Book to film adaptations I’d like to see: The Secret Diary of a Princess by Melanie Clegg
The dramatic and often tragic years of Marie Antoinette’s early life, told in her own words. This book follows her privileged childhood and adolescence in the beautiful palaces of Vienna as the youngest and least important of the daughters of the all powerful Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and invites the reader to share the long journey, both emotional and physical that ended with her marriage to the Dauphin Louis of France at Versailles.
This is the unforgettable story of a charming, fun loving and frivolous young girl, destined for greatness, coming to age in one of the most magnificent and opulent courts that the world has ever seen.
Thank you! I’d love that too - so long as there’s a part for Tom Hardy! ;)
On 20th April, 1941, the morning after 150 incendiary bombs had gutted St. Bartholomew’s, East Ham a bride and groom arrived at the wrecked church. They found charred timbers and ravaged walls were all that was left of the church where they were to be married that day.
But Helen Fowler, aged 20 of Caledon Road, East Ham and her Canadian soldier sweetheart, Cpl. Christopher Morrison, aged 21 of the 48th Highlanders stood proudly amid the ruins of the bombed-out church and made their wedding vows, while fireman played their hoses on the wooden beams which were still smouldering.
Louis XVI was born on the 23rd August 1754. This 1769 engraving shows him as Dauphin, following a plough. Could this be the same one that was despatched to his new fiancée Marie Antoinette shortly after their betrothal. Imagine the disappointment!
A portrait of Queen Victoria by Winterhalter. This painting has been rarely seen until now as its ornate frame required such extensive renovation work. It’s now been restored to its former glory and is on display in Kensington Palace.
Amazing Princess Diana wallpaper designed by Julie Verhoeven for a display devoted to the late princess at Kensington Palace. I want it for my sitting room but my husband is rather less keen…
It’s incredible though - from a distance it looks like abstract patterns.