this day in prince history

10th February 1840 - Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress

As many people know, it is said that Victoria started the trend of wearing a white coloured dress on your wedding day. However, not many know  how complicated the journey was that had it come to be.

In the early of planning her wedding, Lord Melbourne suggested that she might wear her royal robes of state, as she mentions in her diary -

They talked about me wearing my robes, but I thought not.

She made it clear that her wedding was not like others of the time, where it was all for advancement and gain, with no thought of romantic preference. Her wedding was a personal affair; she was marrying for love.

In the end, Victoria would design her own dress, as well as her bridesmaids’ dresses. She had her dress made entirely of British materials, as was well publicised at the time. This was a political move, as she was showing to foreign powers just what her country had to offer and that she was still representing Britain.  The silk was woven in Spitalfields, East London and the lace was handmade in Devon.  Finally, the outfit was sewed together by Victoria’s own dressmaker, a Mrs Bettans, with the pattern being destroyed afterwards to prevent the dress being replicated.

The finished garment would include a bodice, the waist pointed over a full, pleated skirt with full puffed sleeves and a round neck, all made of Spitalfields white silk satin. The train was immense, measuring 18 feet and edged with orange blossom spays (orange blossom being a symbol of fertility). Orange blossom would feature a lot on her person, as her wreath above her veil (which was 12 feet long) was made of it and it trimmed her dress.  She also wore matching satin shoes (see two above), and a blue sapphire brooch at her breast which was a wedding gift from Albert. In her diary, on her wedding day of the tenth of February 1840, she described her whole outfit as thus -

I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch

Victoria did not wear her actual wedding dress for the whole day, as when she returned to Buckingham Palace after the service and wedding breakfast she withdrew to change into ‘a white silk gown trimmed with swansdown and a white bonnet with orange flowers’, an outfit very similar to her original ensemble.
Years later, Victoria would allow her favourite daughter Beatrice (who would be one of the queens few close companions in her widowhood) to wear her wedding veil at her own wedding in 1885 (see photograph below). She would be the only daughter of Victoria allowed this special privilege. In addition later still, Victoria would be buried wearing her lace veil, in 1901

Featured Image Emily Blunt as Victoria on her wedding day, The Young Victoria 2009
Sources -
Becoming Queen, Kate Williams
Historic Royal Places
Photograph #3 by Daily Mail

anonymous asked:

I see that you use "prince of hell" warlock in a lot of your tags, what does that mean?

oh my god this is kind of embarrassing because my feelings about this are so intense. like i’m not even sure i can fully articulate what it’s genuinely about but i will try. also book spoilers.

Warlocks always have a demon for a father and Magnus’s father in particular was revealed to be Asmodeus, one of the seven princes of hell and a fallen angel. It’s the reason he’s so powerful and since Asmodeus erased someone’s entire life as if it were nothing, it’s likely why Magnus has a particular talent for memory spells. We also see Magnus activate a witchlight at one point, which normally only responds to Shadowhunter (angel) blood.

And yet it was used more for relationship drama than anything, even though Magnus going through the centuries believing that he has the purest form of demon blood is a huge deal for his character. He’s clearly ashamed of it. Plus, what does having something so similar to angel blood mean for him? We’re told time and again that he’s powerful, that he has all this rich heartbreaking history, but we only get glimpses of it at best. What happened after he killed his human father after nearly being drowned? I mean, he was six or something and literally the first time he used his magic was to burn a man alive. How did he end up in Spain all the way from Indonesia? Did someone bring him to the Spiral Labyrinth? Magnus says Silent Brothers took him in, but that only appears in deleted pages of CoA; in CoB he simply calls them “churchmen.” How did he discover Asmodeus was his father? What was their conversation the first time he summoned him? What is even Magnus’s birth name before he took this one? A name, by the way, that unlike other warlocks speaks not of mourning or solitude (Loss, Fell, Fade, Gray) but of pure destruction, which says everything about what Magnus thinks of himself and his origins.

