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ENGLAND FAMILY PORTRAITS PART II

Princess Mary of Cambridge: known as “Fat Mary” within the family. She was the mother of Queen Mary. Queen Alexandra of England on the day of her coronation with page-boys carrying her train. Queen Alexandra of England taking a photograph with her Kodak of my father, Christopher, with Marie Bonaparte, the Grand Duke Dimitri with…

Lady Ferrers

THE WICKED LADY FERRERS

Andrew Perry was furious. On one December morning in 1970, Perry, the owner of the only stable in the region that rented its horses out to holiday-goers, discovered that somebody had broken into his stable during the night, saddled his black horse and went riding with it, exhausting it to such an extent that when…

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THE STONE OF DESTINY

There is an object that goes by the name of the ‘stone of destiny’. It is a rather large, dark grey stone that has been carved into a block and has no ornamentation or inscription on it. It had been custom to use this stone during the coronation ceremonies of the old Kings of Scotland…

ENGLAND FAMILY PORTRAITS PART ONE

    Alexandra of Denmark, Princess of Wales, future Queen of England. Queen Alexandra of England with her daughter, Princess Victoria. Behind her is her great friend Hélène of Orléans, the Duchess of Aosta.   Several of Queen Victoria’s grandchildren. Around the eldest, Princess Alice, the future Grand Duchess of Hesse.   Opening of paliament…

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THE MAN WHO WANTED TO BLOW UP THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

My number one hero is a man called Guy Fawkes. He was an Englishman who, at the start of the 17th century, quite simply wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, along with all the members and the king, present for the opening session. Alas, he failed, because the plot was revealed…

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The Burial of Anne Boleyn

No historic monument in Britain is more visited than the Tower of London. Millions of tourists flock there to see the Crown Jewels, the Yeomen, or « Beefeaters », in their unique renaissance uniforms, and the famous ravens who, as legend would have it, have witnessed so many historical events throughout the centuries.Before becoming a museum, the…

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The dog and the British airways

During the 70’s, there was an Anglo-Saxon millionaire who split her time between London and New York. She was British Airways best client, the company coddled and pampered her to no end. One day, she called the airline and requested that they transport her dog, a tiny Pekinese, from London to New York.  She then…

SIR WILLIAM WYNDHAM

Towards the end of the 17th century Sir William Wyndham passed through Saint Mark’s Square in Venice in a carriage. At the very end of the square, a curious gathering was held; there were more people than usual. As he stopped his carriage to find out what was going on, he spotted a charlatan who…

The Wife of George IV

When the Prince of Wales, the future George IV of England, saw Princess Caroline of Brunswick for the first time he fainted. He was horrified by the fat, red-faced German he was destined to marry.  On top of that, he would have to abandon his attractive mistress, Mrs. Fitzherbert, who he had in fact secretly…

Blickling Hall, The Beheaded Queen

Blickling Hall, that sumptuous estate in Norfolk, is supposedly haunted by Anne Boleyn, the queen beheaded by her ghastly husband, Henry VIII. In reality, she never lived at Blickling Hall, but the home did belong to her family. Queen Anne is said to appear each year on the anniversary of her tragic death. The conservators…