Christenings and Weddings and Jubliees Oh My!! ~ Royalty thread #3

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by AragornElessar, May 21, 2012.

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  1. Garden Kitty

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    There is a US site, so there isn't usually a need to order from the overseas except that the Jubilee tea is apparently only sold on the UK site.
     
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    A bit off topic, but since this crowd loves tiaras and jewels, I wondered what everyone thought of the ring that Facebook multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg picked out for his bride.

    I know he's not a flashy guy, but I'm surprised at how generic it is. I'm sure the quality's there, but it looks like something you could get at any run of the mill jewelry store at the mall.
     
  5. skatesindreams

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    It does; although he reportedly "designed" it.
    I don't think they care about "ostentation" at all.
     
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    I'd be more curious as to why Charles and Camilla weren't there, since Princess Victoria and Prince Charles are both first in line to the throne. Prince William's counterpart is Princess Estelle, not Princess Victoria.

    Just from the pictures of her that have been circulating, she doesn't seem like someone who's into bling. Also, she's a doctor, and a huge ring might not be convenient for her to wear at work. He may have given her other jewelry for all we know, or maybe they'd just spend money on other things.
     
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    According to this article the value depends on the quality of the stone, but the stone could go from anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of too blingy engagement rings and prefer a simple solitaire. So if anything that ring was too much for me (do I have to leave this thread now for admitting that? :shuffle: )
     
  8. Jenny

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    I don't like too much flash either, and if you have a good quality stone, it should be the "star" of the piece and not overwhelmed by to many competing stones and design details.

    I just think Mrs Zuckerberg's ring looks like something out of a catalogue. :shuffle:

    Obviously it has to be about her preferences and style and not mine :lol: but if it were me, I would have liked a really top quality ruby or other stone (even if not large) in a simple setting rather than that ring.
     
  9. AragornElessar

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    Yankee Anglophiles ALERT!!!

    CNN has released it's Diamond Jubilee broadcasting info!!!

    Personally, although I had NO problem getting up at 5am for the Royal Wedding coverage, I am quite happy that the Thames River Pageant kicks off a bit later in the day. ;)

    :cheer2: Wheeeee! The DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND approacheth!!!! :cheer2:
     
  11. nerdycool

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    Exactly. And not a design I'd pick for an engagement/wedding ring. Just a regular ring, perhaps. But if that's what she likes, then who am I to judge?
     
  12. Jenny

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    We're not judging, we're offering critique. :lol:
     
  13. AragornElessar

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    Back to happenings at the Palace...A very special moment in History took place this week. Not to mention an incredable moment of great pride for us Canadians...

    Telegraph ~ Queen guarded by Canadian Mounties today

    One *big* boo boo in that thing though...

    This was talked about on all of the major newscasts on Wednesday and they were all wearing their distinctive red serge Ceremonial Dress Uniforms while on duty outside the Palace. Now the blue ones mentioned, they did wear those for training and the final rehershal, but when it came to showtime, the Mounties looked just like what everyone thinks a Mountie should like. :)

    Another bit of History...First time a female officer has taken part as the Ceremonial Guard.

    I can't imagine how Canadians in London felt on Wednesday and today seeing the RCMP taking part. Must have just been such an amazing moment for them. :D
     
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    Well, I think it's beautiful, and I would wear it any day. So there.:)
     
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    I know but I remember that the media in Germany reported William and Harry didn't attend because they were in South Africa.
    I guess the reason is the same for all concerned?
     
  16. AragornElessar

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    To mark HM's Diamond Jubliee, The Royal Archives have released Queen Victoria's Journals online for all to see and go through.

    Queen Victoria's Journals

    I can't *wait* to start going through them. :D

    Also...The Official Pictures from Princess Estelle's Christening have been released and can be seen over at the Swedish RF's website. I can't seem to get the blasted thing to load for me for some reason and I finally gave up trying to see them after try number seven. Good Luck to everyone else who tries to see them.
     
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    Thanks for that link AragornElessar, my Dad was in the Musical Ride, but just missed out on the coronation due to health reasons. My Godfather was part of the contingent though, and was invited back for the Queens Silver Jubilee.
     
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    I've bookmarked the link.
    I can already tell that there is much for me to enjoy!
     
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    That account of the Coronation is amazing!
     
  21. IceAlisa

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    'Lilibet' is an adorable nickname. It's what a toddler would come up with if they had trouble with 'Elizabeth'.
     
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    I think that's actually how it came to be - HM couldn't pronounce it properly when she was little. :lol:

    I've mentioned this book before in the libro thread, but I highly recommend Marion Crawford's "The Little Princesses" - she was the nursemaid to both Elizabeth and Margaret and the book covers their childhood up through Charles' birth. Sadly, "Crawfie" was basically exiled from the family for exposing so much of their privacy, but it really is a fascinating read. Just adorable little anecdotes, one after another. :)
     
  23. AragornElessar

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    I have The Little Princesses and it is a shame Crawfie was exiled for writing it, as it truly is a love letter to the Royal Family. There's nothing in it whatsoever scandalous and is just a book about a Family in extraordinary circumstances. The love she felt for all of them just shines through the pages.

    I do remember reading about her first meeting w/the then Princess Elizabeth of York and how she was in her bed w/belts (IIRC) around the bedframe and she was "driving" her team of horses through the Park. All I could think was how not surprised I was about that. :D
     
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    I have this book as well, and agree. Although I do understand why the RF was upset... at that point, they were very private people, their status notwithstanding. To have someone write about your private life without your permission, even if you are a public figure, well, I can see why she was shunned.
     
  25. AragornElessar

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    Oh, I understand why they shunned her and the times were indeed far different from today. Still, it is a shame because it truly is, as I said, a book written w/much love and affection poured into it.

    edited to add...Found this while going over various links tonight.

    TV New Zealand ~ Princess reveals Queen's private side

    I just thought what a lovely and sweet thing of Eugenie to both think and say about her Grandmother and how she must feel about missing her sister. Especially this year.
     
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    With all this to work with, I', even more surprised at how shallow and superficial the new "Victoria Revealed" exhibit at Kensington Palace is. I'm not a Victoria scholar by any means and there was very little there that I didn't already know. In fact, the most interesting thing for me were the two dresses in the first room: the mourning dress (once black, now faded to a magnificent bronze)she was wearing when she was first told that she was queen, and her wedding dress with the stunning lacework. While I understand the need to keep the lighting dim to preserve the artifacts, they should either have focussed the lights better so that the cards labelling items weren't in darkness or handed out penlight flashlights to visitors. Also, it's a real shame that they'd stripped the furniture from most of the rooms, thus removing all semblance of the Palace as a dwelling place. Even the tiny display of five of Diana's gowns felt flat and souless to me. Except for the delightful young man selling tickets (whose enthusiastic greetings and welcomes to everyone made everyon in the line smile) and two of the older guides stationed in the museum, even the emplyees seemed bored.
     
  29. AragornElessar

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    That's a shame zaphyre, as you'd think they'd put more effort into it. So envious though you got to see those gowns. As most here know, I knit, crochet, embroider and do counted cross stitch, so to be able to see those gowns would just be such a highlight for me. Especially Victoria's Wedding Gown. The lacework on it must just be beyond exquisite.

    What were the five dresses of Diana's that were on display?

    I can't wait to watch the interview w/William and Harry tonight. Need to double check the time and get the DVR rev'ed up and ready. :D
     
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