In short, the entire concept of him being the son of a Prince of Hell represents everything I wanted and nothing I ever got. That tag is purely about my extreme thirst for Magnus being Magnus. Not the guy who’s one half of a ship, not a glittery warlock with a great fashion sense, but Magnus Fucking Bane, the man who understands exactly who he is and what he’s capable of, who loves with all of his heart and would prefer to tell stupid stories about how he was totes BFFs with Julius Caesar but who will not hesitate to fuck your shit up if you mess with his people and when he’s done, his eyeliner will not have a single smudge. It is for Magnus lounging at his nightclub like a king. It is for Magnus carving his history and tainted birthright into his own name, but still clinging to the belief that he’s human and a good man.


So… I made a thing.

Edit: I feel the need to add that I had this song on repeat for a week straight before I even began making this wonderful creation. It was all I listened to for a whole day at work….. I’ll never get it out of my head now….

Diary Entry - 10th February 1840 - The Wedding Of Victoria And Albert

The entire transcript from Queen Victoria’s diary of her wedding day.

Slept well & breakfasted at ½ p. 9, before which Mama came, bringing me a nosegay of orange flowers, & good Lehzen gave me a dear little ring. — Wrote my Journal & saw Ld Melbourne. — Had my hair dressed & the wreath of orange flowers put on my head. My wreath & veil were worn, according to the rough sketch. — Saw my precious Albert alone, for the last time as my Bridegroom, & he fetched in Uncle & Ernest for a moment. — At ½ p. 12 I set off, dearest Albert having gone before, & Mama & the Dss of Sutherland went with me in the carriage. I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire branch. I never saw such crowds as there were in the Park, & they cheered most enthusiastically.

When I arrived at St. James’s Palace, I went into the Dressingroom arranged for me, where my 12 young Train Bearers were waiting, dressed all in white with wreaths of white roses in their hair which had a very pretty effect. I waited a little while till Albert’s Procession had moved into the Chapel. I then went with my Train Bearers & Ladies into the Throne Room, where my Procession was formed, Ld Melbourne, in his fine new Dress Coat, bearing the Sword of State, with Ld Uxbridge & Ld Belfast, on either side of him, walking immediately before me. Queen Anne’s Room was full of people, ranged on seats one above the other, as also the Guard Room, & all along the staircase, — all very friendly. The Procession looked beautiful going downstairs, & along part of the Colour Court, which was all covered in, & full of people, who were most cordial. The Flourish of Trumpets ceased, as I entered the Chapel, when the organ began to play.

At the altar, on my right, stood my beloved Albert, Mama being on my left, as also Uncles Sussex & Cambridge & Aunt Augusta; on Albert’s right stood the Queen Dowr then, Uncle Ernest, Ernest, Aunt Cambridge, with little Mary, George & Augusta’s Pss Sophia Matilda. Ld Melbourne with the Sword of State, stood close to me. The Ceremony was very impressive & fine, yet simple, & I think ought to make an imperishable impression, on every one who promises at the altar to keep the vows he or she have have made. Albert repeated everything very distinctly. I felt so happy when he placed the ring on my finger. As soon as the Service was over, the Procession retuned as it came, with the exception, that dearest Albert led me out! The applause was very great, coming through the Colour Court. Ld Melbourne, good man, was quite affected during the Ceremony & at the applause.

We all, went back into the Throne Room where the signing of the Register took place. We then went into the Closet, the Royal Family waiting with us there, whilst the Ladies got into their carriages. I gave all the Train Bearers, as a souvenir, a small eagle brooch in turquoises. Returned alone, with dear Albert, to Buckingham Palace. The crowd was immense & & cheered us warmly & heartily. In the Hall, which was full of people, they cheered us again & again. The Green Drawingroom & Throne Room were filled with persons of rank, even numbers of Children being there. I went with dear Albert into my Dressing Room & we sat down on the sofa there & talked together till it was time to go down to the Wedding Breakfast. All the Company was assembled when we went into the Drawingroom, Albert leading me in, my train being carried by 3 Pages, Cowell, little Wemyss & dear little Byng.

