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My @frukgiftexchange for @fellocitti

I went with the prompt for hot drinks. I like to imagine it’s some mulled wine or vin chaud that they picked up while out on the town during winter!

Once in a while, I’m sure the nations love just enjoying the sights. Seeing the citizens go about their daily lives shopping, or just observing the ever changing cityscapes, then settling down on a bench with a nice view and just talking about memories of past and present. 

Anyhow! I hope you enjoy it! 

I said I’d make more and, well I already start making that statement come true!

I want to go with a more historical approach for this “children’s book illustrations”-series, so here is Gilbert in the uniform of Friedrich the Great.

(the floor is taken from a photo, it was not painted.)

spookyanchorlover  asked:

Hi! Could you tell us about or show us the oldest tiara still in use in the royal collections? Thank you.

Ok, I’m going to try my best to identify the oldest tiara still in use by each of the current European royal families but some of these are just my best guess because we don’t always know when a tiara was created.  Here we go…

Belgium - circa 1925 - Queen Elisabeth of Belgium’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara

Denmark - circa 1804 - Queen Désirée of Sweden’s Ruby Parure Tiara (though the original set of hair ornaments weren’t turned into a tiara until much later)

Liechtenstein - circa 1870 - Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara

Luxembourg - early 1800s - Luxembourg Empire Tiara

Monaco - 1949 - Princess Charlotte’s Pearl Drop Tiara

Netherlands - 1881 - Queen Emma of the Netherlands’s Sapphire Parure Tiara

Norway - early 1800s - Duchess of Leuchtenberg’s Emerald Parure Tiara

Spain - 1867 - Infanta Isabella of Spain’s Shell Tiara

Sweden - circa 1806 - Duchess of Leuchtenberg’s Sapphire Parure Tiara

United Kingdom - 1820 - King George IV of the United Kingdom’s Diamond Diadem