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Meraude 06-22-2012 02:12 AM

Royal crafts
 
I know that queen Margrethe of Denmark is very skilled as an embroiderer (as well as in other artistic pursuits) and her maternal great-grandfather, Gustav V of Sweden, was also fond of stitching, http://jabbojabbo.files.wordpress.co...pg?w=240&h=138 Several other members of the Swedish royal family have had an interest of sewing. Here's a dress princess Margaretha made in the 1960:ies, 1960-tal. Foto Erik Lernestål | Cision Wire , at Märthaskolan, a dressmaking school named after princess Märtha of Sweden, later crown princess of Norway, who once was a student there.

The Bernadotte family have had many members interested in painting and drawing, music and design, maybe the most well-known designer was count Sigvard Bernadotte and today prince Carl Philip have studied design and princess Madeleine have university studies in art history.

The prince of Wales is also a royal with an interest in art, his watercolours are well-known.

Are there other royals interested in creating art and in doing different crafts?

Daria_S 06-22-2012 01:43 PM

I had no idea that members of the Swedish Royal Family liked to sew and stitch. Very talented people. I know that the Prince of Wales loves to paint and has some really lovely watercolors. I've read that Margrethe II of Denmark was a very talented artist (I've never seen any of her works though).

Jacknch 06-22-2012 01:54 PM

Queen Margrethe is reknowned for her love of arts and crafts. Apart from painting and lithographs, she enjoys making Christmas decorations and decoupage, designing theatre costumes and undoubtably designing some of her own clothes. She also enjoys flower arranging and of-course designing monograms.

Queen Beatrix enjoys sculpture and is very good at it.

The Prince of Wales is the only British royal I know of who paints (Queen Victoria used to draw). Prince Andrew was very much into photography at one point.

Meraude 06-22-2012 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Jacknch (Post 1434093)
Queen Margrethe is reknowned for her love of arts and crafts. Apart from painting and lithographs, she enjoys making Christmas decorations and decoupage, designing theatre costumes and undoubtably designing some of her own clothes. She also enjoys flower arranging and of-course designing monograms.

Yes, she is very talented. She has embroidered several robes to Danish churches too. I remeber reading an article about her and her embroideries in a Swedish sewing magazine some years ago. Here you can find some examples of her artistic works: http://www.studiolauraeus.com/margarethe_koko.pdf

The artistic talent in the Bernadotte family goes back at least as far as the children of Oscar I, his son Gustaf was a known composer and his daugher Eugénie made water colours showing her everyday life, there are some of her works at the art museum in Visby, Gotland. The most well-known painter in the Bernadotte family was prince Eugen, son of Oscar II. His home in Stockholm, Waldemarsudde, is now an art museum. Here ar some of the works of Eugénie and Eugen: http://www.waldemarsudde.se/xpress_bernadotter.html

Jacknch 06-22-2012 02:16 PM

Thanks for the link Meraude. Yes, I forgot about the robes - she also designed an alter cloth as well I believe. Very talented indeed and it's amazing she is able to find time to pursue so many interests. I read in a Hello! Magazine interview a couple of years ago that she reserves Thursday afternoons for her art.

EIIR 06-22-2012 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Jacknch (Post 1434093)
Queen Margrethe is reknowned for her love of arts and crafts. Apart from painting and lithographs, she enjoys making Christmas decorations and decoupage, designing theatre costumes and undoubtably designing some of her own clothes. She also enjoys flower arranging and of-course designing monograms.

Queen Beatrix enjoys sculpture and is very good at it.

The Prince of Wales is the only British royal I know of who paints (Queen Victoria used to draw). Prince Andrew was very much into photography at one point.

Don't forget the Duke of Edinburgh, Jack. He's been known to dabble in painting also.

Duchessmary 06-22-2012 03:28 PM

I believe Queen Mary was fond of needlework as well. She taught her son, later the Duke of Windsor, the craft as well and he was an expert. :smile:

Jacknch 06-22-2012 04:00 PM

Well, you learn something everyday EIIR! I had no idea that the Duke was a painter - and what a great painting that was of the Queen at the breakfast table!
Seeing the arts and crafts made and created by people is interesting because I think it lets you in on another dimension of the person's character. I think most people are potentially creative even if it's just a few blotches on a piece of paper, because it's still something unique to that person. Of-course another royal we should mention is Lord Linley who designs and makes wooden objects - expensive wooden objects but nonetheless very beautiful!
Gosh, when you start to think about it there are many royals who do arts and crafts! I've just remembered the IRF of Japan's poetry and there must be some artists among them aswell.

Meraude 06-22-2012 05:03 PM

I know that princess Grace of Monaco was interested in flower arrangements and she made dried flower arrangements and sold some of them for charity.


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