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Old 11-26-2008, 07:05 PM
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Today I visited the Exhibition! I just loved it... It is indeed a very well organized exhibition. I would spend a whole day there (only if I had that chance...), watching carefully each object.

Decorating the walls of the several rooms with Amelia's statements (which reveal her states of mind about Portugal, the Portuguese, her personal life...) was a very good idea, IMO.

The Queen's objects are very well displaced and they are all interesting. What I loved the most was to watch her family photos, her passports, her wedding shoes (it's funny because usually most brides wear very high heel shoes on their wedding days to look taller, but the queen wear flat white shoes because she was so tall, so she didn't need high heels :) ). I also enjoyed to see her little jewels like pins, brooch jewels, the necklaces, the beautiful documents box...

D. Carlos was not the only artist at home :) We can appreciate some lovely paintings made by her. The main themes are flowers, love letters with flowers around, boats and (of course), the sea.

The fans' collection takes your breath away... and what to say about the queen's Dresses?... The royal dresses and her mantilha are very well preserved.

Without being fat, she was a large and physically strong woman. You can surelly conclude that by looking at the dresses size...

As a woman, I enjoyed to watch her personal objects ... like the Perfumes she wore ("Chypre", and "L'oeillet du roi") , her facial powders, her facial moisturizer, and so on.

IMO, everything on this Exhibition is elegant, classy and precious, just like the Queen Amelia was.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:13 PM
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Most of these pieces were personal gifts to her (always) faithful servants.

As the exhibition's catalog explains, the other objects that Amelia didn't give to the servants were "left unclaimed by her closest relatives, most likely because they were not contemplated in her will", "the objects "were kept in the attics of the Girard-Souza-Moreau, the Jouve and other families, whom any objects connected with the queen were relics to be preserved".

I had the great joy to speak with Drª Mª João de Oliveira e Silva St'Aubyn Mascarenhas who explained me a lot of things about Dª Amelia and her life.

Later, she presented to the Director of the Casa Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves, Dr. José Alberto Ribeiro (lucky day for me!). He is the responsible for this remarkable work.
As Rémi Fénérol wrote on the The years in exile of Queen Amelia - Rémi Fénérol Collection (the exhibition's catalog) this exhibition saw the day thanks to the support of José Alberto Ribeiro, who had visited Remi's home several years ago and enticed by the collection, told him of this wish to exhibit it in Portugal.

I promissed to José Alberto Ribeiro and to Maria João St's Aubyn Mascarenhas that I would mention this exhibition on the Royal Forums, so here it is
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:37 PM
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About the MENU:

It is indeed the menu of the last lunch of the royal family here in Portugal, at 05/October/1910. This lunch happened on the Real Paço of Mafra.

On the menu's envelope, the queen herself wrote "À garder (to keep) - menu du déjeuner de Mafra/5 Octobre 1910".

Poor people :( they knew they wouldn't come back...

Here is the Menu:

- Oeufs frits
- Timbale au riz
- Bifteck à l'anglaise
- Haricots verts au beurre
- Pain à la Portugaise.


On 4 October 1910 Manuel received his first official visit from the President of Brazil, Hermes da Fonseca. There were rumours that a republican revolution was imminent, and some ministers simply vanished into thin air. During the dinner, Manuel was informed that a revolution had started, and he decided to shorten the dinner and quickly left for the Palace of Necessidades.

During the night, shots could be heard at different locations in Lisbon. In the morning republican red and green flags were flying over official governmental offices. The Army joined the revolution and expelled the King by shooting at the palace with the marine cannons. The republic was officially proclaimed on 5 October 1910;

When the revolution started, Queen Amelia and Queen Maria Pia were in Sintra. When they were told about it, Amelia immediately left to be with her son. Her intentions were not to comfort him or to start weeping; instead, she came to make sure that the King remained strong so he could do something to save the situation. She was furious at the apathy of the monarchists and decided to face the danger with all her energy. But when the warships shot at the Palace of Necessidades, where the King was staying, there was very little that could be done. The palace was hit, and the royal family was forced to leave Lisbon and went to Mafra, where they lunched for the last time in Portugal.

