Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Revisiting "George's Gems"

King George III
Photo found at The Telegraph

The Georgian Era was a time when men took great pains with their appearances. Toward the beginning of this period, embroidery and lace were the most common adornment on men’s clothing. However, toward the end of this era, the embroidery and lace were omitted from the casual clothing of the day and reserved solely for the highly elaborate outfits worn to court and public appearance. Of course our king had many occasions to wear such outstanding apparel, being the king and all.

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Lover's Eye Locket
Photo found at Georgian Index

Now that we’ve covered his actual gems, I want to turn to some of the jeweled moments in his public life. We know that George III was a devoted father and husband, and he does not disappoint in matters of state, either. Following are a series of public accounts that have endeared him to me even more than ever. I hope you see the same picture I do. As this will be our last look at his life, I want the impression I leave of him to be the esteemed one that I hold of him.

I begin with a portion of one of his first speeches in parliament: “Born and educated in this country, I glory in the name of Briton; and the peculiar happiness of my life will ever consist in promoting the welfare of a people whose loyalty and warm affection for me I consider as the greatest and most permanent security of my throne; and I doubt not but their steadiness in those principles will equal the firmness of my invariable resolution to adhere to and strengthen this excellent constitution in church and state, and to maintain toleration inviolable. {1}”

Doesn’t it just sound poetic? I love the way they talked back then, although I did have to look up the word ‘inviolable.’ It’s an adjective that means “must be kept sacred; that cannot be transgressed or dishonored; able to withstand attack; not capable of being violated or infringed. {2}” 

Can I just say; I love that word!?!?! Here we see a man who understood the very sanctity of his position. He worked hard his entire life, regardless of his popularity or even his sanity at any given time, to fulfill his promise to keep the welfare of his people front and center during his entire reign. It’s clear that there were times when some did not agree with his decisions, but throughout his life he maintained his integrity and devotion despite opposition.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Revisiting "A Face in the Crown"

George III
Photo courtesy of English Monarchs

I continue the transformation of the archives of Vintage Betrothal. They have become a gallery of photos with excerpts from my original posts. Here is today's excerpt:

As I’ve said before, I love King George III. Here’s the account I’ve thought about most often this week. Who wouldn't love a man who said of his future bride: “This is the lady whom I shall select for my consort [bride]: here are lasting beauties, on which the man who has any mind may feast and not be satiated. If the disposition of the princess but equals her intellect, I shall be the happiest man, as I hope, with my people’s concurrence, to be the greatest monarch, in Europe.”

George III & Sophia Charlotte
Photo courtesy of Stockphoto

I swoon every time I read these words. I want my ‘king’ to say such things to me, and perhaps he will when he finally gets a chance to sit down and read these words of mine.

From his very own words, it’s clear that George III prized pleasant and intelligent company. Having never met Sophia Charlotte, she stole his heart with a letter she boldly wrote to a different king, the one who ransacked her country. It was a very passionate letter and not only did it change the course of history for her countrymen, but it turned the heart of our king and led her to become queen of the greatest nation of her time.

Photo courtesy of Horse Hints
This would be yet another lesson we learn from her. Passionately be yourself. Speak your heart and mind. Expect that you can make a mark in your world when you stand up for what matters to you.

It isn’t necessarily about speaking out or speaking up. Not everyone is called to a national forum as she was. This can translate to doing whatever it is that you do with passion, purpose, and intellect; being a mom, being a wife, working in a corporation, working in a grocery store or gas station.

If you are passionate about what you do and set your mind to doing your best, not in competition but in commitment to giving as much as you have to give at any one moment, you will stand out. It may take awhile, but you will find yourself promoted, listened to, honored, and adored.

Princess Amelia
Photo courtesy of Chest of Books

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Revisiting "Royal Couture"

Sophia Charlotte Collage
Photo courtesy of Polyvore

I hope you enjoy these images as reminders of Vintage Betrothal's history, a time when posts were longer and about UK Queens. In this post, I introduced our first woman of the hour, Queen Sophia Charlotte. Here is an excerpt from that post:

In that vein, I want to introduce to you Sophia Charlotte, queen consort to King George the Third. She was born a princess in Germany in 1744, and she reigned as Queen over England from September 8, 1761, until her death on November, 17, 1818. King George the Third chose Sophia Charlotte as his wife based solely on a letter she wrote in her youth to the King of Prussia on behalf of her people.

Upon reading the entirety of this letter, King George was smitten. He said of her, “This is the lady whom I shall select for my consort: here are lasting beauties, on which the man who has any mind may feast and not be satiated. If the disposition of the princess but equals her intellect, I shall be the happiest man, as I hope, with my people’s concurrence, to be the greatest monarch, in Europe. [2]” Be still, my heart! I think I’m a bit smitten with King George.

Anyway, as you will discover, I’m madly in love with Queen Sophia Charlotte, as well. Her depths of character astound me, and I’m eager to learn all I can from her about how to become royalty.