Like I mentioned in the post on Philippa of England, we’re continuing our coincidental trend of covering Britain’s ties to Sweden. Today we’re taking a look at a much more recent individual: Margaret of Connaught, Crown Princess of Sweden. A granddaughter of Queen Victoria and first cousin of the more famous Queen Maud of Norway, Margaret’s tenure in the Swedish Royal Family was tragically cut short by her early death before World War II, though her husband remarkably married yet another British woman, Lady Louise Mountbatten.
By the “union of Tudor and Stuart” I don’t mean that of England and Scotland, but rather the marriage that facilitated the eventual consolidation of power in James I in 1603 and the later formation of the concept of “Britain.” All of that was a long time in the making and it stemmed from the union of King James IV of Scotland and England’s Princess Margaret Tudor in 1503.
The alliance came together in the Treaty of Perpetual Peace signed on January 24, 1502 at Richmond Palace. The treaty was the first between the two countries in roughly 170 years and it ended what had become nearly two centuries of warfare – that said, it was England and Scotland, so even that two centuries needs to be put in the context of several more of bloody battles over sovereignty.
For those that saw the finale of the ITV series “Victoria,” you saw the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s first child. That infant would grow up to be one of the most accomplished princesses that the UK ever turned out, one groomed to take on the role of bridge between Britain and Germany and hopefully facilitate an understanding between the two growing empires.
That she failed was through no fault of her own, but rather a series of developments neither she nor her parents foresaw before her arrival at the Prussian court in 1858. Remarkably intelligent, painstakingly well-educated and thoughtful, it remains a tragedy that Vicky and her husband, Emperor Frederick III, “Fritz,” would only sit on the German throne for 99 days after a 30-year wait. Even more so when one looks back with hindsight, knowing that the crown would be inherited by their son, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who would shove the empire into World War I and eventually bring about the monarchy’s abolishment.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex added a touch of glitter – quite literally – to a Cirque du Soleil performance at Royal Albert Hall this evening. The show was in benefit of Sentebale, an HIV/Aids charity spearheaded by Harry on behalf of Lesotho.
This morning the Duchess of Cambridge carried out an engagement at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden where she was shown around the costume department and treated to a private performance of the ballet ‘The Two Pigeons.’
The Duchess of Sussex carried out an engagement for another one of her new patronages today – Mayhew. The charity is focused on animal welfare, so naturally today provided images of Meghan cuddling with puppies. Namely a Jack Russell named Minnie, who I think we can all agree is today’s standout star.
The Duchess of Cambridge returned to work from the holiday break today with a visit to King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington. The engagement wrapped up many of her favorite things – nature, children and physical activity.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out their first joint engagements of the year with a visit to Birkenhead in Cheshire. The two made a series of appearances throughout the day, only some of which were announced ahead of time by Kensington Palace.
After a week of voting, I’m posting the results for the eight polls on the Duchess of Sussex’s fashion last year. A few of these surprised me, so thank you to those who took the time to cast their vote and we’re already off on a fresh round of looks in 2019 🙂
Earlier today, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex has been named patron of four organizations: the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew. The announcement was followed up with a surprise appearance at Smart Works, kicking off HRH’s 2019 with a bang.
2018 was a banner year for the British Royal Family between two weddings, a baby and the Commonwealth’s succession secure in the Prince of Wales. It was not, however, a year in which there was much angst over engagement numbers. By now we well know that the Queen’s four children will carry their weight, while the Queen is ramping down her duties, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired, and her grandaughters-in-law found themselves pregnant and/or not yet full-time royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed walking to church in Norfolk yesterday, as has become their early January tradition. While it’s possible that the Cambridges slipped away for a short post-Christmas holiday, they have certainly returned to Norfolk in time for Kate’s birthday on the 9th for the last few years and make a point of joining the Queen for church on the first weekend of the month.