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2 days agoArts : Prospero

“Elephant” (1889), by Thomas Longmore and John Hénk Source: Thomas Goode & Co. Ltd., London “Queen Victoria” (1841), by Francis Chantrey Source: Royal Collection Trust/ Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Elegant Shopping IV: London's Royal Exchange

I visited the Royal Exchange building in the City of London and it reminded me of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney: a large number of classy shops under one roof. But the dates of the two buildings were different and the shapesShow More Summary

The Order: 1886 reviewed — A beautiful, boring disappointment

The Order: 1886 Developed by: Ready at Dawn Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment Available on: PlayStation 4The Victorian era ended with Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, but seldom has it relaxed its grip on the popular imagination. Show More Summary

Yemen port city of Aden seethes with separatist fervor

A replica Big Ben still looks down on the harbor. Queen Victoria casts a dour gaze from her bronzed throne in a patch of green fronting the port.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Amateur Artists

2 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

Albert and Victoria may be no Raphael, but their work is more tasteful by far than that of their celebrity-artist counterparts.

Queen marks 63 years on British throne

Queen Elizabeth II on Friday celebrated 63 years on the British throne as she neared the record set by Queen Victoria for the longest-reigning monarch. There will be a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in London's Green Park, and a 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London. Show More Summary

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Weddings

3 weeks agoHumor : Neatorama

It’s not all fondant and games. Jen Doll, author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, reveals what today’s traditions owe to evil spirits, dental hygiene, and Queen Victoria. 1. The Egyptians were probably the first to exchange wedding rings. Show More Summary

New singles cabins debut on Cunard's Queen Victoria

The 2,014-passenger ship just emerged from a makeover.        

India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

last monthNews : The Daily Beast

Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, scion of the Lion of the Punjab, feminist revolutionary, Princess Sophia finally gets a worthy biography.

This Day in History: Queen Victoria Died in 1901 – Ending the Victorian Era

On this day in 1901, Queen Victoria died putting an end to the Victorian Era. A period of time when the British Empire spanned the globe. Her reign of 63 years and seven months, which is longer than that of any other British monarchShow More Summary

Get to Know the Chow Chow: China's Chosen One

There's a story that the teddy bear was modeled after a Chow Chow puppy. Supposedly, Queen Victoria was so besotted with her Chow puppy that she carried the dog everywhere, so friends made a stuffed version. Chow babies certainly look like teddy bears, but adult Chows are far more dignified (unless nobody's looking!). Share this image Dog... Show More Summary

Last Victorian Dies in England at Age 114

Kate Williams, The Guardian: On Friday, the last Victorian in Britain died. Ethel Lang was 114 and the last person left in Britain born in the reign of Queen Victoria.... It seems incredible that last week there was still one of Victoria's subjects left alive. Show More Summary

Britain’s Oldest Person Dead At 114

Ethel Lang was born in 1900. Below is a graphic of what occurred during her lifetime. She as the last living subject of Queen Victoria. Her main hobby was dancing, which she enjoyed until she turned 98, despite being registered blind. She was also a keen snooker [it’s like pool]  fan, an “excellent seamstress” and [...]

Judi Dench Has Harvey Weinstein's Name Tattooed On Her Ass

Dame Judi Dench was mostly working in British television before kingmaker Harvey Weinstein cast her in the lead role of Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown, for which she earned the first of seven Oscar nominations. How could she thank Weinstein, the man who had everything? Well, Dench got him the... More »

'Sophia' a fascinating story of a princess turned revolutionary

2 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Born in England and a favored goddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was thoroughly British. Yet she was also Indian — her father had signed his kingdom over to the British Empire — and that left Sophia caught between identities, something it would take her half...

Worth a Thousand Words: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria (1843). Franz Xaver Winterhalter (German, 1805-1873).via Books and Art I always heard that Queen Victoria was a pretty girl but I'd only seen images of her from her old age. Now in this, ‘the secret picture’, for her husband's 24th birthday, I see it is true.

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban Share a Sweet New Year's Kiss!

Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban share a super cute kiss on stage at the stroke of midnight during the ET Canada New Year’s Eve 2015 show on Thursday (January 1) at Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, Canada. The 47-year-old singer performed in front of 60,000 people that night and brought along his [...]

‘Into the Wood’s Emily Blunt On Facing Her Fears And Doing a Musical

As an actress from across the pond, Emily Blunt stood the risk of falling into the period film trap. Blunt did period--earning a Golden Globe nom for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria--but it's her gutsiness and rawness...Show More Summary

Queen Victoria in her goggles

2 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

In 1899, Queen Victoria sported these stylish specs to, er, cure her cataracts; details over at Weird Universe.

A Christmas fit for Queen Victoria

The trombone band refused to yield. It would not march behind horses.

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