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all other blue bloods of history save ‘Toinette.

remembering the queen mum

on the anniversary of the beloved dowager queen’s death, let’s revel in the good times past:  the Duke & Duchess of York 1927.  mother-and-daughter both hail in new coronation halos, 1937.  marriage of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon to Prince Albert, Duke of York, … Continue reading

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15 minutes with Empress Farah

a 60 minutes interview with Farah Pahlavi while she was still Shahbanu of Iran. Continue reading

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the Curse of Charlotte of Belgium

Charlotte of Belgium, aka Carlota Empress of Mexico levied a curse upon the 3 most powerful royal dynasties in Europe in retaliation for the execution of her husband, Emperor Maximilian of Mexico Continue reading

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tiara time! Farah’s Seven Emerald Tiara

As Emeralds in May winds to a close, but it wouldn’t be complete without a salute to Shabadu Farah, wife of the last Shah of Iran. In the parlance of our times, the Persian Empire has been stupid with priceless gems … Continue reading

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Palacio Riofrío: his majesty’s sausage factory

Yet another fact omnipotent Wikipedia missed in the ‘Palacio Riofrío’ entry. Carlos IV of Spain was an accomplished sausage-maker.  The King of Spain was prolific with his charcuterie output in this Royal residence near Segovia at the foot of la Sierra Madrileña. … Continue reading

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today in stamps

That’s not how we typically begin a post but we’ve had stamps on here before as many a Royal Highness’ likeness had graced postage paid. To nobody’s surprise, the monarch to grace the first stamp ever–in the world–was Queen Victoria. … Continue reading

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Happy Wedding Anniversary, Prince Rainier & Princess Grace!

Fifty-nine years ago, in accordance with the Napoleonic Code of Monaco, Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly celebrated their civil ceremony in the throne room of Palace Monaco. The ceremony lasted 16 minutes. Afterwards there was a small, informal … Continue reading

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