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I’m reading the article on the daily mail talking about the 4 generations photo taken at George’s christening and it’s really getting to me. It’s talking about how the only other time such a picture was taken was during the reign of Victoria and it says:

He lies on Queen Victoria’s lap — a…

When people ask me why I like the royal family, this is why. Living history.

Hello great blog have you heard of public domain review that is pretty good keep going anyway christophergeepaintings asked by Anonymous

Thank you very much indeed! Presuming you mean this Pubic Domain Review then yes, yes I have! In fact, here’s a post I made last year with content thieved from their site.

I’m definitely the best king in England at the moment.

—Charles II, after his commitment was questioned in the House of Commons. (via ieatedthepurpleone)

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Anne Brontë’s Grave
I saw Anne Brontë’s grave at St. Mary’s church in Scarborough today. She died in a nearby hotel in 1849. Her lasts words were to her sister, Charlotte, who she told to ‘take courage’ when she saw her crying. 

Anne Brontë’s Grave

I saw Anne Brontë’s grave at St. Mary’s church in Scarborough today. She died in a nearby hotel in 1849. Her lasts words were to her sister, Charlotte, who she told to ‘take courage’ when she saw her crying. 

Hello! Do you know of any similar blogs I can follow? Anything having to do with oddities, curiosities, the paranormal, weird history, etc would be perfect. Thanks so much! asked by actualsnorkmaiden-deactivated20

Hi! I don’t follow many blogs similar to mine but definitely Atlas Obscura, Weird Vintage, Ugly Renaissance Babies, and Antiques and Strange are some of my favourites. I think people should be able to comment below if there are any other good ‘uns!

Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree
My friend and I travelled to Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire today, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, and the likely setting of the famous ‘apple incident’. We saw the room where he was born, and the bedroom where he conducted experiments with light, but by far the most interesting thing was the apple tree in the grounds just outside.
The story of an apple dropping from a tree having inspired Newton’s theory of gravity is confirmed in the writings of some of Newton’s closest friends. William Stukeley, Newton’s biographer, for example, wrote in 1726 how Newton told him, as the strolled below apple trees in Kensington, how:

… he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. “why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,” thought he to himself; occasion’d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a contemplative mood. “why should it not go sideways, or upwards? but constantly to the earths center? assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. 

[Sources: Photograph: Mine | Woolsthorpe Manor | Isaac Newton] 

Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree

My friend and I travelled to Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire today, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, and the likely setting of the famous ‘apple incident’. We saw the room where he was born, and the bedroom where he conducted experiments with light, but by far the most interesting thing was the apple tree in the grounds just outside.

The story of an apple dropping from a tree having inspired Newton’s theory of gravity is confirmed in the writings of some of Newton’s closest friends. William Stukeley, Newton’s biographer, for example, wrote in 1726 how Newton told him, as the strolled below apple trees in Kensington, how:

… he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. “why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,” thought he to himself; occasion’d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a contemplative mood. “why should it not go sideways, or upwards? but constantly to the earths center? assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. 

[Sources: Photograph: Mine | Woolsthorpe Manor | Isaac Newton

Instructions on How to be King
A previously unseen letter written in 1749 from Frederick, Prince of Wales to his son, the future George III giving advice on how to be a good king has been revealed by The Royal Collection. Frederick was the estranged son of George II but takes inspiration from his grandfather, George I, for his ideas.
He encourages his son: 

The sooner you have an opportunity to lower the interest, for God’s sake, do it… if you can be without war, let not your ambition draw you into it… Flatterers, Courtiers or Ministers, are easy to be got, but a true Friend is difficult to be found… Let your steadiness retrieve the glory of the throne.

Furthermore, he urges George to reduce the country’s debt, ease the tax burden and to behave as ‘an Englishman born and bred’. 
Sounds like he would have been a good king himself, but he died prematurely and never took the throne. Eerily, he writes in the letter how '[He] shall have no regret never to have wore the Crown, if [George] do but fill it worthily'.
[Sources: Royal Collection]

Instructions on How to be King

A previously unseen letter written in 1749 from Frederick, Prince of Wales to his son, the future George III giving advice on how to be a good king has been revealed by The Royal Collection. Frederick was the estranged son of George II but takes inspiration from his grandfather, George I, for his ideas.

He encourages his son: 

The sooner you have an opportunity to lower the interest, for God’s sake, do it… if you can be without war, let not your ambition draw you into it… Flatterers, Courtiers or Ministers, are easy to be got, but a true Friend is difficult to be found… Let your steadiness retrieve the glory of the throne.

Furthermore, he urges George to reduce the country’s debt, ease the tax burden and to behave as ‘an Englishman born and bred’. 

Sounds like he would have been a good king himself, but he died prematurely and never took the throne. Eerily, he writes in the letter how '[He] shall have no regret never to have wore the Crown, if [George] do but fill it worthily'.

[Sources: Royal Collection]

The Real Tintin
In 1928 the Danish newspaper Politiken held a competition in honour of Jules Verne, the prize being, rather fittingly, an around the world trip. The competition was open only to teenaged boys who would be assisted to circumnavigate the globe in 46 days unaccompanied and by using any means of transportation with the exception of aviation.
Fifteen year old Palle Huld from Hellerup, Denmark, was chosen as the winner from hundreds of applications. On 1st March 1928 he left Denmark and travelled through England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Korea, China (Manchuria), The Soviet Union, Poland and Germany before returning to Copenhagen to the cheers of a gathered crowd twenty-thousand people strong. Shortly after this trip he took another through Sweden, back to England, and to France, where he ay flowers at the grave of Jules Verne. He later became an actor.
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The Real Tintin

In 1928 the Danish newspaper Politiken held a competition in honour of Jules Verne, the prize being, rather fittingly, an around the world trip. The competition was open only to teenaged boys who would be assisted to circumnavigate the globe in 46 days unaccompanied and by using any means of transportation with the exception of aviation.

Fifteen year old Palle Huld from Hellerup, Denmark, was chosen as the winner from hundreds of applications. On 1st March 1928 he left Denmark and travelled through England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Korea, China (Manchuria), The Soviet Union, Poland and Germany before returning to Copenhagen to the cheers of a gathered crowd twenty-thousand people strong. Shortly after this trip he took another through Sweden, back to England, and to France, where he ay flowers at the grave of Jules Verne. He later became an actor.

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Hey! Love your blog--I was wondering if you could help me out with something. A while back you posted something about one of the queens of England a system her mother and advisor had parented her by to keep her dependent. Sorry if it doesn't ring any bells, I've just been looking for ages! asked by koifishesbutterflykisses

I think you might mean The Kensington System

A wee fact I was made aware of recently, and really quite fascinated by, was that the two people above once met in a London bookshop in 1932.

The old lady is Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and the young man is Peter Llewelyn Davies, the boy on whom J M Barrie based Peter Pan!

I’m not quite sure why I find this so intriguing, I just think I’d like to know what two people with such a unique bond talked about.*

* A fictional play called Peter and Alice based on this encounter was written by John Logan and starred Dame Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw.

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