I have decided what you can do with all the flowing floral frocks we have seen over the past several years: let the younger set wear them. Estelle’s dress is by Bonpoint, and it’s pretty and feminine and the gold thread adds a little oomph of nightime sparkle. As for the adults, Victoria is wearing an animal print skirt by Nathalie Schuterman and Sofia’s top is by Soft Goat. I have no clue on the designer of Sil’s dress, but it is definitely prime shine Silvia.
She’s sixteen. She had the greatest confirmation ever last year (at least until Prince Christian has his, this year). She is a powerhouse of a Queen in Training, who loves her family, bunad and bats – and we do indeed have photographic proof of all of that.
At one time, there was a Queen-in-Training whose journey to Queenhood was far more treacherous than that of our current crop of princesses. Thanks to our guest author, geogirl, for this post describing the day Elizabeth I began her reign. This is the second of three parts, “On This Day”, “The Events of the Day”, and “Coronation Finery”.
At about two o’clock on the afternoon of Saturday 14 January, Elizabeth made her royal entry into London from the Tower in a procession with over 1000 horses. It had snowed a little and people spread sand and gravel outside their houses to mitigate the muddy roads. She was carried on a litter, covered in white cloth of gold, and lined with pink satin. It was carried by two mules, attended on either side by a line of footmen in scarlet cloaks and escorted by a further line of Gentlemen Pensioners .
The instructions and etiquette for Elizabeth’s state processions were documented in a book known as the Little Device, which had originally been compiled in 1377 for Richard II and had been used at most coronations since. The coronation service used was that of Edward II’s (in 1308) and spoken in Latin for the last time. The service was translated into English by 1601.
Also for the last time, there was a Catholic mass. The Little Device stipulates that the monarch was to enter Westminster Hall at seven o’clock in the morning. After being (in)censed by the Archbishop of York, the queen walked the short distance to the abbey in procession, flanked by the Earls of Pembroke and Shrewsbury and her train carried by the Duchess of Norfolk. She was followed by other nobles carrying the coronation swords, the orb and three crowns which were borne by the Kings of Arms.
According to eyewitnesses, the coronation feast was in Westminster Hall had been decorated by the hanging of two enormous tapestries which had been bought by Henry VIII, representing the Book of Genesis and the Acts of the Apostles.
The 200 guests were seated at four large tables, each divided along the centre to allow the red-caped servants to serve the food.
The organisers of the feast, the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal and the Earl of Arundel, the Lord Steward, rode around the hall mounted on horseback.
The feast began at 3 o’clock when the queen washed her hands. The highlight of the feast was the entry of the Queen’s Champion, ‘a country gentleman whose family has long been privileged to do this at all Coronations’, actually Sir Edward Dymoke, mounted and in a full suit of armour, who issued the traditional challenges, each time throwing down his gauntlet.
The feast ended at 9 o’clock in the evening, when the queen left for Whitehall. A joust organised for the next day had to be postponed as the queen was ‘feeling rather tired’.
“She is only a woman, only mistress of half an island,” marvelled Pope Sixtus V, “and yet she makes herself feared by Spain, by France, by the Empire, by all”.
At one time, there was a Queen-in-Training whose journey to Queenhood was far more treacherous than that of our current crop of princesses. Thanks to our guest author, geogirl, for this post describing the day Elizabeth I began her reign. This is the first of three parts, “On This Day”, “The Events of the Day”, and “Coronation Finery”. Make sure to tune back in for the next two.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth I as queen regnant of England and Ireland took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 15 January 1559, 461 years ago today. Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne at the age of 25.
Sunday 15 January 1559 was chosen, not because it was an appropriate Christian holy day, but on the advice of her court astrologer, Dr John Dee. He advised it was a date on which the stars and planets would be in favourable positions.
The time between her accession and coronation very short because she was concerned with her legal status.
In her lifetime, she had gone from legitimate princess when she was a baby and toddler, to bastard and excluded from the line of succession in 1533.
By 1543/44, her place in the succession had been restored, but not her legitimacy. It was not a foregone conclusion she would be queen. She was an unmarried woman, her claim to the throne rested on her executed mother and there was likely to be a further period of religious upheaval.
Rather than trying to unsnarl the legislation, she and her advisors decided to be bold, expedite the coronation and allow celebrations in the streets of London. It was a critical hurtle for her acceptance.
Elizabeth spent some £16,000 of her own money on the coronation, while the aldermen, livery companies and merchants of the City contributed a very substantial amount. This when 15£/year was considered high for a “common soldier”. In 2020 the same soldier might make $20-30,000. If held today, the coronation might cost about $25M.
Chosing who would conduct the actual coronation service was problematic because, as a result of deaths, illness and “heretical activities” during her sister Mary’s reign, there were few high ranking bishops available. Finally, the lower-ranking Bishop of Carlisle, Owen Oglethorpe, accepted the role.·
A quick Saturday morning post to wish Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, a very happy 16th birthday. According to her parents, who want her to live a relatively normal life until she takes on royal duties, there will be no official appearances on this occasion. Said to be fiercely intelligent, and in looks and manners channeling her grandmother Queen/Princess/Oma Beatrix strongly, the Princess is on track to become a fierce Queen.