queen caroline mathilde

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A Royal Affair Modern!Au:

  CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, YOU CAN HAVE THREE PEOPLE IN A MARRIAGE ALL RIGHT.  As long as you throw an original twist in the mix: let’s face it, mistresses and lovers are so XVIII century. about time we switched to more professional figures. Look at Danish royal marriage: since Doctor Struensee joined the household, the number of improvements has been incalculable (not last nor least, Brit born Caroline’s fashion sense). Of course, the speculation on what exactly goes on behind closed doors (especially the bedrooms’) has been just as endless - so how about shedding some light on the peculiar dynamics of the just as peculiar couple plus one?

Part 28 of the MODERN!AUs series.

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

This week was another fashionable week with engagements, state visits, national days, etc… Vote for your favorite look of last week. Who rocked her outfit the best? Choose from the pictures above and vote here. You’ve got one week to vote and we’ll let you know who won!

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

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Royal women in capes → As requested by anon

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These are my favorite portraits of Queen Caroline Mathilde. They were sketched at the height of her love affair with Johann Friedrich Struensee. <3

In 1771 rumors were spreading about the Queen. In particular, it was said that she was neglecting her son, the Crown Prince Frederik. Visitors were shocked to see that the Prince had no maids, nurses, or tutors. He was allowed to explore outside, to do as he wanted, usually only lightly clothed and barefoot even in the dead of winter.

So Struensee and the Queen hired trusted artist Peder Als to paint a portrait that would help quiet the rumors. Als, who had previously painted the Queen unconventionally in men’s clothing, this time portrayed her in a most feminine and motherly light. Prince Frederik appears happy (and definitely shoed!) holding his mother’s hand.

Unfortunately, the political turmoil surrounding the affair kept Als from transforming these watercolor sketches into a final painting.

But, what I love about these sketches is that, looking more closely, we see some hint of truth in the rumors. Struensee and the Queen were raising Prince Frederik under the naturalist philosophy of Rousseau. Frederik was encouraged to explore nature (yes, often barefoot), to dress informally, eat simply, and exercise. Rousseau’s philosophy also emphasized the importance of teaching children to garden–he believed that it not only brought them closer to nature, but also taught them important lessons about property and rights. And so we see Prince Frederik in relatively loose clothing holding a watering can.

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

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Look of the Week - What was your favourite look for the week

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