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Queen Victoria, Artist

Among the Queen’s talents was a gift for art. Victoria’s notebooks were filled with sketches and watercolors: From her subtle yet rich watercolors to her seemingly austere but remarkably expressive black-and-white ink sketches (with a style reminiscent of Wendy MacNaughton’s), the drawings complement her observations of daily life and capture everything from members of the Royal Family [...]

How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names

Here’s a little more Canadian history on this Canada Day. Alberta Named in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta are also named after her. British Columbia The name refers to the Columbia District, the [...]

Bringing a Different Meaning to the “Crown” Jewels

A tooth necklace might seem like the type of accessory you would have found in Jeffrey Dahmer’s dresser drawers, but back in Victorian times, there was no sweeter way to commemorate your child’s first lost tooth. In fact, Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, had their first daughter’s milk tooth made into a brooch shaped like a [...]

Another Royal Wedding

Video Link This one took place in 1923. You might recognize the happy couple – they were recently the subject of an Oscar-winning movie. Yup, that’s Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, AKA the Queen Mother, and Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI). Via Lil Blue Boo

6 Articles of Clothing That Caused Riots

Note: This article was originally published in 2009. We’re currently switching to a new hosting provider, and it’s a messy process. So while we wait for the “OK, you can start posting again” note from the server migration people, we’ll be putting up a few stories you may have missed the first time around. The clothes [...]