the first waltz: a historical photoblog

Apr 18

(Source: worldofwindsor, via theroyal3)

Apr 18

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Princess Marie Jose of Belgium. 
Apr 18

Princess Marie Jose of Belgium. 

heavyarethecrowns:

With her father
Apr 17

heavyarethecrowns:

With her father

(via merrywivesofwindsor)

Apr 17

"My blood run cold when I think of her, placed on that very unsafe throne. The state of Russia is so bad, so rotten, that at any moment something dreadful might happen. And the wife of heir to the throne is in a most difficult and precarious position." - Queen Victoria

(Source: historyofromanovs, via withgodshelp)

Apr 17

tiarahair:

Princess Charlène of Monaco posing for Hola magazine.

i love the way it sits, this is such a beautiful piece!

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Apr 17

Diana, Princess of Wales. (1st July 1961 - 31st August 1997).

Now you belong to heaven and the stars spell out your name.

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Apr 17

In memory of Prince William’s hair.

R.I.P.

(Source: royal-family-album, via ladytudorrose)

femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)
This 1887 painting by William Quiller Orchardson reveals its story pretty immediately, especially in combination with its title: The First Cloud.
One of three paintings in a series depicting the perils of marriages of convenience, First Cloud shows the first spat between a wealthy man and his slightly younger wife.
The point isn’t particularly subtly made—according to Christie’s, the piece was displayed alongside a few lines of Tennyson:
"It is the little rift within the lute
That by-and-by will make the music mute.”
Yet the emotions of the scene are subtly conveyed, in the poses of the subjects and in the colors and the composition of the piece. To quote the Tate, “[t]he psychological rift that has grown between the couple is emphasized physically by the empty expanse of parquet flooring that separates them.”
Apr 17

femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)

This 1887 painting by William Quiller Orchardson reveals its story pretty immediately, especially in combination with its title: The First Cloud.

One of three paintings in a series depicting the perils of marriages of convenience, First Cloud shows the first spat between a wealthy man and his slightly younger wife.

The point isn’t particularly subtly made—according to Christie’s, the piece was displayed alongside a few lines of Tennyson:

"It is the little rift within the lute

That by-and-by will make the music mute.”

Yet the emotions of the scene are subtly conveyed, in the poses of the subjects and in the colors and the composition of the piece. To quote the Tate, “[t]he psychological rift that has grown between the couple is emphasized physically by the empty expanse of parquet flooring that separates them.”

(via kuntessa)

"At any moment I may be called before my Judge. I don’t want to be surprised, I want to see death come."

- Empress Maria Theresa, refusing to sleep, and died finally on the 29th of November, 1780; asserting her formidable will to the last. (via invictascientia)

(Source: olympesdiary.blogspot.com, via invictascientia)

Apr 17