I sat between Uncle Sussex & dearest Albert. He & I, drank a glass of wine with Ld Melbourne, who seemed much affected by everything. After the Breakfast, I talked to all. Little Mary behaved so well, both in the Chapel & during the Breakfast. I then went upstairs & undressed, putting on a white silk gown, trimmed with swan’s down & a bonnet with orange flowers. Albert had also gone downstairs to change his clothes. — At ¼ to 4 Ld Melbourne came to me & I shook hands with him & he kissed my hand. Talked of how well everything had gone off. “Nothing could have been better”, he said, & of the people being in such good humour; — of my receiving the Addresses from the Houses of Lords & Commons; — of his coming down to Windsor in time for dinner. Dearest Albert came & fetched me downstairs, where we took leave of Mama & drove off at about 4, — I, & Albert alone, which was so delightful.

There were immense crowds outside the Palace, which I must add, never ceased, until we reached Windsor Castle. Our reception was most enthusiastic, hearty, & gratifying in every way; we were quite deaf from the noise of the cheering. People on horseback & in gigs, driving along with us. We came through Eton where all the Boys received us most kindly, shouting & cheering. Really, I was quite touched. We only arrived at 7, followed by the Ladies & Gentlemen of the Household, & went at once to our rooms. My large Dressingroom is now our sitting room. The 3 little blue rooms are Albert’s, the next little one his Dressingroom, then comes our Bedroom & my Dressingroom. A little way off are Lehzen’s 2 rooms.

After looking over our rooms & seeing that all was right, I changed my dress, & came back to Albert’s small sitting-room, where he was sitting, wearing his Windsor Uniform coat, I had such a sick headache, that I could eat nothing at dinner, & had to remain on the sofa the rest of the evening. Dearest Albert remained sitting near me & his excessive kindness & affection gave me such a feeling of deep happiness & contentment. How can I ever be thankful enough, to have such a Husband! May God help me to do my duty as I ought & to be worthy of such blessings!

Featured Image - pen and ink sketch by Queen Victoria from her original diary entry

Sources - Queen Victoria’s Journals website

June 26, 2015

Prince Fielder hits his 300th career home run when he goes deep to right field off Mark Buehrle in the first inning of the Rangers’ 12-2 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Rangers first baseman’s milestone shot makes him and his dad, Cecil (319), only the second father/son combo to hit 300-plus homers, joining Bobby and Barry Bonds.

On this day in history, 8th of June 1376, Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales died at Westminster Palace, aged 45.

Edward of Woodstock was the eldest son of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault, and the father of King Richard II of England. He was the first Duke of Cornwall (from 1337), the Prince of Wales (from 1343) and the Prince of Aquitaine (1362–72). Edward served as a symbolic regent for periods in 1339, 1340, and 1342 while Edward III was on campaign. He was expected to attend all council meetings, and he performed the negotiations with the papacy about the war in 1337. He also served as High Sheriff of Cornwall from 1340–1341, 1343, 1358 and 1360–1374.

He was called “Edward of Woodstock” in his early life, after his birthplace, and since the 16th century has been known in popular culture as the Black Prince. He was an exceptional military leader, and his victories over the French at the Battles of Crécy and Poitiers made him very popular during his lifetime. In 1348 he became the first Knight of the Garter, of whose order he was one of the founders. In 1361 Prince Edward married his cousin and childhood sweetheart Joan of Kent, granddaughter of Edward I and coutess of Kent in her own right. The marrige proved to be happy and loving one.They had two sons from this marriage, Edward (died at the age of 6) and Richard (future Richard II) Both sons were born in France, where the Prince and Princess of Wales had taken up duties as Prince and Princess of Aquitaine.From his marriage to Joan, he also became stepfather to her 4 children from the previous marrige to sir Thomas Holland.

