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Royal Jewels

Royal Jewels – The Greville Bow Brooch

Like the Cartier Lily Brooch, the Greville Bow Brooch is unusually large. The brooch was probably commissioned in 1900 by Dame Margaret Greville, the wife of the Hon. Ronald Greville. The commission was given to Boucheron, a firm that Margaret patronised regularly. This particular commission cost 3,000 francs and consisted of dismantling a knot-pattern diadem [read more]

Catherine de' Medici

The Serpent Queen official trailer

Samantha Morton, also known for her role as Mary, Queen of Scots in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, will portray Catherine de’ Medici, Queen of France, in the upcoming series The Serpent Queen. Samantha Morton will star alongside Charles Dance as Pope Clement, Liv Hill as the younger version of Catherine, Antonia Clarke as Mary, Queen [read more]

Elisabeth in Bavaria

A first look at the new Sisi film Corsage

A happy coincidence, as Netflix prepares to release a new series about Empress Elisabeth, we also get a brand new film about her. Corsage follows Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) from Christmas 1877 as she celebrates her 40th birthday. As she ages, she refuses to be painted and photographed and is desperate to maintain her image. The [read more]