Kingdom of Morocco

hookeremerald  asked:

This is a very weird question, but, do you have any crowns or jewelry on your repertoire that are shaped with hexagons or that have hexagon-shaped jewels? I haven't found many, only a tiara from Cartier, a tiara belonging to royalty of a norse country, and an amethyst necklace belonging to the former empress of Russia (I think). Thanks in advance, even if you can't help with my weird request 66

As long as it’s about tiaras it’s not a weird question here.

The first tiara I thought of was this one by Chaumet.  It was made in 2011 as part of the ‘Bee My Love’ collection.  As you can imagine there were a lot of hexagons in that collection.

Margaret Greville’s Honeycomb Tiara was made by Boucheron in 1921 and is currently being worn by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco’s wedding parure is almost entirely hexagons.  It was made by Chaumet in 2002.  She wore a different tiara with the rest of the parure on her wedding day but we were treated to her wearing the tiara later.

Barbara Hutton’s Emerald Tiara features a huge hexagonal emerald.  It was made by Cartier in 1947 and the emeralds used to belong to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia.

The Hesketh Aquamarine Tiara has hexagonal aquamarines at the center of each cluster.  It was made by Cartier and belonged to Chistian McEwen, Lady Hesketh.

I think the amethyst necklace you’re talking about is the one that belonged to Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and was probably a gift from her brother-in-law, Tsar Alexander III of Russia. Supposedly it can be worn as a tiara but I’ve never seen it used that way.

I didn’t realize how many tiaras featured hexagons.  Was the Cartier tiara you mentioned one of these?  Also, you’re going to have to tell me the hexagon tiara that belongs to Nordic royalty because I cannot think of it and it will drive me crazy.


Lost Kingdom of Africa

Four-part series in which British art historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores the pre-colonial history of some of Africa’s most important kingdoms. The African continent is home to nearly a billion people. It has an incredible diversity of communities and cultures, yet we know less of its history than almost anywhere else on earth.

But that is beginning to change. In the last few decades, researchers and archaeologists have begun to uncover a range of histories as impressive and extraordinary as anywhere else in the world.

The series reveals that Africa’s stories are preserved for us in its treasures, statues and ancient buildings - in the culture, art and legends of the people.

The first episode looks at Nubia, in what is now northern Sudan, a kingdom that dominated a vast area of the eastern Sahara for thousands of years. Its people were described as barbarians and mercenaries, and yet Nubia has left us with some of the most spectacular monuments in the world.

Casely-Hayford traces the origins of this fascinating kingdom back to 10,000 BC. He explores how it developed and what happened to it and its people, discovering that its kings once ruled Ancient Egypt and that it was defeated not by its rivals but by its environment.

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I collaborated with @violabeatriceophelia with them writing this amazing fic down below and me doing the art up top with my royal au! I hope you enjoy! 

The lights of the city were mirrored across the dark sky like the reflecting pool in the palace gardens, like they were staring into an endless void of stars. It was a clear night, the sort that only happened in the middle of the desert, the sort that seemed magical with its undisturbed stillness.

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North Atlantic Ocean (July 12, 2004) - The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) surfaces in the Atlantic Ocean while participating in Majestic Eagle 2004. Majestic Eagle is a multinational exercise being conducted off the coast of Morocco. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. Countries involved in the NATO led exercise include the United Kingdom, Morocco, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. Truman’s participation in Majestic Eagle is part of her scheduled deployment supporting the Navy’s new fleet response plan (FRP) Summer Pulse 2004, the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Josh Kinter (RELEASED)


Volubilis Visitor Centre in Meknes, Morocco by Paris and Casablanca-based firm Kilo Architectures. “Set within the most visited archaeological site in the Kingdom of Morocco, this project seeks to enhance the historical and symbolic significance of this unique UNESCO World Heritage site. The site is an exceptionally well-preserved example of an ancient Roman colonial town and one of several antique sites in Morocco. Due to the lack of urban development in the immediate surroundings, the site today closely resembles what the Romans saw in their time.”


As part of their visits to neighboring countries this month, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are currently on a two day visit to Morocco. The King and Queen were accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo; CEO of International Economic Relations, Eguidazu Fernando Palacios; CEO for the Maghreb, Africa; Mediterranean and Middle East, Manuel Gómez-Acebo Rodriguez-Spiteri and CEO of Common Policy Coordination and General Affairs of the European Union, Abellan Alejandro García de Diego.

Upon arrival at Rabat-Salé, the King and Queen were welecomed by the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay Rachid and Their Royal Highnesses Princesses Lalla Salma, Lalla Meryem, Lalla Asmae and Lalla Hasnae.

The visit is to signify the relationship between the two countries, the King and Queen received the Wissam Al Mohammadi, the highest distinction awarded in the Kingdom of Morocco. The Spanish government as well as the EU were able to sign fisheries agreement with the Moroccan government which had previously been blocked in 2011. The agreement benefits the Spainish as it allows them to operate in Moroccan waters.

The King and Queen last night also broke fast with the Moroccan Royal Family were they also talked about furthering relations with their countries.

Source: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

Morocco Pavilion

Experience the exotic Kingdom of Morocco in World Showcase’s truly unique Morocco Pavilion.

Touring Tips!

  • Morocco is located in between Japan and France.
  • The basic layout of the Morocco Pavilion is to mimic parts of three Moroccan cities: Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakesh. The large prayer tower is the Koutoubia Minaret.
  • Attractions include The Treasure of Morocco, a free tour all about Morocco; Gallery of Arts and History, a display of the modern artistic & technological culture in Morocco; Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment, an exhibit on Moroccan jewelry and fashion; Fez House, a representation of a typical Moroccan home, and Mo’ Rockin, a Moroccan band that features bellydancing and arab & rock music. 
  • You may be able to catch Aladdin, Jasmine, or even the Genie here!
  • Shopping options are plentiful. Stores include The Berber Oasis (baskets, brass, leather), The Brass Bazaar (handworked brass items), Casablanca Carpets, Marketplace in the Medina (various home goods), Medina Arts (wooden crafts, instruments, clothing), Gifts of Morocco, and Tangier Traders (clothing). 
  • There are two dining options: The Tangerine Cafe (quick service, one of my absolute favorites), and Restaurant Marrakesh (full service, live entertainment as well). 
  • Get a Henna at Gifts of Morocco! 
  • This is one of my favorite pavilions. Grab some delicious food from the Tangerine Cafe and spend some time in the ‘bazaar.’ You’ll feel like you’re really in the country.

Hidden Mickeys

  • Outside of Gifts of Morocco, there are some plates in a Mickey formation.
  • Inside The Brass Bazaar, there are some baskets hanging on the wall. Look for a sideways Mickey.
  • On the shop cover (not always there) of Gifts of Morocco, look for a Mickey in the design.
  • In the Art of Moroccan Adornment, check out the embroidery of a hat in the display case titled “Traditional Covers.”
  • In the back of the Pavilion across from Restaurant Marrakesh, there is a mural with multiple Mickeys hidden in it.

Fun Facts

  • This is the only pavilion sponsored by its country’s government. The King at the time of construction sent his own royal craftsmen to construct the artistic aspects of the pavilion.
  • The buildings of the pavilion bear great religious significance, so they are not lit up during Illuminations.
  • The gardens are irrigated by an authentic, ancient water wheel.
  • In Restaurant Marrakesh lobby, check out the letters between George Washington and the Moroccan King. Morocco was the first country to recognize the U.S. as an independent country.
  • At some angles in the Pavilion, you can spot Tower of Terror. The top of the Hollywood Tower Hotel was designed in a style that would match the style of the Morocco Pavilion.