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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
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Karin, Croline really does sound like a fascinating person, who surrounded herself with intellectuals, artists, musicians, scientists. Her court would have been a fabulous plave to visir—and yes, sit down for dinner!
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Karin and Mary, I'll ask Melissa, our blog whip to ask Typepad about the problem. So sorry!
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Sigh. You're right. Not an easy life at all.
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Mary, so sorry Typepad isn't behaving for you. It looks fine on my browser. The princesses really didn't have it easy—they came to England barely speaking the language, and yes, had to contend with the royal family. No easy thing! zthey did seem to have good relationships with their husbands, though children did prove fraught with tensions. (Poor Charlotte didn't have much luck with her sons!) Still, they managed to develop serious interests, and promote the arts, science and social welfare. So they really do deserve credit!
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Sue, my sense is you are right—the medddling in politics didn't always go well for the princesses. But it seems their cultural contributions have have gotten short shrift, so it's good to see women getting some credit for the good they've done in history.
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Yes, it's not always easy to be a princess . . .to say the least!
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So glad you enjoyed it! Just FYI, the exhibit will be coming to Kensington Palace in London this summer—and I highly recommend it! Really fascinating material there.
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So glad you enjoyed the post, Mary! That's what's so endlessly fascinating about history—there are so many stories of extraordinary individuals who created extraordinary things, and we never really know about their accomplishments until we stumble across some exhibit or manuscript. Really fun! I totally agree with you that despite all the drama, Diana turned the modern role of princess into so much more than a figurehead And she grounded her sons in the idea of using their "platform" to be a positive force for good.
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Andrea/Cara here. I recently saw a fascinating museum exhibit entitled “Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World.” These three German princesses—Caroline of Ansbach, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz—all married into the British royal family and each had a profound influence on their adopted country. Needless to say, I came away enlightened! According to Amy Meyers, Director of the Yale Center for British Art and the organizing curator, “The princesses had sweeping intellectual, social, cultural, and political interests, which helped to shape the courts in which they lived, and encouraged the era’s greatest philosophers,... Continue reading
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Absolutely fascinating, Quantum! What forms of energy we might "become" is an intriguing question. I tend to be a skeptic on existence after physical death. But I also am open to the possibility that there truly are realms we haven't yet begun to explore or understand about matter, energy and, well, existence. Astrophysicists are talking about some really wild ideas concerning the universe.
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My morning coffee nearly spurted over my computer screen on reading your quantum gender suggestion! Perhaps you have scholarly scientific paper there! All of your above observations are so fascinating, especially the entanglement principle's possibility for healing. I've a good friend who's very knowledgeable on physics, and he got me interested enough to read Manjit Kumar's book "Quantum" which is so thought-provoking! My feeble brain isn't capable of comprehending most of the concepts, but the book really highlights how little we understand of the universe. What we think we know is being constantly challenged. Scientific exploration requires imagination, and so there's a nice bond between that discipline and what we do. We both ask, "what if" and then delve into exploring it. Writers do it by creating stories and often other worlds. As you say, really good authors can draw you into those worlds and they become wonderfully real. Thank you for the wonderful question, which has sparked such interesting answers and comments!
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Such a fabulous blog, Susan! So fascinating to hear these details and history of art explained!
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I'm not the elegant type either, Annette!
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Aren't the Locke hats amazing? Beautiful little sculptures. And it's got such a wonderful history in Regency times—Lord Nelson left a design for a naval hat with them, complete with folding eye patch. Alas, Trafalgar prevented him for picking up the finished hat. I agree with you on the dressing up. Whenever I see a Cary Grant movie, I think of how elegant everyone looks, even the taxi drivers! Comfort is good, but getting dressed up for nice occasions is something that ought to come back into style.
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What a wonderful story, Louisa. That was such a wonderful idea to keep your Great Aunt's hats. A beautiful and very fun way for family history to be passed down through generation. It's sad that so many modern homes have no grand attics (or they all get stuffed with current junk) so that kids don't get to explore stuff from grandparents and great grandparents. It really does create a bond to touch and wear family heirlooms.
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Yes, I think that's very right, Anne. One has only to look at the fact that so many cultures have strict rules on women covering their hair.
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And you are one of those people who carry off flamboyant hats with such panache! I thinks it's because you have fun with them, which show. Other of us—like me!—have that hangdog expression of "I look silly, don't I—and thus we do! Attitude has so much to do with it, I think.
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Your daughter sounds VERY stylish! Love the 1920s look—I bet she looks smashing in them!
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Oh, Eugenia, I'm glad I wasn't drinking coffee when I read this or it would have been all over the computer screen! Too funny!
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I totally agree that some people (moi) look silly in any hat, while others look absolutely fabulous! (Princess Kate!) Go figure. Sounds like you have quite a collection of practical hats.
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It sounds like you were very glamorous, Sue. In "The Crown" Queen Elizabeth and Priness Margaret were always wearing silk scarfs outdoors to protect their hair . . .but I agree, not my sort of style either. Baseball hats seem to be winning votes as a very practical headcovering. I agree that they are very good for shading the eyes.
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The nuisance factor is a huge one. I can't imagine having something on your head with drooping fruit or flowers. Unless one just stood as a mannequin . . . which I definitely do not. I'd be constantly knocking a hat off.
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Glad you enjoyed it, Betty. I have run out to the supermarket with a baseball hat clamped over a bad hair on many occasions! As I said, hats are good for practical reasons.
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I, too, admire the artistry and creativity of Regency hats. But from afar!
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You are clearly VERY stylish, StephanieL! I just can't carry them off. (Though I daresay the fact that I dislike them probably affects how I feel in them. The hatworn by the Duchess of Devonshire is more than over the top—it looks as big as her!But then, I suppose hats are an improvement over the Georgian fad of building elaborate hairdos with fruit and birds and boats, etc. (shudder.)
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