The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and her family attend church at Sandringham. This is the first time the Queen has been seen in public since it was announced she had a cold. The Middletons are believed to be staying at Anmer Hall in advanced of the Duchess of Cambridges birthday tomorrow.
The Question of a Romanian Marriage for Olga- 1914
By 1914, Grand Duchess Olga was 18 ½, prime marriageable age. As the eldest daughter of the Russian Tsar who would bring beauty, charm, and quite a large fortune to a potential groom’s family, she was one of the most eligible princesses in Europe.
In keeping with the royal tradition of marrying one’s cousins, one of the first suitors Nicholas and Alexandra considered was the son of their first cousin Marie of Romania, Prince Carol. A visit to Romania was arranged for the summer under the guise of a diplomatic visit.
Pierre Gilliard recorded Olga’s reaction to the situation:
Olga: “Tell me the truth monsieur, do you know why were are going to Rumania? ”
Gilliard: “I believe it’s a courtesy visit. The Czar is going to return the visit the King of Rumania paid him sometime back.”
Olga: “Oh, that’s the official reason…but what’s the real reason? I know you are not supposed to know, but I’m sure everyone is talking about it and that you know it…"
Olga: "All right! But if I don’t wish it, it won’t happen. Papa has promised not to make me…and I don’t want to leave Russia.”
Gilliard: “But you could come back as often as you like."
Olga: "I should still be a foreigner in my own country. I’m a Russian, and mean to remain a Russian."
The Romanians threw a lovely gala banquet for the Imperial Family and Olga behaved with her usual charm toward Prince Carol. The day after the banquet, however, the entire marriage scheme had already been abandoned. Olga would not marry Prince Carol.
Below is a photograph of the Russian Imperial Family and their Romanian cousins taken during this visit. Olga is on the far right, seated with a baby on her lap and Prince Carol is the young man with the mustache standing directly behind Tatiana. His mother, Marie of Romania, is on the right side of Tatiana.
Interestingly, a few years later Prince Carol asked the Tsar for his daughter Maria. The Tsar merely laughed and said that Maria was still only a schoolgirl.
In retrospect, some might think that it was a shame that Olga did not marry Prince Carol, as she would have been spared the horrible massacre in Ekaterinburg with her family.
However, I think that Olga would have been extremely unhappy with Prince Carol, who turned out to be an awful person. First, he married the daughter of a Romanian general in 1918 and had one son with her before the marriage was annulled in 1919. He was a notorious philanderer and left his second wife Crown Princess Elena for a mistress while they still had a young son. As a result of this affair, Carol renounced his right to the throne in favor of their son. They were then divorced and his son succeeded to the throne when his father King Ferdinand died in 1927. In 1930, Carol decided that he wanted to be King of Romania after all and kicked his own son off the throne. He was not even kind to his own mother.
In short, an intelligent, beautiful, independent minded young woman like Olga could never have been happy with such a horrible man. Luckily for her, she was perceptive enough to realize this and had parents who had enough respect for her to allow her to choose her own destiny. Sadly, her undying loyalty to her country and to her father had grave consequences in the end.
Sources: Thirteen Years at the Russian Court by Pierre Gilliard and Born to Rule by Julia P. Gelardi
Twice every month, Lois, Iris, Carol, Mera, Dinah, Diana, and Silena have a girls day and night to relax, rewind, gossip, and have a quiet day while their men are out saving the world and they can take a break.
I need a Captive Prince sitcom with roommates Damen and Nikandros and cute but snarky neighbor Laurent, and Damen is always doing things like stealing Laurent’s mail so that he can return it and have a reason to talk to him, or pretending that he baked too many brownies or like, idk pasta or something, so that he can knock on Laurent’s door. And Laurent sort of just stares at him and doesn’t usually say much, but whatever one liners he delivers are said with such savage wit that Damen turns away from the encounter feeling 30% amused, 10% worried, and 60% aroused.
Damen is constantly waxing poetic about Laurent’s running shorts or man bun (modern Laurent does it, you can’t tell me otherwise) or the way he smelled when they passed in the hall the other day, and 80% of Nik’s scenes are him just staring into the camera Jim Halpert style.
So the first season of the sitcom is Damen staring at Laurent’s door down the hall like a big ol’ love puppy and awkward but endearing encounters in the hallway, but in the first season finale Laurent is having a really bad day and he drops all of his groceries in the hallway (I dunno why Laurent still uses paper bags for groceries but he does) and Damen finds him and helps him pick everything up and sort of comforts him without realizing it and their hands touch handing over the long load of French bread and Laurent’s heart stutters and the last scene is Laurent saying yes to coming over to Damen’s so he isn’t alone in his upset mood
And second and third season friendship build/slow burn, probably alive Auguste and maybe Kastor but he doesn’t agree with Damen slumming it in an apartment with Nik and trying to make it on his own (??? Idk???) so he isn’t really involved
OH but maybe one episode Kastor is in town and they’re hanging out and he starts bagging on Damen and Laurent stands up for him and kicks Kastor’s ass and then Damen has an even harder time seeing around the hearts in his eyes
Third season finale is FINALLY the kiss that we’ve all been waiting for, and I’m going to say it happens on Laurent’s balcony and Laurent’s (possible) roommate Jord walks in because I loved that moment in the book
But obvi this show is on stars or HBO because I need to see the GOOD stuff
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honored both royal tradition and some of the most loved people in their lives by naming their baby daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Meaning “petite”, it is, in French, the feminine form of Charles, a fitting tribute to the Prince of Wales, who made no secret of his desire for a granddaughter. The name’s royal pedigree includes Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, who bore him 15 children and helped found Kew Gardens. Queen Charlotte’s Chelsea Hospital, which is named after her, is part of the same NHS Trust as St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, where Princess Charlotte was born on Saturday in the private Lindo Wing. Her granddaughter Princess Charlotte of Wales, who married on May 2, the day the new Princess Charlotte was born, died in childbirth in 1817 at the age of just 21. She was the only child of George, Prince of Wales, who would go on to become King George IV. Charlotte also happens to be the middle name of the Duchess’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and goes back in her family to her paternal great-great-great-grandmother Charlotte Ablett, born in 1825 and therefore possibly named for Princess Charlotte.
The choice of Elizabeth is an expected tribute to the Queen in the year she will become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, as well as being the name of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who was close to Prince William before her death in 2002. But it also has strong connections to the Middleton family: it is the middle name of both the Duchess of Cambridge and her mother Carole, having been passed down from Carole Middleton’s grandmother, Elizabeth Temple. The name Elizabeth means “oath of God”.
But it is the choice of Diana as one of the Princess’s middle names that is most personal to either of the parents. The death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 meant the Duke’s closest female blood relatives were the Princess Royal and the Queen, and he has longed for a daughter throughout his adult life. The Duke’s
mother was the first and only British Princess Diana, and there are no
known Dianas in the Duchess’s family. The name derives from the Latin
Diviana or Divus, meaning Divine. In Roman mythology Diana was the
virgin goddess of the moon, hunting and chastity. (x)
Marie of Romania and her children (not including Princess Ileana or Prince Mircea), from left to right: Princess Maria (later Queen of Yugoslavia), Princess Elisabeth (later Queen of the Hellenes), Prince Nicolae and Prince Carol (later King Carol II of Romania).