Saturday, November 12, 2011

Obscure Book of the Day: A Royal Family Album from the Days of Queen Victoria to H.R.H. Prince Charles of Edinburgh

This Pitkin Book is just what it’s title suggests—it chronicles the lives of the Royals from the days of Queen Victoria until 1948 with the birth of Prince Charles of Edinburgh. It’s important to note that while most of us know Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales, at the time of his birth, since his mother was not yet Queen and his father was the Duke of Edinburgh, he had not yet been granted the title of “Prince of Wales.”

As with the other Pitkin Guides, this one relies on pictures more so than text to tell its tale. And, it really is a lovely book filled with reproduced paintings and photographs following the lives of six generations of the Royal Family.

Let’s take a look inside…

Queen Alexandra while Princess of Wales

George V and Queen Mary on their wedding day while Duke and Duchess of York

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII

Queen Mary and King George V attend the wedding of their daughter, The Princess Mary

King George V and Queen Mary at the 1911 Delhi Durbar

Queen Mary didn't want much to do with her eldest son, The Duke of Windsor, following the whole Abdication Kerfuffle.  However, he did return to England just before his mother's death and they shared a last, tense visit.

Prince Charles' Christening Cake

Queen Mary and Prince Charles--the last of the old guard and the first of the new.

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