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Old 01-16-2016, 05:31 AM
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The photographs of The Duchess of Wessex shouting at an RPO in the street will never be forgotten, in my humble opinion.
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Old 06-05-2016, 11:36 PM
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Dames and Ladies of Empress Elisabeth of Austria
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:29 PM
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Maria Semenovna Choglokova was appointed senior governess to Grand Duchess Catherine (Empress Catherine II). Maria was to act as the constant companion and chaperone. Maria was Empress Elizabeth's first cousin on her mother's side.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:10 AM
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Yes, a cousin of Anna (Catherine's mother in law) and the empress (Anna long dead). Maria's husband was a chamberlain. Maria's devotion and duty as a wife, and fertility (pregnant annually) were meant to inspire Catherine. Catherine hated the woman. In her biography she called her malicious, cruel, un-educated, simple-minded and self-righteous. Maria wasn't popular, considered ruthlessly ambitious. She and her husband were more jailors to the couple than anything. Went on for 7 years.
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:40 PM
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At the start of Catherine of Aragon's position as Queen Consort of Henry VIII, her ladies-in-waiting included:
Elizabeth Stafford, sister of the Duke of Buckingham
Anne Stafford, sister of the Duke of Buckingham
Margaret Scrope, wife of Edmund de la Pole
Elizabeth Scrope, wife of John de Vere, Earl of Oxford
Agnes Tilney, Countess of Surrey
Anne Hastings, daughter of Sir William Hastings
Mary Say, Lady Essex
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:41 PM
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It was considered an extreme honor to be lady in waiting to the queen. For unmarried women, it often was a way for their families to find them perspective husbands. Unfortunately also was a common source if mistresses for the king. Elizabeth Stanford married Anne Boleyn uncle Thomas Howard and was a staunch supporter of Catherine.

Mary scrope, the sister of the two above, was at court for three queens. She was part of Catherine's coronation, and a companion to Anne in the tower. Was also at court for jane.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:59 PM
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When Alexandra, the last Tsarina of Russia, wanted to go out on a carriage ride, a footman would inform one of the more than 250 police security agents employed by the Imperial Household.

He would phone the Palace Commandant who would ring the Imperial Stables and the office of the Military Secretariat to organise security. Once Alexandra was in her carriage her chief Cossack in uniform would stand at the back and they would set off on a pre-arranged route lined with police agents.

They would carry notebooks so that any and all incidents could be recorded. If the carriage stopped at any time so that Alexandra could speak to a passing acquaintance, that person would be approached afterwards wanting to know the object of the conversation and recording it.

The Romanovs all hated the surveillance they were obliged to live under, and their shadowing police agents whenever they went for a walk in the Palace gardens or Parks. Tsar Nicholas called these men 'nature-lovers' because if they were noticed by any of the Imperial family they would immediately look up to the sky or trees as if interested in the bird life or blossoms. Imagine living such a life!
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Beate Huitfeldt (1554-1626) was principal lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Catherine of Denmark from 1597 to 1612.
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Princess Diana's grandmother Lady Femroy was a lady in waiting for the Queen.
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Old 01-30-2022, 05:42 PM
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Lady Eleanor Monson was a lady in waiting to Marie, Duchess of Edinburgh.
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Princess Diana's grandmother Lady Femroy was a lady in waiting for the Queen.
Actually it was the queen mother whom she was LIW to
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Do Queen Sonja and Princess Mette-Marit have ladies-in-waiting?
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Old 02-18-2022, 11:07 PM
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In this picture you can see the Swedish Royal Court's dress much better, I believe that the Swedish Royal Court are the only or one of a few courts left to still carry on the tradition of a Court Dress.

The lady in the picture is Elisabeth Palmstierna and she is a Marshall of The Court.
Only Sweden still maintains the tradition of the court dress?
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Old 02-24-2022, 01:10 PM
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Diane de Poitiers was a lady in waiting to Queen Catherine de Medici of France.
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Old 02-24-2022, 02:25 PM
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Diane de Poitiers was a lady in waiting to Queen Catherine de Medici of France.
As a child Diane grew up in the household of Anne de Beaujeu, duchess de Bourbon the sister of Charles VIII & Regent of France.
Later Diane became a lady-in-waiting to Queen Claude of France and following her death she served the kings formidable mother Louise de Savoie and after her death in 1531 she became lady in waiting to Queen Eleanor.

Diane then went onto serve Catherine de Médicis until 1559 when the queen banished her from court.
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Old 04-10-2022, 05:32 PM
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What were these Ladies Waiting for?
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What is currently the most traditional court in Europe?
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Josepha Boegart was a lady in waiting to Queen Marie de Medici of France.
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Old 07-18-2022, 10:57 PM
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What is currently the most traditional court in Europe?
I would say the British Royal court because they still retain ladies in waiting and large entourage.
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Old 07-19-2022, 01:09 AM
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I would say the British Royal court because they still retain ladies in waiting and large entourage.
Beside the UK also Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, all have hofdames, dames du palais, chamberlains, foresters, equerries, stewards, treasurers, all have fully functioning royal mews, royal archives, etc.

But in all monarchies we see that the traditional "pool" of aristocracy and patriciate is changed for professional staff and an "inclusive policy" as well.

Less an lesser a baroness this-and-that or a countess so-and-so with sparkling family jewels in the entourage of royal ladies but more and more staff detached from ministerial departments or the armed forces.

That takes away the real "feel" of a royal court. Many Courts more and more look like a ministerial department, with a career carrousel and less an lesser as "a family business" where courtiers stay for a lifetime.

Sometimes this is enforced by the Government by the way. A recent example in Luxembourg where the whole Court organization was practically taken away from the Grand-Duke and is now under supervision of a manager, directly ressorting under the Premier Minister.
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