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
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.
Orange blossom parure of headdress, earrings and brooches gifted over the years of their marriage by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. Victoria wore this matching set always on her wedding anniversary and after her death, the parure was placed in the Albert Room at Windsor Castle and not passed on in the family. 1839-1845.
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.
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.
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
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 - ????
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.