Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
“Remember that life is made up of loyalty: loyalty to your friends; loyalty to things beautiful and good; loyalty to the country in which you live; loyalty to your King; and above all, for this holds all other loyalties together, loyalty to God.”
-Queen Mary, Buckingham Palace, March 23, 1923 (HT Mad Monarchist)
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“Those beautiful hands which at last while she was talking to others seemed always to be reaching out for mine.”Princess Charlotte was the unfortunate only daughter of King George IV and Caroline of Brunswick, destined to be the most beloved Queen of England ever known. Prince Leopold was born a minor prince into the even more insignificant family of Saxe-Coburg, whose ambitions stretched to each corner of the globe - and ended up as adviser to the greatest empire known to earth.
The same tricks of fate that brought them together meant that their time together ended as quickly as it began.
Charlotte married Leopold for freedom from her family, and Leopold married Charlotte for riches and power. But they took no time in falling in love with one another.
After just one year of a marriage described as a bliss, a paradise, Charlotte died after a horrific labour that resulted in the birth of a stillborn son. Nearly fifty years later, knowing that he was dying, King Leopold I of Belgium asked that his body be taken to England and buried in Windsor with his first wife and their son.
But the King of the Belgians had to be buried among his people. In his last moments his heart and mind must have been in England, for as life left him he whispered ‘Charlotte… Charlotte.’
GIFset: British Royal Tiaras
- Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, worn by the Princess Royal
- The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, worn by the Queen
- The Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, worn by Diana, Princess of Wales
- The Russian Kokoshnik Tiara, worn by the Queen
(Source: The Royal Jewels. All GIFs made by me.)
Princess Mary, the Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), third child and only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.
Photo by Anthony Buckley.
All smiles today ma’am: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final at Guards Polo Club in Egham, England