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Old 08-13-2011, 10:22 PM
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Who is Harriet Lane?
James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States. As he never married, his niece, the above mentioned Harriet Lane acted as his First Lady, serving as his hostess and working on special causes. When he served at the Court of St. James (before becoming President), she was given the rank of an ambassadors wife by Queen Victoria.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:40 PM
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My dear Zonk,

Thank you for this post. So Harriet was not an official "First Lady" because she was not married to the President but she fulfilled the role as hostess of the White House.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:43 PM
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Yes and no. She wasn't a wife but in the listing of US First Ladies, she is certainly included in Wikipedia and certain books. Along with a couple of other Presidents sisters and daughters.

You are quite welcome.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:52 PM
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she was a very strong women 4 letting 1 of her husband mistresses 2 see him on his death bed
also did she give mary of teck a hard time
but maybe she felt it her duty because queen Victoria was always forcing her 2 do things
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:53 AM
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Some of Edward and Alexandra's exquisite coronation gifts are going on display at Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee - King Edward VII's diamond encrusted sword goes on display at Buckingham Palace for Jubilee - Telegraph
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:00 AM
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I wish I could go to London again this year to see all the Jubilee displays just as I did in 2002 but money means I can't go.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:03 AM
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Same here. I had planned to go on a gap year this year with a Jubilee visit to London at the centre of the trip, but it didn't work out. I do wish they'd send some of the Royal Collection items on tour to Commonwealth Realms and then other countries so we could all enjoy its treasures.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:07 AM
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That would be a great idea - let the people in the other realms see some of these treasures in their homelands.

We have some tremenous museums here which would be more than capable of hosting these treasures.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:46 PM
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Edward VII (when Prince of Wales) trip toThe Holy Land

Apparently Edward, Prince of Wales went to visit the ancient cites of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Egypt in 1862 - 150 years ago!

The pictures are amazing.

Photograph taken by future King Edward VII in 1862 to prove Bethlehem existed to be displayed for the first time as part of Royal Collection exhibition | Mail Online
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:13 PM
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cepe - thanks for pointing this out! Bertie was only 21 at the time, The snaps are great. I'm going to make suse by biblical scholar friend sees them!
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:31 PM
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This was a tour that Albert planned for him and Victoria insisted that he go as it had been planned by her beloved Albert and everything Albert planned had to be fulfilled. It also meant that he avoided the absolute worst excesses of his mother's grief as he was sent away very soon after the funeral.

The headline is inaccurate as it implies that Bertie took the pictures when they were actually taken by the official photographer on the tour. The group was rather large.

It was a fun tour though in many ways for a young man, particularly when back at home was a woman in the depths of grief and given the belief that Victoria held that Bertie was responsible for Albert's death it would also give him some breathing space at that time.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:56 PM
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I like the idea that the future Head of the Church of England had to go and get proof that Bethlehem etc actually existed. This is the DM at its dimmest!
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:59 PM
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This was a tour that Albert planned for him and Victoria insisted that he go as it had been planned by her beloved Albert and everything Albert planned had to be fulfilled. It also meant that he avoided the absolute worst excesses of his mother's grief as he was sent away very soon after the funeral.

The headline is inaccurate as it implies that Bertie took the pictures when they were actually taken by the official photographer on the tour. The group was rather large.

It was a fun tour though in many ways for a young man, particularly when back at home was a woman in the depths of grief and given the belief that Victoria held that Bertie was responsible for Albert's death it would also give him some breathing space at that time.
Iluvbertie - what book(s) would you recommend that cover this trip with any detail? Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:31 PM
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I like the idea that the future Head of the Church of England had to go and get proof that Bethlehem etc actually existed. This is the DM at its dimmest!

Due to the limited nature of travel at the time and the limited media there were people who were questioning the existence of these places.

It was for this reason that the heir to the throne was sent, along with to further his own education and to get him out of his mother's way after Albert's death.

The idea was that if the heir to the throne was able to say that he had been there then the people who were questioning the Bible and its teachings would stop doing so as he was a believable person to say that places like Bethlehem etc were real - to the average British person in the street this was not something that they were able to do for themselves, unlike you and I today who can go there, if we so desire, and do see it on the media all the time.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:33 PM
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Iluvbertie - what book(s) would you recommend that cover this trip with any detail? Thanks!

I haven't come across any book that deals with this trip in any detail - it tends to get overlooked in the desire to move to his marriage and the grief of the family around Albert's death - most books I have read about him at this time, or about any other members of the family, tend to spend maybe a page or so on it and concentrate on the reasons for the trip rather than the trip itself - sadly.
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Edward VII's mistress: pictures of woman behind royal affair up for auction | Mail Online

Pictures of one of Edward VII's 'friends'.
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Does anyone know of any good books written about Queen Alexandra? Hard to find one of Amazon. Does she have an Official Biography?
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Queen Alexandra by Georgina Battiscombe was written about 45 years ago but still seems to be regarded as the definitive biography. I highly recommend it.
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Before her marriage to Count Luitpold of Castell-Castell, Princess Alexandrine-Louise of Denmark. the daughter of Prince Harald of Denmark, was mentioned as a possible bride for the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, who would be Edward VIII. What other princesses were considered as his wife?

In 1898 King Edward VII had been introduced to the pleasures of motoring at Warwick Castle. He had made a brief excursion in a six-horse-power Daimler.
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King Edward VII liked pottering about in the gardens of his friends, pointing out with his walking stick arrangements and vistas that appealed to him. He commented on alterations that had been made since his last visit.

In addition to King George V, there were eight crowned sovereigns in the funeral procession of Edward VII.
At the first Privy Council meeting of his reign, Edward VII had impressed his audience by his ability to speak fluently and spontaneously without a prepared speech.
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The British photographer Francis Bacon was the first photographer to join a royal tour.
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