Then, they left to Ericeira. Here they realised that the situation was hopeless. King Manuel, Queen Mother Amelia, Prince Afonso (King Carlos’ brother), Queen Maria Pia, some friends and ladies in waiting of the Queens, and the King’s secretary, the Marquis of Soveral, left Ericeira on board the yacht Amélia, heading for Gibraltar.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:57 AM
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Today I visited the Exhibition! I just loved it [...]
As a woman, I enjoyed to watch her personal objects ... like the Perfumes she wore ("Chypre", and "L'oeillet du roi") , her facial powders, her facial moisturizer, and so on.
Oh, Regina! That seems amazing indeed!
Exhibitions as such are always the most fascinating for me, because it's in the small intimate objects that we can find the essence of someone... How preety! It really seems to be a precious display...

Thank you very much for sharing your impressions!
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:43 AM
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Another article about this Exhibition
This article has several mistakes... oh these reporters
The name os the Director of the Casa-Museu is Dr. José Alberto Ribeiro (not José António Gonçalves)...

Another mistake on this article: the name of the Casa-Museu is Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves (not Casa-Museu José Anastácio Gonçalves). The Collector's name was António (not José) Anastácio Gonçalves.


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Oh, Regina! That seems amazing indeed!
Exhibitions as such are always the most fascinating for me, because it's in the small intimate objects that we can find the essence of someone... How preety! It really seems to be a precious display...

Thank you very much for sharing your impressions!
I know you would love it too, Elsa.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:40 PM
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Great article Regina - I have to say, I prefer it to the Wikipedia article on her!
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Dona Amélia - WOOK

Isabel Stilwell just published a new book (by Esfera dos Livros):
D. Amélia - A Rainha exilada que deixou o coração em Portugal.

Some photos and insights, in VIP magazine

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Queen Amelia of Portugal, a French princess born in exile in England, married the heir to the Portuguese throne, a throne that became increasingly precarious during her husband's reign. She tried to find a meaningful role as Queen but was constantly attacked by the republican press. Her husband and eldest son were assassinated in front of her, and when her younger son was deposed after a short reign, she left Portugal, the country she had come to deeply love, and ended her life as she had begun it - in exile.

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I'm sure seeing your husband & son killed infront of you was very traumautic for her. It's so sad.
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She was a very courageous woman, I have seen an etching of her when she stood up in the carriage and fought the assassin with all she had at hand, her bouquet of flowers.
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I believe all mothers, and Queens especially,have the instinct to protect their families. Just like in the early 19th century when the Dowager Duchess Augusta wanted to secure the House of Coburg. She did everything to enhance her family's fortune but she never realized that her original plan would result in her family's bloodline to dominate the European monarchies starting from the marriage of his son Albert to Queen Victoria.
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Thank you Regina for that wonderful article! As a Portuguese, I felt very proud when reading about our last queen!
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A great article about the Queen Amelia of the Portugal a French Princess. I feel very relax that she is the real queen regarding her work. She has suffered a lot being a queen. But she was really love by the people who understand her. She has fulfilled all the responsibilities as a queen and as a good mother as well as wife.
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Here's an article about the exhibition that is held at Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo (in Lisbon) about D. Carlos, as a photographer:

D. Carlos I fotógrafo amador na Torre do Tombo - Expresso.pt
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Dona Amélia - WOOK

Isabel Stilwell just published a new book (by Esfera dos Livros):
D. Amélia - A Rainha exilada que deixou o coração em Portugal.
She has not JUST published this book. This book was published an year ago and at the time she went to many TV programms to make publicity of it.
And it´s a terrible book.
Obviously she did no research, or minimal.
She repeats the legend it was Princess Clementine of Saxe-Coburg the match-maker of the wedding Amélia and Carlos, when the biographer of Clementine and letters at the Torre do Tombo prooves Clementine had nothing to do with it.
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She has not JUST published this book. This book was published an year ago and at the time she went to many TV programms to make publicity of it.
Well... my post is from March 2010

And yes, everything she writes is generally mediocre.
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Well... my post is from March 2010

And yes, everything she writes is generally mediocre.
oops! SORRY!!!!
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