Prince Edward seemed to have good health until 1366. It was not until his campaign in Spain to restore Don Pedro the Cruel to the throne of Castille that he became ill.On this expedition, his army suffered so badly from dysentery that it is said that one out of every five Englishmen would not return home. Prince Edward contracted an illness on this expedition that would ail him until his death in 1376. It is widely believed that he contracted amoebic dysentery but some argue against the likelihood that he could sustain life with a ten-year battle with dysentery. Other possible diagnoses include edema, nephritis, cirrhosis or a combination of these.

In his will the prince had directed that he should be buried in the middle of the chapel of Our Lady Undercroft, in a marble tomb, ten feet away from the altar. The chapel of Our Lady Undercroft was the chapel which the prince had founded in accordance with the Pope’s mandate giving him permission to marry Joan of Kent, his cousin. It was a moving tribute to the love the prince felt for his wife that he wished to be interred in the chapel which commemorated their marriage. In the ceiling of the chantry chapel there can still be seen a carved stone boss of a woman’s head, with her hair in a netted fret, which was a popular fashion at the time. It is the largest human face among the ceiling bosses, and clearly represents Joan, although it is not known when it was placed there.

Edward died one year before his father, becoming the first English Prince of Wales not to become King of England. The throne passed instead to his son Richard II, a minor, upon the death of Edward III.xx

pictured:1. Tomb effigy of Edward, Prince of Wales in Centurbury Cathedral,Kent, England 2.Chapel of Our Lady Undercroft 3. Ceiling boses repesenting Joan of Kent (most probably)


On this day music history: February 21, 1981 - Prince makes his first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live performing “Party Up”. Hosted that week by actress Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”), Prince is booked on the show on the recommendation of Eddie Murphy who becomes the breakout star of the show’s new cast. The episode becomes infamous because the expletive “f***” is said twice in the program during the live broadcast. Once by Prince during his performance, and by comedian Charles Rocket in a sketch. Rocket is fired for his infraction, while Prince’s goes largely unnoticed on the original broadcast and subsequent re-broadcasts of the program in syndication.

Shattered Kingdom - Bughead - Part 2

Part 1 / AO3 Link / Inspiration

Summary: His kingdom was shattered. Darkness crept in his kingdom and tore it apart from within. The princess from the rivaling kingdom was the only one who could repair it. 

Prince Forsythe hated tradition. Even when it was his birthday, and he was supposed to hold a banquet.

Usually, banquets never ended well. Normally, these banquets would end with some sort of disaster. Last year, someone got drunk and puked all over someone’s desert, which ended up in a drunk fist fight. And that ended the banquet on a sour note.

The year before that, King Forsythe threatened someone’s life — and although it was meant jokingly, no one took it that way. People rioted. It was a dark time.

So you can imagine Prince Forsythe’s fear of the banquet he was supposed to hold this year.

“Brother,” Princess Bean said from the doorway, “it won’t be that bad.”

Prince Forsythe glanced over at his sister — a beautiful girl in a beautiful sage green dress — and said, “every year leading up until now has been a disaster.”

Princess Bean walked in, and took half of the silverware from him. Then, she began to help him set the table.

“Make this year different,” Princess Bean said, placing silverware on neatly folded napkins, “give them something to talk about.”

She flipped her long, curly black hair over her shoulder, and smiled at her brother.

“Alright,” he replied. Normally he’d have more to say — but today he was afraid of how many guys he’d have to protect his sister from.

Princess Bean hugged him, and he caught a whiff of her sweet hair oil. When she pulled away, she said, “and don’t worry about disasters, okay?”

King Forsythe cleared his throat from the doorway. “Son, it’s time for you to give your speech.”

Forsythe followed his father to the balcony, where he began to deliver his speech.

The crowd of people was larger than normal. But that was always the case on days like these. Normally, on traditional days, when Prince Forsythe gave a speech instead of his father, the crowds were huge. It normally consisted of about two hundred people. On traditional days? The number was doubled.

