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Interview with HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Prestige magazine, New York
She describes Crown Prince Alexander II as a modest person – one who doesn’t walk around wearing a coronet.
more details http://www.royalfamily.org/press/press-det/intervju_prestige310310_eng
Balkans, Castele si palate regale, Eastern Europe, Familia regala, istoria regalitatii, King Ferdinand, Noblesse et Royautés, Queen Marie of Romania, Regele Ferdinand, Regina Maria, Romanian Royal Family, Royal Palaces, Scroviste Palace
The image above shows one of the guest houses from within the grounds of Scroviste royal palace, on the shore of Snagov lake. It is a design combining peasant farmhouse and Neo-Romanian architecture within a peculiar Arts and Crafts matrix (see my earlier post on Romanian Arts and Crafts architecture for details). The house has a ground floor pergola made from wooden poles carved with ethnographic motifs. Similar type carved poles adorn the extended first floor veranda. The palace gardens were landscaped by Fr. Rebhun, a talented and prolific Austrian landscape architect, very active in Romania in those decades, with many completed royal and public park commissions (Royal Pelesh Castle gardens, Cismigiu Park in central Bucharest, etc.) . What I like in this instance in terms of landscape architecture is the pergola with climbing roses, the house nestled between two imposing trees and the peasant stone stone cross at the base of the right hand tree, which together with the wonderful architecture of the house and its special location on the shore of a prairie lake constitute a metaphor of the Romanian peasant life and country’s natural landscape, an excellent product of those very creative decades of early 20th c. in this country.©Valentin Mandache: Historic Houses of Romania
The royal palace and King Carol I Foundation were badly affected by machine-gun fire exchanges during the Romanian Revolution when Ceausescu was toppled from power, December 1989
I endeavour in the “Weekly Pictures” post series to bring to light worthy of note, often less known images from the royal past and present and thus further enhance the understanding of royal history and what it represents for us.
Weekly picture: Diana Mandache’s weblog Royal History.
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The Bulgarian National Assembly has imposed a moratorium on the lands and property returned, or given as compensation, to the heirs of former tsars Ferdinand I and Boris III. The ban concerns construction and business activities, and any disposal of buildings, plots of land, agricultural lands, forests and movable property which have been subject to decisions enacted for the recognition and restoration of the right of property ownership. The moratorium will remain in force until the adoption of a special law which is to regulate the status of the so-called “ex-tsars’ property”. Continue reading