monarchy of the united kingdom

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Art Collages made by Queen Alexandra of The United Kingdom (b. Princess Alexandra of Denmark) of her family members and friends

Princess Alexandra had numerous hobbies including photgraphy, painting, writing, and making collages. She would combine her talents to make collages, prints, and paintings to give away to friends as presents. She would take photos and render them, then she would paint backgrounds and stamp them on with crafts.

historical women 17/?: Princess Ka’iulani, 1875-1899

Victoria Kawēkiu Kaʻiulani Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii and held the title of Crown Princess. Kaʻiulani became known throughout the world for her intelligence and determination. After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, she visited the United States to help restore the Kingdom; she made many speeches and public appearances denouncing the overthrow of her government and the injustice toward her people… During the Annexation ceremony, the Princess and her aunt, Liliʻuokalani, along with other members of the royal family and with the heads of every Hawaiian political party, wore funeral attire and shuttered themselves within Washington Place, protesting what they considered an illegal transaction… Kaʻiulani loved peacocks. She grew up enjoying the company of a flock originally belonging to her mother, and is sometimes called the “Peacock Princess”.

anonymous asked:

Why are you a republican?!?!?! Don't tell me you'd of voted trump too....

It means something different here lol, it means wanting to get rid of the monarchy and kinda stop being the united kingdom and become a rebublic lol.

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Granddaughters of Alexander II of Russia:

  • Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, born on 6th April 1875, was the elder daughter and fourth child of Alexander III of Russia (1845-1894), the second son of Alexander II, who wasn’t expected to be Emperor until his older brother died. She was also the sister of Nicholas II (1868-1918), the last Emperor of Russia. She married her cousin, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia; they had seven children. After the fall of the Russian monarchy in February 1917, she fled from Russia and eventually settling in United Kingdom. She died on 20th April 1960.
  • Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, born on 13th June 1882, as the younger daughter of Alexander III of Russia, and sister of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. She married twice, first to her cousin, Duke Peter of Oldenburg, who in private was believed by family and friends as homosexual henceforth their marriage remained unconsummated. Their marriage was annulled in 1916, and the following month after her annulment to her first husband, she married secondly to a cavalry officer, Nikolai Kulikovsky (whom she had fallen in love years before), with whom she had two sons. After the downfall of the monarchy in February 1917, she fled to Crimea, then later to Denmark with her husband and children, accompanying her mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928). Although in 1948, she and her family, migrated to Canada. Where she died, seven months after her sister, on 24th November 1960. After her death, she was widely recognised as the last Grand Duchess of Imperial Russia.
  • Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, was born on 17th January 1882, as the youngest child and only daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909), the third son of Alexander II. She married her second cousin, Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark on 1902, with whom she had three daughters, including Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. She and her family lived in France for a time, after the turmoil of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the turmoil in Greece. Though eventually going back to Greece, where she died as a widow in Athens on 13th March 1957.
  • Princess Marie Alexandra Victoria of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, better known as Marie of Romania, born on 29th October 1875, as the second child and eldest daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna (1853-1920), the only surviving daughter of Alexander II. She was also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, through her father, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (later, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) (1844-1900), the second son of Victoria. On 1893, she married Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, with whom she had six children, including Carol II of Romania. She later became the Queen consort of Romania in 1914, and was popular with the Romanian people. During the First World War, she like many of her female relatives including her cousin, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918), volunteered as Red Cross nurse, aiding the sick and the wounded. She died on 18th July 1938.
  • Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born on 25th November 1876, as the second daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. Also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She married twice, firstly to her first cousin through her father, Ernst Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse (who was the sister of her cousin through her father, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, in turn wife of Nicholas II of Russia, who was also her cousin through her mother), thus becoming Grand Duchess of Hesse. They had one daughter, who died at the age of eight in 1903, of typhoid fever. Their marriage was a failure, as they divorced on 1901. Victoria Melita later remarried, to her first cousin through her mother, Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich (brother of Elena Vladmirovna) on 1905. They had three children. Due to the shock of her second marriage, Tsar Nicholas stripped Grand Duke Cyril of his offices and honors, initially banishing him and Victoria from Russia - settling in Paris. Though in 1910, they eventually moved to Russia. After the downfall of the monarchy, Victoria and her family fled to Finland. Victoria died from suffering a stroke on 2nd March 1936.
  • Princess Alexandra Louise Olga Victoria of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was born on 1st September 1878, as the fourth child and third daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. She was also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She married Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, despite of her father’s objection; they had five children. She lived in Germany for the rest of her life, and served as a Red Cross nurse (like her older sister, Marie of Romania). She died on 16th April 1942.
  • Princess Beatrice Leopoldine Victoria of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born on 20th April 1884, the youngest child and fourth daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. She was also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She married into the Spanish Royal Family, to Infante Alfonso, Duke of Galleria, thus becoming Duchess of Galleria; together, they had three children. She died on 16th July 1966.
  • Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, also known as Maria Pavlovna the Younger (to distinguish her from her aunt-by-marriage, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, the Elder, the mother of Elena Vladimirovna). She was born on 18th April 1890, as the elder child and only daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich (1860-1918), the youngest son of Alexander II, from his first marriage. Her mother died when she was not yet two from complications after giving birth to Maria’s younger brother, Grand Duke Dmitri. In result to her mother’s death, her father was so distraught and neglected his two children, leaving them in the care of their uncle and aunt-by-marriage, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, who had no children in their own. And was left to be raised by them, as their father was banished from Russia for marrying a commoner in 1902. Maria was married off to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland, thus she became Duchess of Södermanland. They had one son. Their marriage was unhappy and ended in divorce in 1914. She served as a nurse during World War I, until the fall of the monarchy in February 1917. She later remarried during the provisional government, to Prince Roman Mikhailovich Putyatin, whom she had one son with but died in infancy. The couple fled to Ukraine in 1918, eventually divorcing in 1923 whilst still in exile. She died on 13th December 1958.

Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history, passing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (63 years 216 days on the throne).

In hono(u)r of that, here are all the ladies to head the English (later British) Monarchy.

  • Queen Mary I (1553-1558) 
  • Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) 
  • Queen Mary II (1689-1694) 
  • Queen Anne (1702-1714) 
  • Queen Victoria (1837-1901) 
  • Queen Elizabeth II (1952-present)

My OC for the ancient Kingdom of Israel, who’s the ancestor of my Israel OC & the northern Kingdom of the United Hebrew Monarchy. A drawing of the southern Kingdom of Judah will come soon! I’m working on more art of them. I was originally going to draw Israel’s parents with him for Tumblr’s (ask blog) age month, but unfortunately didn’t get to.

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Kaʻiulani

Victoria Kaʻiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn (1875–1899) was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii and held the title of Crown Princess. Kaʻiulani became known throughout the world for her intelligence, beauty and determination. After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, she visited the United States to help restore the Kingdom. Although reluctant to participate in politics, she made many speeches and public appearances denouncing the overthrow of her government and the injustice toward her people. In Washington, D.C, she paid an informal visit to U.S. President Grover Cleveland and his wife, but her efforts could not prevent eventual annexation. The name comes from ka ʻiu lani which means “the highest point of heaven” or “the royal sacred one” in the Hawaiian language. In 1881, King Kalākaua tried to arrange a marriage between Kaʻiulani and Japan’s Prince Higashifushimi Yorihito in hopes of creating an alliance between Japan and the Kingdom of Hawaii. However, the prince declined, as he was already pre-arranged to marry a Japanese noble lady, Arima Yoriko. In 1894, Queen Liliʻuokalani wrote to her niece to marry one of the three: Prince David Kawānanakoa, Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, or Prince Komatsu Akihito (then studying in London), the half-brother of Higashifushimi Yorihito. She replied to her aunt that she would prefer to marry for love unless it was necessary to protect the independence of the Hawaiian Kingdom. On February 3, 1898, she declared her engagement to Prince David Kawānanakoa, but her early death ended the hope of marriage. The Princess grew up knowing painters Joseph Dwight Strong, a landscape painter in the court of her uncle, and Isobel Strong, a lady in waiting under her mother and stepdaughter of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson called her “the island rose” in a poem he wrote in her autograph book.[5] Art and music were also in the curriculum at Great Harrowden Hall, and she took several trips to Scotland and France to study art. Her few surviving paintings demonstrate considerable talent. In 1898, while on a horse ride in the mountains of Hawaii Island, Kaʻiulani was caught in a storm and came down with a fever and pneumonia. Earlier she had caught cold from swimming while on the Big Island, and this worsened matters. Kaʻiulani was brought back to Oahu where her health continued to decline. She died on March 6, 1899 at the age of 23 of inflammatory rheumatism. She was interred in Honolulu’s Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii. Her father also said that he thought that since Hawaii was gone, it was fitting for Kaʻiulani to go as well.

