the first waltz: a historical photoblog

sparkle316:

sarahfergieduchessofyork:

Unpopular opinion: 80s fashion was beautiful. Loud, crazy, obnoxious, hell yeah. Bring it on. 
Oh and Sarah, girl, way to rock the white gloves. The Queen must have been so proud. :)

I actually really like this dress!
Apr 23

sparkle316:

sarahfergieduchessofyork:

Unpopular opinion: 80s fashion was beautiful. Loud, crazy, obnoxious, hell yeah. Bring it on. 

Oh and Sarah, girl, way to rock the white gloves. The Queen must have been so proud. :)

I actually really like this dress!

(Source: heavyarethecrowns, via juaniandtheroyals)

deutschemark:

indypendentroyalty:

King Leopold and Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, 1924

Generalfeldmarschall Prince Leopold of Bavaria and his nephew, Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, at the inauguration of the War Memorial in Munich, 1924
Apr 23

deutschemark:

indypendentroyalty:

King Leopold and Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, 1924

Generalfeldmarschall Prince Leopold of Bavaria and his nephew, Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, at the inauguration of the War Memorial in Munich, 1924

(via modernmonarchist)

abbeysandpriories:

Lady Diana’s mother, Frances arriving at St Margaret’s Westminster on her wedding day
Apr 23

abbeysandpriories:

Lady Diana’s mother, Frances arriving at St Margaret’s Westminster on her wedding day

(Source: revivalphotography, via misshonoriaglossop)

Apr 23

thegetty:

She is a bit unusual for an ancient bronze. 

Can you see why?

Her glass-paste inlaid eyes have survived from antiquity, an extremely rare feat for bronze portraits. 

Bust of a Woman, 25 B.C.-A.D. 25, Roman. Bronze and glass paste. The J. Paul Getty Museum

(via revista-historia)


Princes Edward and Andrew playing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, 8 March 1966.
Apr 23

Princes Edward and Andrew playing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, 8 March 1966.

(Source: royallymonroe)


Prince Charles gives his brother, Prince Edward, a ride around the grounds of Windsor Castle, with Princess Anne pictured in the background. 
12 May 1969.
Apr 23

Prince Charles gives his brother, Prince Edward, a ride around the grounds of Windsor Castle, with Princess Anne pictured in the background.

12 May 1969.

(Source: royallymonroe)

royaltyandpomp:

THE FAMILY
HH.RR.HH. Crown Princes Olav and Martha of Norway, and Princes Ragnhild, Harald and Astrid of Norway
Apr 23

royaltyandpomp:

THE FAMILY

HH.RR.HH. Crown Princes Olav and Martha of Norway, and Princes Ragnhild, Harald and Astrid of Norway

Apr 23

myvictorians:

Queen consort Catherine of England

Catherine of Valois (27 October 1401 – 3 January 1437) was the Queen consort of England from 1420 until 1422. She was the daughter of Charles VI of France, wife of Henry V of England, mother of Henry VI of England, and through her secret marriage with Owen Tudor, the grandmother of Henry VII of England. Catherine’s older sister Isabella was queen of England from 1396until 1399, as the child bride of Richard II.

Catherine of Aragon (Castilian: Catalina de Aragón; Aragonese: Catarina d’Aragón; 16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) was Queen of England from 1509 until 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII; she was previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Prince Arthur.

Catherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was Queen of England from 1540 until 1541, as the fifth wife of Henry VIII; sometimes known by his reference to her as his “rose without a thorn”.

Catherine Parr (Katherine, Katharine, Kateryn, Katheryne or Kathrine; 1512[1] – 5 September 1548) was Queen of England from 1543 until 1547, as the last of the six wives of King Henry VIII. She married him on 12 July 1543, and outlived him. She was also the most-married English queen, with four husbands, and the first English queen to be titled “Queen of Ireland”.

Catherine of Braganza (Portuguese: Catarina Henriqueta de Bragança; 25 November 1638 – 31 December 1705) was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685, as the wife of King Charles II.

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Apr 23

an-empress-in-our-midsts:

 ♔ imperial russia meme  ♔ grand duchess ~ [2/9]

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolayevna of Russia (O.S.) 29 May 1897 ~ 17 July 1918 (N.S.) was the second daughter of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and Princess Alix of Hesse.

Before the war Tatiana had seemed to have all the makings of a coquette, for, unlike Olga, she was very self-conscious about her appearance, had the figure of a manikin  and longed to have the fine clothes and beautiful jewels of fashionable Saint Petersburg ladies. ‘Any frock, no matter how old, looked well on her,’ recalled Iza Buxhoeveden: ‘she knew how to put on her clothes, was admired and liked admiration.’ ‘She was a Grand Duchess from head to toe, so aristocratic and regal was she’, recalled Svetlana Ofrosimova. From the first, Tatiana was quite different from heart-on-sleeve Olga, and that set her apart from her sisters. It was a though she had inside her her own completely private, distinctive, world. But it was one that Tatiana never allowed to intrude on her practical skills as a nurse and her devotion to duty. ~ Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses by Helen Rappaport

If Olga was closest to her father, Tatiana, eighteen months younger than Olga, was closest to Alexandra. In public and in private, she surrounded her mother with unwavering attention. The tallest, slenderest and most elegant of the sisters, she had rich auburn hair and deep gray eyes. She was organized, energetic and purposeful and held strong opinions. ‘You felt she was the daughter of an Emperor,’ declared an officer of the Imperial Guard. In public, Grand Duchess Tatiana regularly outshone her older sister. Her piano technique was better than Olga’s although she practiced less and cared less. With her good looks and self-assurance, she was far more anxious than Olga to go out into society. Among the five children, it was Tatiana who made the decisions. ~ Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie. 

Tatiana Nikolayevna was to my mind prettier than her sisters. She was taller even than the Empress but she was so slight and well proportioned that her great height was not remarkable. She had fine regular features recalling pictures of ancestresses who had been famous beauties She had dark hair a rather pale complexion and wide apart light brown eyes that gave her a poetic far away look not quite in keeping with her character. This was a mixture of exactness, thoroughness and perseverance, with leanings towards poetic and abstract ideas. She was closest in sympathy to her mother, and was the definite favorite of both her parents. She was completely unselfish, always ready to give up her own plans to go for a walk with her father, to read to her mother, to do anything that was wanted… She had a less strong character than Olga Nikolaevna, whose lead she would always follow, but she could make up her mind in an emergency quicker than her elder sister, and never lost her head. ~ The Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorovna by Sophie Buxhoeveden 

(Source: the-lost-empires, via theironduchess)

queensofias:

Princess Anne and Prince Charles in April of 1954."In November 1953 The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh left for the Commonwealth tour which they had abandoned in Kenya the year before, owing to the death of King George VI. In this photograph, taken in April 1954, Adams has introduced a measuring stick to show the progress of Prince Charles and Princess Anne’s height during their parents’ absence. The photographs from these sittings were sent out to The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh."
Apr 23

queensofias:

Princess Anne and Prince Charles in April of 1954.

"In November 1953 The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh left for the Commonwealth tour which they had abandoned in Kenya the year before, owing to the death of King George VI. In this photograph, taken in April 1954, Adams has introduced a measuring stick to show the progress of Prince Charles and Princess Anne’s height during their parents’ absence. The photographs from these sittings were sent out to The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh."

(via royal-windsor)