Here she is, still in need of sparkles and highlights, but the color is complete. I love drawing.
A very happy wedding anniversary to Her Majesty and to the Duke of Edinburgh.
At left, Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, donned a fringe tiara and a string of pearls to accent her beautiful gown. Designed by the princess’s favorite couturier, Sir Norman Hartnell, it was paired with her coronation dress in a special display to mark her 90th birthday this year. Her Majesty’s coronation gown was also designed by Hartnell.
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Included are royal diamonds as well as diamonds that are simply fabulous in their color or size. This grand list includes the Russian Orlov Diamond, the Koh-i-Noor, and the Tiffany Yellow Diamond. [Read it!]
This article appears in full on 1stdibs.com, written by Bella Neyman.
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Queen Fabiola of Belgium (June 11, 1928 – December 5, 2014) has passed away at the age of 86.The former queen died at her home at Stuyvenberg Castle on Friday after a final struggle with her health. We can rest assured that she is reunited now with her husband Baudoin, who adored her. The late king predeceased her by 21 years.
Fabiola, born into an aristocratic Spanish family, was the last of her siblings to marry. She was provided a magnificent education and trained as a nurse in Spanish military hospitals. Suffice it to say, she was not itching to marry right away and was focused on nursing, but a nun whom she met had other ideas.
She was deemed excellent wife material by the nun, Sister Veronica, whose express purpose was to find Baudoin a consort. Sister Veronica had been dispatched by the bishop of Malenes, who was distressed at the King’s lack of success at finding a suitable wife. He thought the King lonely, and thus Sister Veronica was sent on her mission.
Fabiola was everything they were looking for: Sister Veronica trumpeted her virtues and declared Fabiola “well-built, good-looking and striking, bubbling with life, intelligence and energy”. Baudoin’s lonely days were over.
The couple married in 1960. They were unable to have children of their own, but doted on their nieces and nephews.
Certainly, her family won’t be the same without Queen Fabiola. She appeared to be a fountain of strength, and a bit feisty. I remember a few years ago when she received a death threat from an anonymous source. The assassin claimed he would kill her using a crossbow during the balcony appearance for National Day in 2009.
On the day, the royals appeared on the balcony as usual. Suddenly, Queen Fabiola brandished a bright green apple and waved it around. It was a clear message to the bully: “Come and get me, William Tell.” What a gal.
Rest in peace, Fabiola.
Due to a business commitment, I will be unable to broadcast RoyaltyNow! tomorrow. However, I will be rescheduling the show for Sunday at 10:00 AM instead. Please join me!
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Trivia: Which race win still eludes Her Majesty? She has won many, but there’s just one more just outside her grasp. The answer at the end of the show.