Thursday, February 17, 2011

British Royal Weddings of the 20th Century

British Royal Weddings of the 20th Century is a new region 2  DVD  (which is the United Kingdom and Western Europe).  It will be released in the UK on April 4.

"Throughout the twentieth century, Royal Weddings were events of majestic splendour. People would camp out overnight in the streets of London to get a prime location for the procession the next day. They would gather in their thousands to garner a glimpse of the newly married couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Street parties were held up and down the country in celebration - the extravagance, the splendour, the sheer pomp and pageantry all combined to make for extraordinary scenes of patriotic pride and national unity. In this collection we relive all the major Royal Weddings of the Twentieth Century, seeing them just as the cinema audiences of the time would have experienced them. Join us in a comprehensive and nostalgic look back at some of the most memorable and extraordinary days, in not just royal history, but in the history of Britain. 1922 PRINCESS MARY 1922 LORD MOUNTBATTEN 1923 PRINCE ALBERT wed ELIZABETH BOWES-LYON 1934 DUKE OF KENT weds PRINCESS MARINA OF GREECE 1935 PRINCE HENRY, DUKE OF GLOUCESTER 1947 PRINCESS ELIZABETH weds PRINCE PHILIP 1960 PRINCESS MARGARET weds ANTONY ARMSTRONG-JONES 1961 PRINCE EDWARD DUKE OF KENT weds KATHERINE WORSLEY 1963 PRINCESS ALEXANDRA weds MR ANGUS OGILVY 1972 PRINCE RICHARD (DUKE OF GLOUCESTER) weds BIRGITTE VAN DEURS of DENMARK 1973 PRINCESS ANNE weds MARK PHILLIPS 1981 PRINCE CHARLES weds LADY DIANA SPENCER 1986 PRINCE ANDREW weds SARAH FERGUSON DVD BONUS FEATURES 1949 EARL OF HAREWOOD 1960 LADY PAMELA MOUNTBATTEN and additional silent camera rushes of the major weddings.


ROYAL WEDDINGS are an event of majestic splendour attracting world-wide attention, with street parties held up and down the country in celebration. They are the celebration of extravagance, splendour and pageantry all combined to make extraordinary scenes of patriotic pride and national unity. This DVD is a comprehensive collection of the most memorable days from all major ROYAL WEDDINGS of the TWENTIETH CENTURY. Includes 13 ROYAL WEDDINGS dating from Princess Mary 1922.
Please note: this DVD WILL NOT play on most American and Canadian DVD players.  

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Highlight - Sophie de Roumanie

"When Nature Calls"

H.R.H Princess Sophie of Romania, who goes by "Sophie de Roumanie" professionally, is deeply passionate and committed to her craft. Whether it is a photograph of the dawn shrouded in a foggy mist or the quiet expression on a cat’s face, Sophie’s photographs are magical and enchanting, and they touch the hearts of those who view them.

Nature is a treasure trove of wonderment. Most people don’t take the time to stop and see all the beauty in nature that surrounds us. Yet through Princess Sophie’s photographs, we have the privilege to see the intriguing, elusive and mysterious beauty that nature holds.

"When Nature Calls" is an exclusive collection of some of Princess Sophie’s photographs taken over the last 3 years, along with complementary quotes introducing each section of the book.

"Along the flowers' way"

An uplifting bilingual book. Delightful in its simplicity. The perfect combination of inspirational words and gentle close-up photographs of the flowers around us. So often we are in such a rush in life that we do not take the time we need to stand and stare, to ponder our direction. A breath of fresh air in our eternal hurry to get through each day.

In « Along the flowers' way » we have the perfect inspirational book for that special gift, or to place in a corner of your home where a page can be turned in a quiet moment, giving your day that special uplift. The nod, the smile that makes life worthwhile.

Further titles in this series are following. Look out for them!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Read more about it: Archduke Otto

Gordon Brook-Shepherd's Uncrowned Emperor is the only English-language biography of Archduke Otto of Austria.   This book was published in the US and in the United Kingdom.

Brook-Shepherd is also the author of The Last Empress, a biography of Empress Zita, consort of Karl I, and mother of Archduke Otto.

An authorized biography of Archduke Otto, Otto von Habsburg. Die autorisierte Biografie, was published by Amalthea-Verlag in 2007.  This book has not been translated into English.   The author is Eva Demmerle, who held various positions in the European Parliament, and currently works as Archduke Otto's press spokeswoman.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Read more about it: Princess Mary and the Harewoods

Although no major biography of Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, has been written, material about her life and her personality can be found in biographies of her brothers: Edweard VIII, George VI, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester.  Her elder son, the Earl of Harewood, wrote his memoirs,  Tongs and Bones (Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1981)

In the 1920s, the princess was the subject of two hagiographies, including Princess Mary Viscountess Lascelles (Hutchinson: 1929), which was written by Evelyn Graham.  The subtitle of this book is the "Intimate and Authoritative Life storu of only Daughter of Their Majesties the King and Queen by One Who had Special Facilities and Published with the Approval of Her Royal Highness."

read more about it: the Bulgarian royals

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For more information on Ferdinand of Bulgaria, here are several recommended titles:

Foxy Ferdinand, 1861-1948, Tsar of Bulgaria by Stephen Constant.  This biography was published in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1979.

Ferdinand of Bulgaria: the dream of Byzantium by Hans Roger Madol  (1933)


Ferdinand of Bulgaria: the Amazing Career of a Shoddy Czar (1916)

Crown of Thorns: King Boris III of Bulgaria by Stephane Groueff (University Press of America: 1987)

King of Mercy: Boris III of Bulgaria 1894-1943 by Pashanko Dimitroff  (Wexford & Barrow: 1993)

King Maker - Clementine d'Orleans Princess Augustus of Saxe-Coburg by Pashanko Dimitroff (1997)