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WHAT THEIR UNIFORMS AND MEDALS MEAN

The Duke of Edinburgh

Having seen active service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, the Duke of Edinburgh is one of three members of the Royal family who were wearing campaign medals earned in action.

His uniform is the dress uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet, a rank he has held since 1953. He was was appointed Lord High Admiral in 2011, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. He holds 38 other military positions throughout the Commonwealth.

The set of 17 medals he wears to military occasions comprise his service medals from the Second World War and the various Jubilee and Coronation medals he has acquired through sheer longevity.

The red and blue cross worn on a red and blue ribbon around his neck is the Order of Merit, a dynastic order in the personal gift of the Queen and restricted to 24 members.

The white cross on a gold chain around the Duke’s neck is the Royal Victorian Chain, another personal award of the monarch currently held by just 12 people, most of them foreign monarchs.

Below his medals the Duke wore his Order of the Garter star.

The Prince of Wales

Despite having spent most of his military career in the Navy, the Prince of Wales chose to wear a frock coat of his Army rank as a Field Marshal.

He wore it with a blue sash with his Army Air Corps wings on it, with his medals on top. The medals, from left to right, are: the Queen’s Service Order, the Queen’s Coronation Medal, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Forces Decoration and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.

Around his neck he wore the Order of the Bath, with an Order of Merit pinned to his right breast.

Like the Duke of Edinburgh, he wore his Order of the Garter below his medals.

The Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge, who flew Sea King helicopters during his service with RAF Search and Rescue, wore his RAF uniform, with two medals - the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to all military personnel serving at the time of the jubilees, depending on length of service.

Like his father and grandfather, he wore his Order of the Garder insignia below his medals.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry is a Captain in the Household Cavalry, and he wore his standard dress uniform, with his Army Air Corps wings above his medals.

Like the Duke of Cambridge, he wore the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, but unlike his brother he also has an Afghanistan campaign medal.

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Get To Know Me Meme [Royalist Edition]

[1/7] Favorite Royal Castles/Palaces

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing.

Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site which had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was subsequently acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and was known as “The Queen’s House”. During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, who formed three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front, which contains the well-known balcony on which the royal family traditionally congregates to greet crowds outside. However, the palace chapel was destroyed by a German bomb during World War II; the Queen’s Gallery was built on the site and opened to the public in 1962 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection. (x)

