* Coronation Tiaras *
Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood, wore the Harewood Scroll Tiara for the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey on 12 May 1937.
Bertie enjoying a picnic lunch!
Look at this l'il cutie sailor taking a big bite of cake (well, I hope it is cake!) <3
'Prince Albert the nurse frankly ignored to a degree which amounted virtually to neglect. So completely did she disregard his wants and comforts that he was frequently given his afternoon bottle while driving in a C-sprung Victoria [a doorless four-wheeled open carriage], a process not dissimilar from a rough Channel crossing -- and with corresponding results. It is not surprising that the baby developed chronic stomach trouble, which may well have laid the foundation for the gastric complaint from which he was later to suffer so acutely.'
Excerpt from King George VI, His Life and Reign, by John W. Wheeler-Bennett, 1958.
After poor Bertie went hungry and felt queasy for the first couple of years of his life, seeing photos of him (and his siblings) being able to eat lots of yummy food is just so precious :)
Prince Albert, Princess Mary, and (last photo) Prince Edward possibly with their --much loved & devoted-- new nanny Charlotte 'Lala' Bill. Snettisham Beach, Norfolk, c. 1901.
Photos courtesy of Royal Collections Trust.
“My darling Mama,
thank you and Papa very much for our dear telegram just received- I cannot tell you how much I hated saying good-bye to you, Papa and the brothers yesterday. First of all I feel I must thank you very much indeed for allowing me to marry Harry...”
- letter from Princess Mary to Queen Mary, on the first day of the former’s honeymoon with her new husband Henry, Viscount Lascelles.
Contrary to the popular that King George and Queen Mary were cold, unfeeling, undemonstrative parents; they were in fact very hands on, conscientious parents; particularly for young parents of the Victorian era, if strict at times. George would have his children come down and play in his study whilst he worked, would even bathe and rock his children to sleep, learning very early on that David in particular would calm instantly if he held his own gold pocket-watch to the baby’s ear. He would often ensure to express pride in his children over their achievements, though would not hesitate to pull them up when he felt they were being lazy. This is seen through Prince Harry’s report card one year in which Harry appeared bottom of the class. He received a very stern telling off from his father and promised to do better. Next report card showed an improvement, in which he was closer to the middle. King George was thrilled that his son was working harder. He truly didn’t care how well his children did, as long as they tried their best!
Queen Mary would read and educate her children, teaching them to do practical tasks such as crotchet and knit; resulting in efforts during the war where Prince David donated several blankets made by his own hand to be sent out as supplies. She would often take them on walks, even learnt the words to the ditty ‘Yes we have no bananas!’ which she would sing to David’s accompaniment on the Banjo (of all instruments)! David in particular adored his mother, “we used to have a lovely time together with her...”, they only drifted upon their disagreement over his abdication, though still kept in constant contact through letters.
As a family, they wrote frequently to one another (as often the young parents would embark on long tours, spending months at a time away from their children. Upon embarking on their tour to India in 1905, George and May, after waving goodbye to their children went down to their cabin and wept together over how much they would miss them). They often enclosing personal mementos with their letters, such as photographs, pressed flowers and postcards (example of which Princess Mary collected and compiled in large albums, encouraged by her father to do so).
Some example below of letters between Princess Mary (whom George affectionately called ‘his little butterfly’) and her parents when on their many tours:
“I hope you are quite well dear Mama, we shall be so pleased when you come home, we are going to hang our flags out of the house windows the day you come home. I send you and Papa a bear hug and a fat kiss.”
Princess Mary to the Duchess of York (later Queen Mary), 1901
“Many thanks for your dear letter and the nice piece of white heather which I shall keep…..I hope you have put all the postcards I sent you in your book, I thought they were very pretty.”
Prince of Wales (later King George V) to Princess Mary, 1903
“I was delighted to get your letter this morning…Your French is beautiful and your writing much improved. I am also pleased to hear that Mademoiselle is quite satisfied with you and that you are getting on well with your lessons…I am sure you could easily beat me at golf now as you have been playing so much lately.”
Letter from the Prince of Wales (later King George V) to Princess Mary, 1905
“Here we are in Cairo which is a most interesting place with many different things to see….Today we saw the Colossus of Ramesses II, a huge statue which unluckily has been broken and now lies on its back – we also saw some wonderful tombs. Only think, I actually rode a camel and rather liked it.”
Letter from the Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary) to Princess Mary, 1906
“Thank you very much for the postcards you sent me. I have got a lot now…Georgie sends you and Papa a kiss, we are all quite well, with lots of love and kisses, from Mary.”
Princess Mary to the Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary), 1906
100 years ago today: King George V and Queen Mary became grandparents for the first time. Their daughter Princess Mary and her husband Viscount Henry Lascelles welcomed a son, The Hon. George Lascelles. George would succeed his father as Viscount Lascelles and again succeed him as the Earl of Harewood.
Clover & Shamrock Tiaras
Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava’s Shamrock Tiara, 1860s
Mary-Louise MacKay’s Trefoil Arabesque Tiara by Boucheron, 1889
Diamond Trefoil Tiara by Boucheron, 1896
Princess Olga of Hanover’s Shamrock Tiara by Johann Wagner, circa 1900
Duchess of Genoa’s Clover Tiara, circa 1900
Prussian Clover Tiara by Koch 1906/1950 (the original was broken up to create this tiara and the one below)
Prussian Aquamarine Clover Tiara by Koch 1906/1950 (the original was broken up to create this tiara and the one above)
Jean Templeton Ward’s Diamond Clover Tiara by Cartier, 1910
Princess Mary, the Princess Royal’s Emerald Trefoil Tiara by Hunt & Roskell, 1922
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