His father stood at his right side, a body guard on Prince Forsythe’s left.

“Days have never been more dire,” the Prince began, “never before in history has one kingdom been more hostile toward our own. It’s at times like these when we need those closest to us in order to survive.”

The crowd mumbled its approval.

“Things are getting rough — darker. We must fight to survive. In fact, I take this moment to formally declare war with the Cooper Kingdom.”

The crowd shouted its excitement. The king glanced over in surprise, his body language stiff.

“Messengers, pass on this message to the Cooper Kingdom: Fight against the Jones Kingdom, or perish.”

Once his speech was over, though, he somehow found himself thinking of Princess Elizabeth Cooper, and hoping that somehow, she’d make it out of this war alive.

But as quickly as that hope had entered his mind he banished it. He didn’t want to be going soft toward the Cooper girls, especially not Elizabeth.

Queen Alice had never been more distressed. Princess Elizabeth sat with her sister, Princess Polly, on the bench in the garden.

Princess Polly had told her everything. Queen Alice received a message from the Jones Kingdom — they were going into war, whether they liked it or not. Elizabeth had never seen a kingdom more dark than the Jones Kingdom.

And she could only help if they asked for it, but they didn’t seem to be in the asking mood.

Polly patted Elizabeth’s knee. “I know you want to help,” she said softly, “but you can’t, not yet.”

Elizabeth smiled. “Thank you, Polly.”

One of their maids — her name might’ve been Bethel — came outside to water the plants.

Elizabeth said, “Bethel?”

She turned, and smiled, “yes ma’am?”

“Do you want to be promoted?”

Bethel grinned, “but of course! What’s my new job, your highness?”

Elizabeth stood, and took off her white gloves. Her pink dress flowed with the wind as she stood.

“Be my spy. Gather intel on the Jones Kingdom — tell me everything.

Bethel curtsied. “I shall go get dressed for the part, your highness.”

“Please, call me Elizabeth.”

A/n: How’d you like it? Don’t be afraid to tell me!


April 19th 1956: Wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier

On this day in 1956, the American actress Grace Kelly married the Prince of Monaco, Rainier III. Kelly was a successful established actress, having won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, when she met Prince Rainier. The couple met at the Cannes Film Festival, stayed in contact, and soon were engaged to be married. It was important for Rainier to marry and produce an heir as a 1918 treaty provided that if there was no heir, Monaco would return to France. The wedding was an elaborate fanfare, with many calling it ‘the wedding of the century’. The civil ceremony took place the day before the April 19th wedding, but the church event the next day was the real spectacle, with around 30 million people watching on television. Kelly soon retired from acting to focus on her duties in Monaco, and as a mother to the couple’s three children. Princess Grace died in 1982, aged 52, after suffering a stroke while driving, which led to her crashing the vehicle. It was a tragedy for Monaco and the world, and her funeral received the same calibre of distinguished guests as her wedding had 26 years earlier. Prince Rainier did not remarry, and was buried alongside her when he died in 2005.

Bizarre Victorian fact of the day...

After Prince Albert’s death in 1861 at the age of 42, Queen Victoria was overwhelmed with grief. One manifestation of this grief was an intense dislike of changes to the homes the couple had shared and which Albert had taken the lead in decorating. No painting or photograph was to be moved without the Queen’s permission. Only when wallpapers or carpets had became obviously worn were they replaced and their replacements had to be as close to the original as possible. Photographs were taken of the arrangement of all of the rooms to help ensure that they stayed the same.


On this day in music history: March 25, 1985 - Prince wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain” at the 57th Annual Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA with the award being presented by actors Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. When he is announced as the winner, Prince is accompanied on stage by Revolution band mates Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin. The shy and soft spoken musician graciously accepts the honor, thanking the Academy, “Purple Rain” director Albert Magnoli, his managers, the members of his band, and God. Prince becomes only the third African American musician in history to win an Academy Award for film music, thirteen years after Isaac Hayes’ win for “The Theme From Shaft” in 1972, and just one year after Irene Cara’s win for “Flashdance… What A Feeling” in 1984.


