Friday, December 2, 2022

The Prince of Wales - Huff Post article & meets the President

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The Prince of Wales has written an article for Huff Post about Earthshot and climate change.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Mail Call

Estelle Manville marries Folke Bernadotte

December 1, 1928

Miss Estelle Romaine Manville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Edward Manville, was married today to Count Folke Bernadotte of Wisborg, a nephew of King Gustaf V of Sweden. This was "one of the most brilliant society gatherings in recent years," according to the New York Times. The couple was married in the "small, ivy-covered Episcopal Church of St. John in Pleasantville, New York.
The church's interior "sparkled as decorations, jewels and dress uniforms flashed in the light of hundreds of candles."

All modern lighting was shut off for the ceremony, and "red candles in sconces cast a soft glow over the scene."
A reception at the Manvilles' country home, Hi-Esmarco, where 1000 guests awaited the bride and groom. Only 250 guests attended the wedding service.
More than 2000 people, many of whom had known Miss Manville since her childhood, stood outside of the church. More than 2000 more people lined the mile-and-a-quarter route between Hi-Esmarco and the church.

Count Folke's wedding present to his bride was a diamond tiara, which she wore on top of the veil. King Gustav's gift was a large diamond and pearl brooch.

The wedding took place at 4 p.m., and the guests were all in their seats when the wedding party arrived. Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden served as the best man for his cousin.

Lohengrin's wedding march was sung by two choirs as the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. It was a single-ring ceremony, and the word "obey" was omitted from the service.

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 The bride wore a princess gown "of ivory-colored transparent velvet, having a long fish-train train with a panel down the center of wide Venetian point lace," which had been in the bride's family for years. The train part of the skirt was bordered with seed pearls.

Instead of a wreath of orange blossoms, the bride wore a nine-pointed coronet of diamonds, which was made by the Swedish court jeweler. Estelle will wear this coronet when she is presented to the Swedish court in January. 

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 The "superb veil of old Brussels lace, mellowed with age to a deep ivory color," belonged Count Folke, who inherited from his grandmother, Queen Sophia. The bride carried a sheaf of calla lilies tied with a silk ribbon, and around her neck was a diamond and pearl pendant.

 The Count and Countess will spend their honeymoon in the United States. Tomorrow, they will attend a White House luncheon hosted by President and Mrs. Coolidge. Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf and other members of the Swedish royal family will also attend. Christmas will be spent at Hi-Esmarco, and then the Count and Countess will go to Stockholm, where they will live.


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

A visit to Boston

 One of my Twitter followers, Meg Kribble shared with me her photos, taken with her phone, of the Prince and Princess of Wales today in Boston.  It was pouring rain during the ceremony.  The Prince and Princess of Wales will be in Boston until Friday.

Meg Kribble is the copyright holder of the photos

Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Ornaments

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While browsing for something else, I discovered several Queen Elizabeth II Christmas ornaments.  I bought one at Barnes & Noble.

Here is a selection of ornaments that are available through Amazon and  I have the Cody Foster ornament that I bought at Barnes & Noble. (Foster also made a younger Queen ornament, but not found it.) The Queen was staring at me as I was looking for a book.  

I have the Kurt Adler ornament on order. This ornament was released to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee.

The Adler ornament is not available on, but it is for sale through Wayfair, Walmart, eBay and many other sites.  Use Kurt Adler Queen Elizabeth ornament in a web browser search box.

These and other ornaments you may find and purchase do not need to be on a Christmas tree.  You can put the ornaments with other royal collectibles that you already have or just want to have a treasure that commemorates the late Queen.

This is the younger Queen from Cody Foster.  Not an Amazon. 

If you order any of these ornaments through the Amazon links - and continue shopping in Amazon or Every penny goes toward an Amazon gift card. Thanks!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Prince Joachim & Princess Marie moving to the DMV?

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 Prince Joachim, the younger son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and his family will be moving to the Washington, D.C. area in early fall 2023.  According to the Danish newspaper, B.T, the Prince will be starting a new job in the defense industry.

