also to marry a duke apparently

stupidoomdoodles started doing Saiyan traditional garb and I fainted from joy. Except I didn’t really. What I did do was get inspired and draw a Saiyan royal family. Whoops.

So Vegeta’s holding an orb meant to represent the moon and there are also millions of little moon dangly things, like the pendants Vegeta and Trunks are wearing. King Vegeta was wearing it too and I figured “shove it in!” It can be worn by the current reigning monarch and heir apparent.

So would Saiyans have other titles of nobility? Like, Vegeta is the king so Bulma is the queen consort. Trunks is heir apparent (as the older sibling) and crown prince, Bra would be the crown princess, but like Dukes and Counts and Barons and Earls and Viscounts??

And politics? I’m imagining like a Saiyan far right group fainting at the shock of Vegeta marrying an Earthling. A Saiyan House of Lords. A new and innovative way to spice up BBC Parliament.

anonymous asked:

Hey Jessica, I hope you are doing well! :) I have a question for you about titles. If Victoria and Daniel were to get a divorce (which hopefully never happens!), would Daniel keep his title of a prince/duke, or just go back to his given last name? Also, if Chris had accepted a title, would he have been made a prince also? Or is Daniel a prince bc Victoria will be the future queen? Sorry for all the questions, I just find this really interesting!

So the truthful but frustrating answer to both of these questions is that we don’t know for sure. In the history of the SRF there has never been a case of an heiress apparent marrying a commoner and the man being granted a title so there is no precedent to look to. The SRF’s policy on titles- with the women having duchies in their own right- is quite unique so we really don’t know. I spoke to some friends and we think that he’d probably lose the title just for simplicity but there is no precedent so we don’t know. As for chris, it has never been disclosed which titles he was offered and it is again a very unique situation as before the change to succession laws Madeleine would have lost her HRH and had to rely on the king giving her a courtesy title as he did with his sister because she married Chris, a commoner. So their situation is also unprecedented but most people seem to think it would have been Duke of Halsingland and Gastrikland rather than Prince. That might not be true but it’s the most popular theory in the press

Was Joanna of Castile actually mad?

Juana I de Castilla, also known as ‘Juana la Loca’ (Joanna the Mad), was the third child of Isabel and Fernando, the Catholic Monarchs. She is said to have been extremely beautiful and quite intelligent, traits she apparently also shared with her sisters. The deaths of her brother, niece, sister, and nephew, made her heiress to the kindgoms of Castile and Aragon.

She married Felipe el Hermoso ('Philip the Handsome’), Duke of Burguny, who she is said to have loved deeply. The marriage took place when she was only 16, and Felipe wasted no time to isolate her from her family and court, especially as she got closer and closer to the throne of Castile. Her anger at his many infidelities is what began the rumours of her being 'mad’.

Today, what was considered as madness is now regarded as a combination of extreme jealousy and simple religious scepticism, the latter highly scandalous considering her country, her upbringing, and her mother. These two situations prompted Queen Isabel to send Friar Tomás de Matienzo to Flanders, to see exactly how her daughter was doing.

Through a series of letters we see the progression of Juana’s jealousy and loss of faith. The first letter reads:

'She’s so gentle, and so beautiful and fat, and so pregnant, that if Your Highnesses saw her, you would find comfort.’

However, subsequent letters say:

’…I told her I did not mean to pry into her life… her little devotion… no piety… I told her everything Your Highness wanted…’

Juana herself admitted that her problem was jealousy, but remembered that her mother had once gone through the same affliction and gotten over it, which she trusted she would also do. Felipe would parade his many lovers before her, which caused her great pain and only contributed to her problems. 

When Isabel died and Juana became Queen, her husband and father did everything in their power to keep her away from the throne and she was suddenly declared mentally unfit. After her husband also died, she was locked up by her father in a castle in Tordesillas, where she spent forty-six years, from 1509 until her death in 1555. Her confinement legitimized her father’s rule in Castile, and that of her son Carlos after Fernando died.

It is probable that she suffered from some kind of heavy depression, a condition that was only worsened by the treatment she endured at the hands of her husband and her guards at Tordesillas. She developed physical problems and her health was quite poor, which made some people say she was 'cursed’, and that her sickness was the result of her lack of faith rather than how badly she was mistreated.

Unlike her sister Catalina, Juana does not have a record of miscarriages or stillborn children. Out of her six children, the six sat upon a throne: Leonor, Queen of Portugal; Carlos, Emperor of the Holy Empire and King of Spain; Isabel, Queen of Denmark; Fernando, Emperor of the Holy Empire after Carlos died; María, Queen of Hungary; and Catalina, also Queen of Portugal. That legacy alone, as a mother of kings and queens, should have granted her a higher place in history than she currently occupies.

With contemporary research it is now widely believed that there wasn’t as much madness as there was misunderstanding and mistreatment. Research, such as the discovery of letters and testimonials, proves just to what extent Juana was a victim of political conveniences and sexism. Situations such as her criticism of religious fanatics, and her refusal to tolerate her husband’s lovers are what made her seem unbalanced at the time, and provided a great excuse to declare she had lost her mind


Valentina shuddered–the Larson’s were one of those extremely perfect families that turned heads wherever they went. Mostly because they demanded it–but they also couldn’t help it. Their father–William–was the most well-known surgeon in the area, and they couldn’t help but be noticed. Valentina herself faced that kind of recognition–mostly when she was out with her mom or father. Sometimes she’d see gossip about her in the local paper.

“Apparently Lucie,” Liz whispered, “Is thinking of getting a ‘surgery’ of her own.”

The tall brunette was in her twenties–the oldest child of the family. Last time Valentina had seen her, she was engaged to be married to some Duke. Though, it appeared that the relationship was over now. The youngest daughter, Arianna, was extremely stuck-up and, to the disappointment of Valentina, equally as smart. 

Then there was their mother–Eleanor, who was supposedly the worst mix of her two daughters. According to Valentina’s mother, she ‘walked with her head so high it was a miracle she never tripped.’


Royal Tiara Challenge: Day 15 - Tiara I’d like to see Princess Sofia wear

The Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara

The tiara actually didn’t start out as a tiara at all; in fact, it’s only been a tiara for a few decades. Instead, the piece was original a necklace made of diamonds surrounding fifteen large amethysts. The demi-parure also included drop earrings, two bracelets, and a devant de corsage. The dark purple amethysts are set in gold, while the diamonds are set in silver. 

The original owner of the jewels is said to have been Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon I. Lots of royal jewels are said to have belonged to the empress, but this suite apparently actually did. Joséphine gave the amethyst parure to her daughter-in-law, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, who had married Eugène de Beauharnais in 1806. (Augusta’s father, King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, later made the couple the Duke and Duchess of Leuchtenberg.) In turn, Augusta passed the suite along to her own daughter, Joséphine of Leuchtenberg, when she married the future King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway in 1823.

The amethysts have been in the Swedish royal collection ever since; today they are a part of the Bernadotte family jewel foundation, and so they cannot be sold. But it wasn’t until after Silvia Sommerlath married King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1976 that the parure was transformed to its current state. Silvia decided that the amethyst set really needed a tiara, and because the necklace was heavy and difficult to wear in its original state, she chose to have it set on a tiara frame. (One amethyst and diamond element was removed from the necklace in the process, and it’s able to be worn separately as a brooch or a hair ornament.) 

Silvia also had the bracelets from the parure altered so that they could be worn together as a single-stranded necklace, with the pendant from the devant de corsage suspended from it. But none of these transformations are permanent. The tiara can be taken off its frame, and the extra amethyst can be reattached, meaning that the set can still take on its original form.