June 21st 1527: Niccolò Machiavelli dies

On this day in 1527, the Italian thinker Niccolò Machiavelli died in Florence aged 58. He was born in Florence in 1469 and became a central figure of the Renaissance that coloured Florentine life during the 15th and 16th centuries. Machiavelli was involved in city politics, especially during the fourteen years when the powerful Medici family were exiled from power when he was a diplomat. Upon their return Machiavelli was dismissed for his opposition to their rule and thus occupied his time writing what has become considered his magnum opus: The Prince. This book is often considered a kind of handbook for ruthless politicians, as it detailed how one must be prepared to use any means to preserve political power. However some scholars have suggested that the work was more of a satire than prescriptive guide. Machiavelli died in 1527, and was buried in the Church of Santa Croce in Florence.

“Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”


On this day in music history: May 16, 1984 - “When Doves Cry” by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is the fifteenth single release for the singer, songwriter and musician from Minneapolis, MN. With principal photography having wrapped on Prince’s first feature film “Purple Rain” by early 1984, the film quickly goes into post production to make its projected late July release date. As the film is being edited, director Albert Magnoli requests an additional song to underscore a montage sequence he is cutting together. The director gives the artist an idea of the type of song he’s looking for, stating that “it’s about your parents, and about love and loss”. Prince says “OK” to Magnoli, then returns the next day with two complete song demos. Upon hearing the one titled “When Doves Cry”, the director likes it immediately. Prince enters Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood on March 1, 1984, recording and mixing the song in a single thirty six hour session. During the mixing stage, Prince comes up with the idea of removing the bass line from the already spare track. Warner Bros. is initially hesitant to the release the song, but the artist insists that it be issued as is. Issued five weeks ahead as the first taste of the landmark “Purple Rain” soundtrack, it is an instant smash upon its release. “When Doves Cry” becomes the fastest selling single in the history of the label, selling over a million copies in its first five days. Part of the initial press run of 45’s are pressed on purple vinyl, with a 12" single featuring the full unedited version being released commercially a month later on June 13, 1984. The 7" and 12" singles are backed by the non LP B-side “17 Days (the rain will come down, then U will have 2 choose, if U believe, look 2 the dawn and U shall never lose)” which is originally intended for Apollonia 6, but Prince changes his mind, and re-records the song at Sunset Sound on January 8, 1984. “17 Days” also receives significant airplay and becomes a fan favorite. “When Doves Cry” hits number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart on June 30, 1984 (spending 8 weeks at the top) and top the Hot 100 on July 7, 1984 (spending 5 weeks at the top), selling more than two million copies (certified Platinum by the RIAA) in the US alone and is ranked the top single of 1984.


August 27th 1979: Lord Mountbatten killed

On this day in 1979, the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, Louis Mountbatten, was killed by the IRA, aged seventy-nine. The bomb blast on Mountbatten’s boat, sailing near the border of Northern Ireland, also killed one of his grandsons and two others. The bombing followed the murder of Catholic civilians by loyalists in Ireland, and the separatist Irish Republican Army quickly claimed responsibility for the attack on Mountbatten, which they called an ‘execution’, stating that they targeted him to draw attention to the oppressive presence of British troops in Ireland. The murder of the Queen’s second cousin and Prince Philip’s uncle, who had been a prominent military officer and diplomat, prompted outrage throughout Britain and increased violence in Ireland. Thomas McMahon was arrested and convicted of the bombing, but was eventually released as a provision of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement between Britain and Northern Ireland. Only hours after the attack on Mountbatten, eighteen British soldiers in Northern Ireland were killed by two car bombs planted by the IRA. The Warrenpoint ambush, as it was known, was the deadliest attack on the British army during the Troubles. A memorial service for the victims, which included a civilian, was held in September. Mountbatten’s funeral, attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, also took place in September at Westminster Abbey.