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Queens of England, Mary of Teck, 1867 - 1953

Mary was born as Victoria Mary in Kensington Palace on 26th May 1867, to Francis, Duke of Teck and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge. She was known as May her family. Mary’s mother spent much time with her children for the time and taught Mary well, encouraging her in charitable acts. Mary was part of a minor branch of the British Royal Family and as such her family were relatively poor. In 1883 the family moved abroad for two years in order to live more cheaply, staying with various relatives.  

In 1885 the family returned to London to live at the White Lodge at Richmond Park. In 1891 it was planned for Mary to marry her cousin, Prince Albert Victor, who was the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and as such was second in line to the throne. Six weeks after the engagement was announced, Albert Victor died suddenly. Whilst in mourning for her intended husband, Mary grew close to his brother, Prince George. The two apparently came to love each other and in May 1983, George proposed to Mary and she accepted. The couple married two months later and went to live in York Cottage at the Sandringham Estate after their wedding. 

George and Mary went on to have six children, Edward (later Edward VIII), Albert (later George VI), Mary, Henry, George and John. Mary had nannies to look after her children most of the time, which was normal for nobility in the period. She was described as a loving mother, who kept an album recording each child’s progress as they grew, by Edward VIII in his memoirs later in life. However, he also wrote private letters describing her a cold and cruel woman after her death. She also struggled with her youngest child who had epilepsy and was mostly hidden from public view until his early death at the age of 14. 

In 1901 Queen Victoria died and George and Mary became Prince and Princess of Wales and next in line to the throne. They took on an ambitious tour of the British Empire which lasted eight months. Mary is said to have wept before leaving, at the thought of leaving her children for so long. During the years of Edward VII’s reign the couple would go on many other tours to various countries. Then in 1910, Edward VII died, and Mary became Queen of England, alongside her husband, now George V. The couple were crown on 22nd June 1911 together at Westminster Abbey. 

Mary and George continued in their tours and went on a tour of India after they took the throne. Then in 1914 the First World War broke out and Mary began to impose austerity at Buckingham Palace, including rationing, and visited wounded and dying soldiers. After the war Mary continued to be a strong support for her husband, helping him with his speeches and giving advice to him. During the 1920′s George V became increasingly ill with lung problems, not helped by his heavy smoking. Mary took great care of him, one of George’s doctors is said to have commented that it was the Queen who saved the life of the King. 

In 1935 George and Mary celebrated their silver jubilee and there were great celebrations across the Empire. George V died on 20th January 1936, leaving Mary as the Queen Mother, although this was never a title she took on. Mary was disapproving of her son Edward VIII’s actions which followed, ending in his abdication to marry Wallis Simpson. Whilst she continued to love Edward, she would never meet Wallis publicly or in private after this. Mary took great care to support her second son, who had unexpectedly become George VI. She took a great interest in her two granddaughters from this son, Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth. She took them on days to museums and to the theatre. 

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Mary was evacuated to Gloucestershire to live with her niece away from the dangers of London. Whilst there she visited factories and soldiers, alongside organising collections of scrap metal for the war effort. After the war was over Mary returned to London and lived at Marlborough House. During the next years she spent much time acquiring items for the Royal Collection, some of which she bought and others which she convinced people to donate. 

In 1952 George VI died, he was the third of Mary’s children to die before her. Mary. Mary lived to see her granddaughter be declared queen, but she died before the coronation of Elizabeth II could take place. Mary died on 24 March 1953 of lung cancer at the age of 85, just ten weeks before the coronation. She had ordered that the coronation should not be postponed if she were to die. Mary lay in state at Westminster Hall before being buried alongside her husband in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. 

anonymous asked:

Hi Rachel, I read this comment "I currently work on the Sandringham Estate, Sadie is outstanding and gives up so much for them. They really do demand too much of her and I'm not surprised she has finally thrown in the towel. Calls to her in the middle of the night are too much, she can't lead a normal life whilst working for them" under Daily Mail article: "Prince William and Kate's housekeeper quits her £35,000-a-year job." Do you think is true? Did they really call her in the middle of night?

I would not be surprised if this is true.

The Queen could miss the annual New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham as she continues to battle ill health.

The 90-year-old monarch has not been seen in public for 11 days and missed a Christmas Day church service for the first time in 28 years with what has been officially described as a “heavy cold”.

A decision is expected to be taken tomorrow over whether she is well enough to attend.

If she does attend, she will be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who spent Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said Her Majesty remains at her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

She said: “The Queen is continuing to recover from her heavy cold and is still in residence at Sandringham.