The prince is currently working as a defense attaché at the Danish Embassy in Paris.   A few weeks ago, he spoke to Billed-Bladet about his job in Paris.  "It's a fantastic job, but it ends this summer, that's all."   In the interview, he also alluded to a new position n the defense industry. 

"It's not something you leave behind, it must be kept going. and the forging must be done while the iron is hot," he said.

The new job will take him to the Washington, D.C. area, perhaps Northern Virginia.  The Pentagon is located in Arlington,  just across the river from D.C.  There are also numerous defense firms in Northern Virginia.    There is also affordable housing (for Prince Joachim and his family) in Fairfax County, especially in McLean and Great Falls.  

Prince Joachim's military studies began in 2019 at  Prince Joachim at "France's highest-ranked military education at the Center des Hautes Études Militaires (CHEM) and the Institut des Hautes Études de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN) in Paris," according to B.T.   He is also a colonel in the Danish Reserves.

After a tumultuous few months, following Queen Margrethe's decision to remove the royal titles from Prince Joachim's four children,  the prince told BT that "communication with the royal family has been restored,  

"There is a lot to work on," he said.  "Communication what was missing.  Now we have met and we are on the right track."

The prince's four children, Nikolai, Felix,  Henrik, and Athena will lose their royal titles on January 1, 2023.  They will be styled as Count Nikolai, Count Felix, Count Henrik, and Countess Athena de Montpezat,  

His two elder sons are from Joachim's first marriage to Hong Kong-born Alexandra Manley.   His second wife, Marie (nee Cavallier) is French.

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 Prince Joachim and Princess Marie have lived in Paris since 2019.  Since October 2021, the princess has been the Special Culture Representative at the Danish Embassy in Paris.

In their interview with BT, the couple emphasized that they were not going to leave the Royal Family.  "We have never had any doubts about it.  I hope no one doubts that,"  Princess Marie said.

Prince Joachim acknowledged: "That's exactly what we do after all.  In each of our positions, we are representatives of Denmark and Danish interests.  And the Royal House.  And Royal House interests."

This is not a permanent move to the United States.  Prince Joachim expects to stay in the new job for a limited amount of time before taking on another position in his chosen field.

BT noted: "although France and Denmark have close cooperation, the United States is, as you know, Denmark's most important ally when it comes to defense."

It is unlikely that the prince and princess will enroll their two young children in the Fairfax County school system if they settle in Northern Virginia (even though the public school system is excellent).  The DMV has several renowned international schools, including the Rochambeau French International School and the British International School.

It is possible that the prince's new job will be in Washington. D.C. which means settling into a new home in one of the capital's finer neighborhoods, especially in northwest D.C.  

The DMV is a great area to live and work.  Excellent restaurants. theatre, museums, sports -- if Prince Joachim and his family want to take in a baseball game I know the perfect person to sit next to him.

Prince Joachim has family living in the United States.  His second cousin, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, lives in the Miami area with her husband.  Princess Martha of Norway, who is Joachim's fourth cousin, lives in southern California with her fiancé, Durek Verrett.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Portrait of the Queen documentary in selected movie theaters on 11-30


This coming Wednesday (November), a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II will be shown in movie theatres (AMC, Regal throughout the United States.   Portrait of the Queen "offers an original portrayal of the story of The Queen from a totally new perspective: through the most intense, amazing, revealing photographic portraits of her, as shared by the extraordinary photographers who accompanied and often created the image of the British monarchy itself."

One show, one night only, November 30, 2022,of%20the%20British%20monarchy%20itself.

I have my ticket.  Do you have yours?

Friday, November 25, 2022

The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I was in New York City last weekend to visit a friend. On Saturday, we headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England, which runs through January 8.

I used my iPad to take photos.  I have not been able to load the photos in order from start to finish.  

Sir Thomas More
The Armada Portrait which is at Hardwick Hall

This is the final portrait in the exhibit: the Prince of Wales (Henry) son of James I

Queen Mary I

One of the first portraits - Henry VII

Edward VI
From Hardwick Hall

The Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (Hatfield House)

This exhibit is superb.  I spent more than an hour in the exhibit, taking my time to appreciate every portrait.

The eponymous catalog is available in a hardcover edition.