The Queen, Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose as they interact with the royal archers in 1937. Source: Colossal
Now that Princess Charlotte has made her debut, there’s one more British royal stealing the hearts of the world. While monarchy is a thing of the past in many countries, it’s hard to deny the tiny bit of fairytale excitement and glamour that comes to mind when we envision the shiny lives of kings and queens.
Since 1837, six British monarchs have occupied the throne: Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. These past centuries have been marked by countless births, deaths, christenings, marriages, wars and coronations, bringing us to where we are today. Take a trip down memory lane and see more than 100 years of British monarchs in this vintage collection.
Even though the teens behind The Bling Ring might be among the most notorious thieves of the rich and famous, they certainly weren’t the first. In the Victorian era, a young man managed to pull off perhaps the greatest panty raid of all time: he stole the undies of Queen Victoria, and he did it more than once.
A paradox of George Orwell’s legacy is that the term Orwellian has come to mean a cynical manipulation of language. Of course, Orwell’s own prose fought constantly against such deceit. He was a carpenter of the English language, and his paragraphs are simple, unvarnished attempts at nailing together the truth.
His inventions, most notably the pigs of Animal Farm and the oppressive Party and Big Brother in his dystopian novel 1984, were the true masters of doublespeak. While a character in 1984 may say, “It is the beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” Orwell himself had a stubborn conviction that clear language could expose tyranny, failed logic, and lies. Orwell’s writing, ironically, is not Orwellian.
In her lifetime, Annie Jump Cannon identified more than 500,000 stars. This is without a doubt a remarkable feat for anyone, least of all a young deaf woman who spent her 19th century childhood with her head not just in the clouds—but in galaxies.
Annie’s mother fostered her interest in astronomy when she was a child, teaching her to identify the constellations and making certain she had plenty of books to read on the subject. But how did the little girl with her eyes to the sky go on to become the lauded “Census Taker of the Stars?”