From Helen Rappaport’s Four Sisters: “Every morning Olga and Tatiana were tasked with changing the dressings of three or four patients each (though this increased as the war went on and the numbers of wounded went up) as well as undertaking the many menial tasks required of them – rolling bandages, preparing swabs, boiling the silk thread for stitching, and machining bed linen. At one o'clock they would return home for lunch and in the afternoon if the weather was fine they would sometimes go out for a brief walk, a bike ride, or a drive with their mother, but most often they returned to the hospital to spend time with the wounded, chatting, playing board games or pin-pong with them and in the summer months croquet in the garden with those who could walk. Often they simply sat knitting or sewing items for refugees and war orphans while the soldiers chatted to them; sometimes they went off and sneaked a cigarette in their rest room. Always, inevitably, the cameras would be taken out at every opportunity and photographs taken of themselves with their wounded officers and friends. Some of these were later reproduced as postcards sold to raise funds for war relief. Other photographs the girls carefully pasted into albums and shared with the wounded later. . . . In the evenings some of the men gathered round the piano in the common room and sang – which Olga and Tatiana particularly enjoyed – but the best days were festivals or holidays, when they would be joined by Maria and Anastasia, and sometime even Alexey. On evenings when they went back home earlier the girls would often end up telephoning the hospital for one last chat with their favorites.”
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A slew of intimate insights & anecdotes about the royal family is coming to light.
For new documentary ‘The Story of the Royals’, people who’ve spent time up close with the Windsors got candid about their experiences. Get a taste with these juicy quotes & photos, then watch the documentary on ABC, Aug 22-23.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👑Patrick Jephson (Princess Diana’s Press Secretary)👑⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On the profound effect Diana had on him: He found her “intimidating as a princess & statuesque figure, yet fabulously warm, approachable, funny & quick. [She] … seemed to bathe you in a kind of golden light. There was a freedom about her that was both uplifting & inspiring & … made you want to go out & slay dragons for her.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀👑Lady Jane Rayne Lacey (Maid of Honor at the Queen’s Coronation)👑⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On her impressions of Queen Elizabeth II on coronation day: “[She] was extraordinary. So calm, so serene. When I arrived, 4 girls were hooking this train onto her shoulders. She turned round with a beaming smile & said, ‘Ready, girls?’ It wasn’t until we got in the Abbey that I realized the enormity of it. How huge it was, how beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
At the palace, we had a wonderful tea. The Queen said she couldn’t have asked for 6 better girls [for] the job.”⠀⠀⠀
👑David Wiseman (Invictus Games Capt.)👑 Himself an injured vet, Wiseman has been working with Prince Harry to make the Invictus Games a reality since 2012. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
On Harry’s special bond with service men & women: “[He] really becomes himself around vets. He can speak openly. I mean, he [has] a cheeky side. He likes a joke, he likes his banter. There are few situations he can let that shine & one of those is [with] the lads. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He had a vision for the Invictus Games & when he’s got a vision … he drives people toward [it]. For a year & a half we ate, breathed & slept Invictus Games.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Consider this a post sneak preview to the satisfying main event. There’s so much good stuff on the way!👑❤️
Интересный факт, что официальным титулом главы страны является не "Король Бельгии", а "Король бельгийцев"☝🏻
Тем самым подчеркивается связь монархии и народа 👑🤝👨🏽🌾👩🏻⚕️👨🏼🚒👩🏼🍳
Королевство Бельгия - самое молодое в Европе. Годом рождения бельгийской монархии считается 1830 год. Тогда, в результате революции, Бельгия отделилась от Нидерландов и стала независимым государством.
Бельгийцы в 1831 году сознательно не выбрали первым королем своего соотечественника, а предпочли иностранца.
Новый монарх должен был стать компромиссной фигурой, призванной сглаживать противоречия образовавшегося государства, а не представлять интересы одной этнической группы или политической силы.
Граждане хотели видеть на троне «короля бельгийцев», а не авторитарную фигуру «короля Бельгии». И выбор пал на кандидата из маленького немецкого герцогства – Леопольда Саксен-Кобург-Гототского, известного как Леопольд I. При нем активно развивалась экономика и процветала культура страны. Любили Леопольда, в общем 🤴🏻💕 и по сей день глубоко почитают.
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“Après nous le déluge”
~Madame De Pompadour~
Après nous le déluge, means, After me the flood. Apparently, Madame De Pompadour is said to have said this to comfort King Louis XV after France suffered a defeat at the hands of the Prussians in the Battle of Rossbach in 1757. The actual quote she supposedly said was, “au reste, après nous, le Déluge,” which translates to, “besides, after us the flood.” An alternative form, attributed to Louis himself, is "Après moi, le déluge" ("After me, the flood"). Quite a few people have used this quote after them throughout history, but I always find it interesting that it’s credited to one of my favorite ladies in history.
Madame De Pompadour is very interesting, so before I post a mini bio about her, here are so fun facts: •Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, aka Madame De Pompadour, was born on 29 December 1721 in Paris. She was a member of the French court and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to 1751. •During her time at court, she created a sphere of influence that included the decorative arts, architecture, fashion, entertainment and politics. Pompadour developed a distinctive French style during this period, which was considered the height of refined taste, and still lingers today as a defining aspect of French culture. •Pompadour became a patron to men of science and letters, encouraging the king to hire Voltaire as the court historiographer, and championing the first French encyclopedia. Her personal library held more than 3,500 volumes. •She was involved in everything from designing the Place de la Concorde in Paris, to court affairs and foreign policy. •Around 1730, when she was around 9 years old, her mother took her to a fortuneteller, Madame de Lebon, who predicted that the girl would one day reign over the heart of a King. Henceforth she became known as “Reinette”, meaning "little queen", and was groomed to become the mistress of Louis XV. •She was extremely well educated. Much like Anne Boleyn, she was taught to be well educated and hold a conversation, which is one of the things that attracted Louis to her.
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