—  The Mirror

Yesterday Prince George celebrated his second birthday with a party at his parents’ country retreat - Anmer Hall.

Guests have been pictured arriving at the couple’s Norfolk home, which sits in the grounds of the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, with his great grandfather Prince Philip as one of the first to turn up.

Several Land rovers and Volvo estate cars were seen driving up to the gates for the bash at 4pm.

Last year, Prince George celebrated turning one with a party at Kensington Palace, but this year’s affair promises to be more understated.

His mother the Duchess of Cambridge has done the bulk of the organising while Prince William gets his teeth into his new job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

According to reports, the toddler’s maternal grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton were on the guest list along with Kate’s brother and sister, while William’s father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla miss the event as they were on a riyal tour of the West Country.
Prince Harry was absent as he is currently doing charity work in Namibia.

The young boy’s great grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were also attended.

The guest list is unlikely to be too A-List though, in keeping with William and Kate’s desire to give their children a normal upbringing.
As well as several of George’s young friends, some of his godparents are also expected to show up.(x)

In just a few days’ time, Prince William and his wife Kate are due to have their second child, signalling the latest chapter in their lives together. A new book, called William And Kate’s Britain, traces the memorable moments of their story so far and the special places they hold dear. Here are some of the highlights.

1. St Andrews, Scotland

They first met when at university, living in the same halls of residence, St Salvator’s Hall (Sallies) — both studying history of art (although William later changed to geography). In their second year, they shared a maisonette in the centre of the East coast town, renting it for £100 each a week with two friends. They walked to lectures and shopped at Safeway. For their final two years, they lived in a £750,000 18th-century farmhouse on the sprawling Strathtyrum estate (owned by a distant cousin of Wills). The Prince installed a champagne fridge and Kate dressed the kitchen windows with red-and-white gingham curtains. They were allowed to shoot birds for food as part of their rental agreement.

 2. Balmoral Estates, Aberdeenshire

It was at the royal estate — described by Queen Victoria as ‘my dear paradise in the Highlands’ — that new royal girlfriend Kate was first spotted dressed in camouflage gear, lying in the heather, being coached by ghillies on how to use a hunting rifle. This was ultimate proof that the girl from a middle-class family in Berkshire was being groomed to be a royal bride.

 3. Witton Country Park, Blackburn, Lancashire

Where Kate made her last public appearance as a single girl — in 2011. Alongside her boyfriend, she visited Witton Country Park (480 acres of picnic spots and nature trails which was used by the Army during both world wars and is now owned by Blackburn and Darwen Council). Lovebirds Wills and Kate were presented with the Lancashire traditional ‘Courting Cake’ — a heart-shaped shortbread cake with their names on the icing.

 4. Bodorgan Estates, Isle of Anglesey

With a private beach and views of Snowdonia, a four-bedroom whitewashed farmhouse on the south-west corner of the island is where they led a simple life in their first years of married life.Renting from landowner Sir George Meyrick for £750 a week, they often went for drives in a battered white Ford Transit van, wearing baseball caps and sunglasses to try to be incognito. William was, though, spotted speeding along country lanes dressed in leathers and hiding behind his helmet on a red-and-white 180mph Ducati motorbike, with Kate occasionally riding pillion.

 5. Llanddwyn Beach, Isle of Anglesey

A favourite spot to exercise their cocker spaniel Lupo. The couple would walk hand in hand along the five-mile stretch of beach (Llanddwyn is named after St Dwynwen, who is the Welsh patron saint of lovers). 

 6. Healthbeds, Thurcroft Industrial Estate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Where they bought their marital bed — from a firm founded in 1893. The couple had slept in a similar four-poster with a bespoke mattress and made of ‘sumptuous cashmere, silk, cotton and wool fillings’ while living in rented accommodation in Anglesey. Desperate to buy one of their own, they asked their former landlord in North Wales for details and tracked down the 4,200-spring model to the Yorkshire company, which says its beds allow people to ‘enjoy a healthier night’s sleep by combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional craftsmanship’.

 7. Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Birmingham

After the birth of George, William (who is the President of the Football Association) said he was determined that his son would inherit his love of the team. In a message recorded to mark the FA’s 150th anniversary, the Prince joked: ‘When Villa thrash Man U at Villa Park, my son will be there.’

 8. Fiona Cairns Wedding Cakes, Fleckney, Leicestershire

Fiona Cairns started her pastry-making career by baking a batch of miniature fruit cakes in baked bean cans for friends one Christmas. Twenty-five years later, her team now sells bespoke cakes from £500 (with 20 candles costing just £2.50) and she was invited to create the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake. The eight-tiered cake, made by a team of chefs in two months, was decorated with 900 sugar-paste flowers. It is believed that William and Kate saved the top three layers for themselves — suggesting we might yet have three royal christenings.

