The State Opening of Parliament 2013
Young Princess Anne (bottom) compared to her mother, Elizabeth II.
Definite family resemblance there, they looked so similar when they were young!
Coronation Portraits of Queens of the United Kingdom from the House of Windsor (Saxe-Coburg and Gotha):
- Alexandra of Denmark
- Mary of Teck
- Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
- Elizabeth II
“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”
Royal Birthdays for today, April 21st:
Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empress, 1673
Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria, 1767
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1926
Isabella, Princess of Denmark, 2007
- Charles, Prince of Wales
- Anne, Princess Royal
- Prince Andrew, Duke of York
- Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway jumping into an ice-cold Norwegian sea as part of his deal with the other people on the TV-program “Oppdrag Nord-Norge”
Our future king jumps into ice cold waters for fun.
What does your head of state do?
Jumps out of a plane and parachutes into the Olympics!
Both Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are directly descended from Queen Victoria, and are distant cousins.
Elizabeth is descended from Victoria’s eldest son, Edward VII:
Queen Victoria —-> Edward VII —->George V —-> George VI —-> Elizabeth II
Philip is descended from her second daughter, Princess Alice:
Queen Victoria —-> Princess Alice —-> Princess Victoria of Hesse —-> Princess Alice of Battenberg —-> Prince Philip
I’m fairly certain the Queen is wearing Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch here!