Princess of Wales, greets her two sons on their return home from a voyage to the West Indies in the “Bacchante”, in which they received their first experience of life in Navy.
LSK: Caricature of Edward VII. He looks kind of like a bobble head doll…
LSK: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864-1892)
Among the bordellos of Victorian Paris, Le Chabanais was the most exquisite, and the most lavish. Over the years this ‘maison de tolerance’ — the word ‘brothel’ was considered too tawdry — saw visitors as illustrious as Humphrey Bogart, Mae West and Cary Grant.
But in the 1880s, one of its principal clients was the future King Edward VII, then known to everyone as ‘Bertie’, the playboy Prince of Wales.
Each of the establishment’s 30 rooms had its own theme, such as Moorish, Louis XIV and ancient Roman — but Bertie’s favourite was the Hindu room.
For there lived an extraordinary contraption, a testament to the Prince’s insatiable lust and to his immense corpulence. Known romantically as a ‘siege d’amour’, or love-seat, this chair allowed the distinctly unathletic Bertie to have his way with two women simultaneously, all with the minimum of effort.
Dude, when you’re so out-of-shape you need a special chair to have sex it’s time to start working out.
[Post by Mary]
“I feel sorry for Queen Alexandra, nee Princess Alexandra of Denmark. She was ‘the perfect princess,’ mother of his healthy five children, and supporting him to the end, and her thanks for it all was a lifetime of humiliation in the face of his flagrant philandering.” — Submitted by Anonymous
Agreed. Back then that was just part of the deal if you were royal, sadly.