The Tsars were some of the most lavishly dressed royals in history (portrayed here by Greta Scacchi and Ian McKellen)
The Daily Mail – 22 November 2008 – By Barbara Davies
Organised by the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra, it was remembered as the last great ball in Russian imperial history, a fancy dress spectacular at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg.
The 416 guests were requested to come in costumes from the time of 17th century Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. And, on 11 February, 1903, the Imperial Hermitage was transformed into a breathtaking scene of wealth and splendour.
The Guardian – 22 November 2008 – By Charlotte Higgins.
Tate Britain’s exhibition will include 10 rarely seen works from Royal Collection.
Like a combination of Mario Testino and Alastair Campbell, he was the chief projector of royal glamour, and chief political image maker, of Charles I.
In the process Anthony van Dyck set the standard for the grand British regal portrait, and was emulated by later artists from Gainsborough to John Singer Sargent to the portraitists of the golden age of Hollywood.
The National Post – 20 November 2008.
Letter-writer Regina Silva Robinson says she is displeased that Prince Charles will not take the Anglican title of “Defender of the Faith” when he takes the throne. Likewise, Catholic readers should be displeased by the Act of Settlement of 1701, which bars Roman Catholics (43% of the population of Canada) from becoming head of state of Canada.
Daily Mail – 25 November 2008 – By Richard Kay
OVER the years, she has risen to the challenge of adversity. When her overdraft ballooned to £4million she got a job to pay it off. When the royals refused to invite her to Sandringham for Christmas — but included her daughters — she shrugged off the snub with her own festivities.