queen of united kingdom

Actresses who has played two english queens


Sara Forbes Bonetta (1843 – 15 August 1880) was a West African Egbado omoba of Yoruba royalty who was orphaned in inter-tribal warfare, sold into slavery, and in a remarkable twist of events, was liberated from enslavement and became a goddaughter to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. She was married to Captain James Pinson Labulo Davies, a wealthy Victorian Lagos philanthropist. (x)

Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Tiara has found a new home at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The Victoria & Albert Museum has announced that Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Tiara has been saved from being sold outside of the UK and will now be part of the museum’s permanent collection.  The tiara was the subject of much publicity last August when the UK’s minister of culture put a temporary export ban on it that prevented the tiara from leaving the country after it’s new buyer applied to take it out of the UK.  The hope was of course that the tiara would be purchased by a British museum like the V&A so it is very exciting to see the wishes of many fulfilled.

From their Facebook page, “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of one of Queen Victoria’s most important jewels. The stunning sapphire and diamond coronet was designed by Prince Albert in 1840, the royal couple’s wedding year. The coronet, generously gifted to the V&A by William Bollinger, will go on display as the centre-piece of the Museum’s newly-refreshed William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery in 2019, the bicentenary year of the birth of both Victoria and Albert.”

The tiara was designed for Queen Victoria by her husband, Prince Albert.  It was one of the only pieces with colored stones she wore after his death but it left the mainline of the royal family when Queen Mary gifted it to her only daughter Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood.  Princess Mary’s descendants have since sold much of her jewellery including this tiara.

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs
A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides, neonicotinoids, can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.

Wild bees, such as bumblebees, don’t get as much love as honeybees, but they should.

They play just as crucial a role in pollinating many fruits, vegetables and wildflowers, and compared to managed colonies of honeybees, they’re in much greater jeopardy.

A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely used and highly controversial pesticides known as neonicotinoids. What they found isn’t pretty.

Neonics, as they’re often called, are applied as a coating on the seeds of some of the most widely grown crops in the country, including corn, soybeans and canola. These pesticides are “systemic” — they move throughout the growing plants. Traces of them end up in pollen, which bees consume. Neonicotinoid residues also have been found in the pollen of wildflowers growing near fields and in nearby streams…


Royal, Augusta, and Elizabeth were treated very much as the senior princesses; they were educated together and lived separately from their younger sisters. Mary and Sophia, the middle daughters, formed a tightly knit pair, whilst Amelia, the baby of the family, occupied an especially privileged position, somewhere between pet and mascot, fussed over and admired by all.

A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III - Janice Hadlow


I just want to talk about female directors as well: Gina Prince-Bythewood, Amma Asante — we have to celebrate these women. [Selma] is about embracing the vote, utilizing the vote. Support these women, vote for them at the box office

David Oyelowo accepting the NAACP IMAGE Award for Best Actor for Selma

David Oyelowo directed by women filmography

Circles dir. Sonia Castang - 2001
Tomorrow La Scala! dir. Francesca Joseph - 2002
Shoot the Messenger dir.  Ngozi Onwurah - 2006
Rage dir. Sally Potter - 2009
96 Minutes dir. Aimee Lagos - 2011
Middle of Nowhere dir. Ava DuVernay - 2012
Selma dir. Ava DuVernay - 2014
9 Kisses dir. Elaine Constantine - 2014
Five Nights in Main dir. Maris Curran - 2015
Nina dir. Cynthia Mort - 2015
Queen of Katwe dir. Mira Nair - 2016
A United Kingdom dir. Amma Asante - 2016
August 28th: A Day In the Life of a People - Ava DuVernay - 2016
Untitled Hurricane Katrina Project dir. Ava DuVernay - ????

Queen Anne pistols

Manufactured in England c.late 18th century - serial numbers 1 and 2.
.62 caliber ball, single-shot ‘boxlock’ flintlock with screw-on barrels, belt hooks.
I wonder why we see so few Queen Anne type loading system applied to percussion locks. I feel like it would work just as well as with this here flintlock piece.