 9. The Sandringham Estate, Norfolk

Kate’s first visit to the Queen’s Norfolk country retreat was for a shooting party in 2002, hosted by Prince William at Wood Farm, a modest cottage, set in a secluded corner of the Sandringham Estate. She was one of six girls and ten boys — including the Prince — crammed into the six-bedroom cottage.

 10. Anmer Hall, Norfolk

The Queen’s wedding present to William and Kate — after a £1.5 million make-over of the late-Georgian property. This involved stripping out a £38,000 kitchen (featuring £17,000 worth of worktops and an £8,630 fridge). Built in 1802, it is one and a half miles from Sandringham House.

♡ 11. The Westleton Crown, Southwold, Suffolk

This 12th-century coaching inn was where they spent the night before their first wedding anniversary. They were among a group staying here for the wedding of two friends. On arrival, they had a glass of champagne with the other guests, who included Kate’s sister Pippa, before retiring to the £165-a-night Swan Room, which had a four-poster bed and a ‘stylish roll-top bath big enough for two’.

12. Warner Bros Studios, Hertfordshire

A six-months-pregnant Kate, with William and Prince Harry, visited the Warner Bros Studio in 2013 for a tour of the Harry Potter set. They were each given a wand, taught a few spell techniques, and invited to duel (Kate successfully took on her husband). The trio, who were accompanied by 500 guests and children associated with their charities, were shown props from the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, including the Batmobile and Bat Bike. ‘We should borrow that for the weekend!’ William whispered to Harry.

13. St Nicholas’ Anglican Church, Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire

Camilla’s son, Tom Parker Bowles, married Harpers & Queen fashion journalist Sara Buys at the Grade II-listed church in front of a host of royals — the Prince of Wales, William and Harry — but Kate (who was still only William’s girlfriend at the time in 2005) turned down the invite so as not to divert attention from the wedding couple’s day (pictured right).

14. Cirencester Park Polo Club, Gloucestershire

It was here that William spent his first Father’s Day as a parent, and his son George kicked his first ball in public. Kate took their 11-month-old to watch William and Uncle Harry playing for the Jerudong Trophy (above left) but the toddler did not want to sit still. As soon as Kate put him down, he headed towards a pony and grabbed a polo stick in an attempt to join in the fun. Then he aimed a kick at a ball with his left foot, suggesting that he might, like his father, grandfather and great-grandmother the Queen, be left-handed.

15. Highgrove House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Kate received her first invitation to father-in-law Prince Charles’s country home in 2007 when she was invited to Camilla’s 60th birthday banquet. Other guests included comedians Joan Rivers and Stephen Fry, and actress Judi Dench. After dinner, Kate and William took to the dance floor, where the Prince mouthed the lyrics of the Frank Sinatra song It Had To Be You to his girlfriend.

16. Westminster Abbey, London

The couple were pronounced man and wife at precisely 11.20am on April 29, 2011, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Twenty minutes earlier, the tension was palpable as Kate emerged from her car in an ivory silk and lace gown designed by Sarah Burton and inspired by the late actress Grace Kelly. According to a lip-reader, William told his bride she looked ‘beautiful’ as she joined him at the altar, before joking to his father-in-law it was all ‘just a small family affair’.

17. St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London

Prince George became the tenth royal baby to be born at this hospital, which was founded in 1851 from small philanthropic beginnings based on ‘Christian and genteel values’, in an area teeming with sailors and prostitutes. It opened with just 50 beds and was a voluntary hospital for the benefit of the sick poor of North and North-West London. Prince George was delivered at 4.24pm on July 22, 2013, weighing 8lb 6oz. His father William had been born at the same hospital.

18. Kensington Palace, the couple’s London home

This was controversially refurbished at taxpayers’ expense for an estimated £4 million. Extensive work included the construction of a new roof, the overhaul of electrics and the removal of asbestos. Their apartment — which has 22 rooms — was designed by Christopher Wren and was the home of Princess Margaret until her death in 2002.

19. Holy Trinity Church, Southall

It was two months after the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 that Kate’s maternal grandparents, Ronald and Dorothy Goldsmith, got married here. Ronald was a lorry driver, working for his brother-in-law’s haulage company; Dorothy, who had two matrons of honour and two bridesmaids, was a shop assistant in Dorothy Perkins.

20. The Tower of London

William, Kate and Harry visited the memorial in August last year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, and they placed one of the 888,246 ceramic poppies, which each represented a fallen soldier.

