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Archive for August, 2015

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The best pictures of Czarina Alexandra of Russia

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Politics, Revolution, Royalty on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of Czarina Alexandra are formal portraits of the doomed Empress of Russia.
The first picture is a beautiful photograph showing Princess Alix of Hesse at the time of her marriage to Nicholas II .

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The Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna (Princess Alix of Hesse), the Affianced Bride of the Emperor Nicholas II

The second picture is a portrait of Alexandra.

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The Russian Imperial Wedding, HIH the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

The third picture shows Alexandra on a souvenir postcard of the Imperial visit to France.

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Souvenir of the Imperial visit to France showing Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna

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The best pictures of Abdul Karim, the Queen’s Indian Secretary

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Music, Oddities, Royalty, Scotland on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of Abdul Karim, Queen Victoria’s favourite and her Indian Secretary, show him in attendance and in portrait.
The first picture is a photographic portrait of the Munshi.

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Munshi Hafir Abdul Karim

The second picture shows the Queen being taught the Hindu language by the Munshi.

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Her Majesty receiving a lesson in Hindoustani from The Munshi Hafir Abdul Karim C.I.E.

The third picture shows the Munshi escorting the Queen to her seat for a concert at Windsor.

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The Imperial Institute Amateur Orchestra at Windsor Castle by Samuel Begg

Many more pictures of Queen Victoria can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of Czar Nicholas II’s visit to Balmoral Castle

Posted in Best pictures, Country House, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Politics, Royalty, Scotland on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of the Czar and Czarina at Balmoral are extraordinary images of this Imperial State Visit.
The first picture shows the magical arrival of the Czar and Czarina lighted by flambeaux.

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Our Imperial Guests, Arrival of the Czar and Czarina at Balmoral, escorted by Highlanders bearing Torches by A Forestier

The second picture shows Queen Victoria welcoming her Imperial guests at the castle entrance as the ceremonial torches blaze.

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The Arrival of the Czar and Czaritsa at Balmoral Castle, Her Majesty welcoming her Imperial Guests by Frank Dadd

The third picture is a charming image of Queen Victoria greeting the Czarina Alexandra, who of course was her grand-daughter.

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The Arrival of the Czar and Czaritsa at Balmoral by J Gulich

Many more pictures of Queen Victoria can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of Queen Victoria at Balmoral

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Castles, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Royalty on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of Queen Victoria at Balmoral show the monarch in various ceremonies and humbler situations.
The first picture shows Queen Victoria visiting the poor.

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The Queen visiting a Poor Cottager at Balmoral by A Forestier

The second picture is a painting of Prince Albert presenting a pair of dead stags to the young Queen Victoria at night.

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Evening at Balmoral Castle: The Stags brought Home by Carl Haag

The third picture shows Queen Victoria’s morning walk but its unusual feature is the original source’s description of “a gillie being in attendance with extra wraps” – this is clearly a small portrait of the famous John Brown.

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The Queen at Balmoral: the morning walk, "it is very unusual for Her Majesty to miss her morning walk betwen breakfast and luncheon. She may be seen with the Princess Beatrice and her favourite dogs strolling through the grounds or by Deeside, a gillie being in attendance with extra wraps in case the weather becomes 'too saft a wee.'"

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The best pictures of Balmoral Castle

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Castles, Country House, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Royalty, Scotland on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of Balmoral Castle are all picturesque views of the Royal family’s Scottish retreat near the banks of the River Dee.
The first picture shows the castle in its fairytale setting.

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Balmoral Castle by F C Varley

The second picture is a pastoralised image of the castle.

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Balmoral Castle

The third picture shows the gothic pile as an enchanted castle.

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Balmoral Castle

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The best pictures of the Isle of Skye

Posted in Best pictures, Geography, Geology, Historical articles, History, Scotland on Sunday, 30 August 2015

The best pictures of the Isle of Skye show picturesque scenes of this remote and beautiful Scottish island.
The first picture is a coastal view.

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View of the Coast of Sleat, Isle of Skye by H Mac Culloch

The second picture shows a crofter’s home on Skye.

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A Skye Crofter's Home

The third picture shows the spectacular and dramatic landslip known as the Quiraing.

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The Quiraing, Skye

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The best pictures of the Battle of Culloden

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Politics, Religion, Royalty, Scotland, War on Sunday, 30 August 2015

The best pictures of the Battle of Culloden show violent scenes from the last pitched battle fought on British soil.
The first picture is of a dramatic confrontation.

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The Battle of Culloden by Eric Parker

The second picture shows a similar scene with the Duke of Cumberland giving orders to fire on the Jacobite army.

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The Battle of Culloden by Pat Nicolle

The third picture shows an illustrated history of the Battle of Culloden.

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The Battle of Culloden by C L Doughty

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The best pictures of the flight of James II in 1688

Posted in Best pictures, Boats, Historical articles, History, London, Politics, Religion, Revolution, Royalty on Sunday, 30 August 2015

The best pictures of the flight of James II after the Prince of Orange’s successful ‘invasion’ show his various getaways in boats and him almost being unmasked at the last moment.
The first picture shows King James dropping the Great Seal into the Thames.

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King James throws the Great Seal into the Thames by Peter Jackson

The second picture shows James II leaving England for France.

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Realising that his cause was lost for the time being at least, James II took flight for France by James E McConnell

The third picture shows King James being attacked by suspicious sailors.

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After James II’s boat headed out for sea, some boats pulled alongside, and a party of fishermen and others roughly seized Sir Edward Hales and the king, whom they took to be a priest in disguise by Ken Petts

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The best pictures of the Siege of Londonderry

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Politics, Religion, Rivers, Royalty on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of the Siege of Londonderry show key moments in the Protestant stronghold’s struggle for survival in 1689.
The first picture shows the thirteen Derry Apprentice boys who shut the city gates against the Catholic Earl of Antrim’s army.

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George Walker, joint Governor of Londonderry, inciting the Apprentice Boys to shut the city gates against the besieging Jacobites

The second picture shows Colonel James Roche, the Orangeman who carried reports of the imminent relief to the city’s governors and was shot three times when he swam back downstream into an enemy ambush.

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Colonel James Roche is shot by Jacobites during the Siege of Londonderry by Ralph Bruce

The third picture shows the relief of Londonderry by two armed merchant ships.

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The Mountjoy and the Phoenix broke the siege when they breached a massive boom across the River Foyle

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The best pictures of the Battle of the Boyne

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Politics, Religion, Revolution, Rivers, Royalty, War on Friday, 28 August 2015

The best pictures of the Battle of the Boyne show William III and various commanders in the field of this important battle in British and Irish history.
The first picture of the battle is a lithograph made from the history painting by Benjamin West.

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The Battle of the Boyne by Benjamin West (after)

The second picture shows James II watching his army’s defeat as he makes his escape.

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James II at the Battle of the Boyne

The third picture is of William of Orange leading his troops on the banks of the Boyne.

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The Battle of the Boyne by Kronheim

Many more pictures of Ireland can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.