Disney’s Descendents: We’re gonna need a lot more booze for this

CONTEXT: video here

  • Why 
  • There is a magical iPad used to deliver the opening introduction for no other reason then “HELLO FELLOW KIDS IT IS I DISNEY”
  •  Beast is still addressed as beast?
  • Why is he not addressed as Adam? They just keep on saying shit like “King Beast” and “Belle married her beast” (which sounds vaguely sexual tbh)
  • Apparently Beast pulled some UN style new world order shit and collectively united all the kingdoms. All of them.
  • Which begs the question, if skull island and agrabah are in there, did they all have to respectively relocate their kingdoms?
  • Where is this enormous free plot of land that all collective nations in fairytale dimension can squeeze in there?
  • If neverland is located in another dimension how was that accomplished?
  • How did Beast singlehandedly pull the feat of cultural cooperation and a well-integrated collective economy and currency the UN is still struggling to do?
  • Did nobody argue with this plan? I feel like there was at least some opposition.
  • Beast becomes the “elected” king of Auradon? 
  • Monarchy ≠ Democracy.
  • “United States of Auradon”
  • Are the kingdoms still separate kingdoms or are they just towns representing the kingdoms like an embassy? Because if it’s the first they are not qualified for statehood. 
  • This whole government outline is a hot mess. Nobody was prepared or organized for this transition, clearly.
  • Beast has rounded up both the evil people and “sidekicks” (!?! What the hell did they do besides have less of a role you dickweed) and stuck them on some island ghetto
  • No literally this is some classist Hitler-esque discrimination here and it’s just tolerated by the kingdom at large
  • Hold on a sec how is Cruella De Vil in this magical-esque fantasy landscape when her story was clearly set in the present? 
  • Never mind this whole setup is garbage
  • There is no wifi on The Isle of The Lost
  • The royal living room has a flatscreen tv, a foosball table and some benchpress equipment so fuck it I guess it’s modern day
  • Belle and Beast have all the chemistry and genuine dialogue of 2 uneaten lukewarm cantaloupes on a cheap folding card table 
  • Beast is such a classist shit-sandwich any enjoyment of his abusive Stockholm-manipulating ass I received from his arc in his respective film is tossed out the window 
  • Belle seems somewhat frightened of Beast’s prospective anger when her son pitches an idea
  • So much so she has to hold him back and interject
  • More points against Beast McDipstick wow what a day
  • Beast is concerned when Maleficent’s daughter is on the list because she is apparently the worst I guess
  • Okay here’s the problem with this entire setup lemme bold it
  • SO THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTER IS THE DESCENDENT OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WHOS VILLAIN SHOULD BE GASTON BUT HES DEAD SO IT MAKES SINCE HE HAS NO DESCENDENT BUT IN THAT CASE JAFAR, CRUELLA, MALEFICENT AND THE EVIL QUEEN SHOULD ALSO HAVE NO HEIRS GOD DAMMIT THIS LOGIC NEEDS CONTINUITY PICK A PATH AND STICK TO IT JSUS HCHRUSTSTSTFFFFFFfFF
  • They never state who these villains frick-fracked with to make these kids.
  • Do they reproduce asexually?
  • Mitosis?  
  • Are they adopted?
  • Were they stolen at birth and raised to be bad?
  • Did I just guess a shitty twist?
  • There is perpetually a stormy cloud over The Isle of the Lost. I guess to make their day shittier?
  •  Cut to seductive EDM dance number 
  • OH MY GOD THIS LIPSYNCH IS DONKEY SHIT WTF KENNY ORTEGA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL HAD THAT DOWN WHY NOT THIS ITS 2015 YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE NOW SIR
  • Angst levels are off the chart with these teens
  • The Isle of The Lost is decorated like a steampunk  post-apocalyptic  community rummage sale mixed with the sets of Waterworld
  • Yet it somehow fails to be memorable? Like either go all-out poverty or do an eccentric villain lair but city-sized
  • Judging by the reactions I have a hard time believing the majority of this island is villains. Most just seem to be unlucky sidekicks dealing with the mischievous antics of the few villains left to spawn radical children 
  • For a dirty-poverty filled island ghetto the average income seems high enough for every citizen to have an exclusively mid-2000s Hot Topic wardrobe
  • The entire song “Wicked World” is laden with very orgasmic sounding sighs
  • THIS THING ISNT EVEN HALFWAY DONE YET
  • THE REST IS COMING
  • Be afraid
  • Be very afraid
  • Actually don’t I’m sure you can get through it with some pals, low expectations, and booze
  • But maybe more booze than a screening of HSM takes
  • Just  a heads up
Brexit Results:

- The EU will ironically keep calm and carry on.

- Scotland will loudly declare their independence, but no one will understand their accent.

- Ireland and North Ireland will forget centuries of bloodshed when both of them point at England, say “Dis bitch…” at the same time, then look at eachother.

- “The United Kingdom” will henceforth be known simply as “Kingdom”, though they will insist on being called “The Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy formerly known as the United Kingdom”.

- The entire city of London will be air-lifted to Canada like that scene in Age of Ultron, massively improving the weather.

- Those who actually stay in Kingdom, or, ironically again, “bremain” there will continue to add the “br” prefix to other words in hopes of Making Britain Great Again. For example “bricken tikka masala”, “brideo games”, and “Brelizabeth II”

- A generation of will grow up naturally believing the currency is called a “pound” because of the weight of the cash needed to buy lunch.