21. Mahiki night club, Mayfair

A favourite of the couple before they married. William drowned his sorrows here in 2007 after his split (which proved only temporary) from Kate. His group ran up a bar bill of £4,700. William is said to have yelled: ‘I’m free!’, before performing his own version of the robot-dance goal celebration that the then England footballer Peter Crouch had shown him during a World Cup training session.‘Free?’ No. The couple were soon back together.

22. Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire

William’s time at school was marred by the death of his mother in 1997, when he was just 15. But he excelled at sport — he was ‘Keeper’ (in charge) of the swimming team, took up water polo and captained his house football team — was a school prefect and member of the Eton Society (colloquially known as ‘Pop’) and left with three solid A-levels (A in geography, B in history of art and C in biology).The Prince often went for tea with his grandmother, the Queen, over the river at Windsor Castle. As an old boy, William went back to the school in 2006 to play in the Eton Field Game (a cross between rugby and football) after which Kate embraced him and playfully ruffled his prematurely thinning hair.

23. Marlborough College, Wiltshire

Kate was 14 when she went to the renowned public school (current annual boarding fees £33,090) in 1996. Nicknamed ‘Middlebum’, she was known for her ‘goofy’ behaviour and prowess at hockey (below). One schoolmate wrote in the leavers’ yearbook for 2000: ‘Catherine’s perfect looks are renowned, but her obsessions with her t**s are not. She is often found squinting down her top screaming: “They’re growing!” She was rumoured to have had a poster of Prince William on the wall above her bed.

24. Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley, Berkshire

A regular haunt of the Middleton family (and Prince William), so much so that the landlord was invited to the royal wedding. The whole village celebrated with a barbecue at the pub in the evening. The current menu includes ‘Prawn Cocktail served with fresh buttered bread’ (£6.50) and, of course, ‘Eton Mess served in a filo pastry basket’ for £5.95.

25. The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, Cornwall

‘One lucky little lobster here has been adopted by royalty,’ trumpeted the pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity after Prince Philip had bought a £2.50 Adopt a Lobster certificate for his great-grandson, Prince George, last year. The lad is sent regular updates on the creature’s progress. (x)

The Cambridges Most Iconic Moments 15/15: Christening of Princess Charlotte (2015)

Princess Charlotte was christened on July 5th 2015 at the church St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. It is the same church that her grandmother, Princess Diana was baptised and where the royal family attend Christmas Day service. William and Kate chose the following people to be godparents to Charlotte: Miss Sophie Carter, Mr. James Meade, Mr. Adam Middleton, The Hon. Laura Fellowes and Mr. Thomas van Straubenzee. All of Charlotte’s godparents are relatives and friends of the couple. The official photographer to commemorate the special occasion, was chosen to be Mario Testino, who also took the official engagement portraits of William and Kate. The couple released four photos - one being the first official photo of the family of four.


♛ The Cambridges + Top Ten Moments of 2015 (8/10)

The Christening of HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge - 5 July 2015

The christening took place at St. Mary Magdalene Church, located on The Queen’s Sandringham Estate. her godparents were The Honorable Laura Fellowes, The Duke’s maternal cousin; Adam Middleton, The Duchess’s paternal cousin; and family friends Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, and Sophie Carter

Chapter Forty-Eight Part One

A/N: Okay, I am SO SORRY. I don’t even know where to begin, so I’m just going to apologise, to thank all of you for sticking with me and for apologising (I know, more apologies) for this short chapter. I have struggled so much with this and writer’s block has been a total bitch, so I’m going to make this little bit part one and then hopefully part two (and maybe part three) will be easier to write.

Anyway, I’ve jumped ahead a little to Christmas Eve, so the chapter starts in the morning, with Harry and Emmy at Sandringham for thei second day.

Emmy could hear Harry moving behind her, and she ran ahead, laughter rolling from her mouth as she desperately tried to escape the snow as it clutched and clawed at her feet. She could not give him the satisfaction of catching her, nor could she let him tickle her, which was exactly what she knew he would do. So she ran on, and she could hear him laughing behind her.

“Emmy, wait!” he called.

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Princess Charlotte was christened on the 5th of July, 2015 in a private 45 minute service attended by a mere 21 friends and family, including the Queen and the Middleton family. The service took place in St Mary Magdalene church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, the same church Princess Diana was christened in 54 years prior. Charlotte wore a replica of the christening gown worn by Queen Victoria’s children, while George wore an outfit similar to the outfit his father wore as a toddler to meet Prince Harry. This is the first time the Cambridges were photographed as a family of four, and the first public appearance Princess Charlotte has made since she was born in May.