heirs behind the scenes



After her son’s wife, Oda Tokuhime, had failed to produce an heir, Lady Tokugawa Tsukiyama began conspiring against her. Plotting behind the scenes, Lady Tokugawa began trying to recruit a daughter of a Takeda Clan vassal as a concubine for her son, Tokugawa Nobuyasu. This plan was, as many believe, influenced by a good “friend” of hers named Genkei (?) and was very poorly thought out.

Eventually, her plan reached the ears of Oda Tokuhime who considered it a threat to the Oda clan. Quickly writing a letter to her father Oda Nobunaga, she described the plan as a coup of the Tokugawa against the Oda.
Oda Nobunaga, upon receiving this letter, became furious and presented it to Tokugawa Ieyasu with an accusation of betrayal.
After Ieyasu had seen the letter, he made the quick choice to preserve his alliance instead of his family. In a bid to preserve the Oda-Tokugawa relationship, he ordered for his wife’s execution to prove his loyalty.
Then, knowing that his son Nobuyasu was close with his mother and might seek revenge for her death, stood by as Nobunaga ordered his son to commit seppuku to atone for his treason.

On September 9, 1579, Lady Tokugawa Tsukiyama was beheaded upon the order of her husband, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Her execution was a show of loyalty from the Tokugawa to the Oda clan which successfully mended the temporary rift between the two.
To this day, this “coup” is regarded by many as a ridiculous and poorly thought out plan-
Something Lady Tsukiyama, ever indifferent to politics and consequence, was notorious for.

So I thought I’d combine these. Where to begin?

For a start, women can’t be on the throne. At all. While Monaco rightly gets a lot of flack for jacques displacing his sister in the line of succession, Liechtenstein don’t let women on the throne at all. And what’s worse is they are not in a situation like Japan. Japan are a traditional country with traditional ideals and the monarch has almost no say in what happens. Even his own court is out of his hands. The JIF are almost impotent to make any changes as heir court is so powerful behind the scenes. In Liechtenstein the head of state actually has the power to change the succession alone as he is the most powerful constitutional monarch in Europe- as in he has more say in government than the queen does in the UK or CG does in Sweden- but he just won’t. And worse than that, they actively defend their policy. Just ten years ago the current Prince said it was a private family tradition and that it was older than the state itself so it wasn’t going to change. That was after the UN deemed it sexist!!

Hans Adam, the current prince, is a dick. The head of state in liechtenstein has the power to veto decisions the public have voted on in referenda. In 2003 he rewrote the constitution to give himself more power. He then told everyone that if he didn’t win the referendum he and the whole family would move to Austria. What kind of childish bullshit is that for a head of state? Obviously he won but international agencies have branded it emotional blackmail and raised serious concerns about him.

And they are incredibly anti-abortion. If they held that belief privately then whatever, not my problem. But when liechtenstein had a referendum on relaxing abortion laws Hans Adam said that even if 100% of the people voted to relax it he would veto the decision. That’s dictatorship. He is a modern, royal dictator

Basically they’re sexist pricks with too much power and money (liechtenstein is much like Monaco in that it’s a tax haven and the family made billions in banking).

The fascinating story behind Prince George's first stamp

Prince George is appearing on his first stamp after a secret photo shoot captured the Queen and her three direct heirs to commemorate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

As this behind the scenes picture shows, the two-year-old future king had to stand on blocks to make him the right height for the picture. And while Prince George’s parents often describe him as “naughty”, the photographer who took the picture said he was a delight.

Ranald Mackechnie, who has not even told his wife he took the picture, said: “He was absolutely charming, as you can see from the picture. You only have a short window of opportunity with small children, but Prince George was on good form and everyone seemed to enjoy seeing him enjoy the day.

“He was fascinated by my lights and all the kit, and he was quite happy standing on the blocks. I took maybe 80 or 100 shots, but when I saw this one I knew straight away that was it.”

Mr Mackechnie, a former apprentice to the celebrated fashion photographer Norman Parkinson, spent weeks preparing for the shoot after he was asked by Royal Mail 18 months ago to carry out the commission.

His first choice of location was the yellow drawing room at Buckingham Palace, but after visiting it and taking some test shots, he realised it was “just too yellow”, so he switched to the white drawing room, where he spent around six hours over the course of two days perfecting the composition with stand-ins.

He said: “Because the picture was going to be turned into stamps on a sheet, each person’s head had to be in exactly the right place. A millimetre the wrong way on the final stamp sheet would have made the perforations too close together, so I had to make sure everyone was spaced the right distance apart.”

He had computer monitors in the room with templates of the final stamp sheet so he could make sure each person’s head fitted into the right frame.

Buckingham Palace had supplied Prince George’s exact height so he could work out how to get his face a similar height to the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

“It would have been nice to have used a piece of furniture from the room,” said Mr Mackechnie, but it wasn’t possible, so I brought along the blocks for him to stand on. I had some other ones too in case he had grown since they measured him, but he hadn’t.”

His meticulous preparations meant he was able to complete the final shoot in less than half an hour, though disaster almost struck at the last moment.

“When the Royal family came into the room and sat down, my computer system crashed,” he said. “Prince Charles was very sympathetic, and saved my blushes, and fortunately I had back-up so we were back up and running in about a minute.”

The photograph was taken in the summer of last year, and Mr Mackechnie signed a confidentiality agreement that meant he could not even tell his wife he had been to Buckingham Palace.

“She still doesn’t know,” he said yesterday. “She will only find out when this is made public. I stuck to the John le Carre theory that if you tell one person, you’ve told everyone.”

Ironically, just weeks before the photoshoot, Mr Mackechnie, 55, had photographed the waxwork version of the Royal family for a Madame Tussauds advertising campaign.

“It was a bit of a dry run,” he said.

Royal Mail is also issuing a set of six commemorative stamps showing the Queen in her public and private roles over the past 90 years. All of the stamps will be available from Post Offices from tomorrow.”