܀ history meme ܀ eight moments: the tournament at Westminster 13th February 1511, in honour of Katherine of Aragon (1/8)
“Contemporaries considered it the most extravagant and theatrical tournament ever seen in England. The ‘exceeding cost’ made it the third most expensive spectacle of Henry’s long reign, after his father’s funeral and the deluge of ostentation that would later be known as the Field of Cloth of Gold…
…A special gallery was built for Catherine and her ladies at the Westminster tiltyard… The twenty-six-by-sixteen-foot pageant, drawn by a silver antelope and a golden lion, came to halt in front of Catherine. The foresters blew their horns, the pageant device opened up ‘on all sides’ and out rode four armoured, spear-bearing knights with plumes of feathers rising from their helmets. Henry led the way. The words embroidered on his gold basse skirt and his horse’s trapper were a public profession of love. Henry was ‘Cure loial’, Catherine’s ‘Loyal Heart’. Should anyone doubt exactly who the object of his affections was, Catherine’s letter ‘K’ was embroidered all over his pavilion.”
with her beloved dog Sharp at Balmoral
Is it just me, or does it look like HM says “go home!” and then Harry cracks up?
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie’s visit at St. Sofia Maternity Hospital where they learned more about the prevention of child abandonment project, run at the hospital, and the need of closure of children’s homes. The couple also visited a community centre close by.
Queen Alexandra (1885)
Photo Source: NPG, London