This Day

artschoolglasses:

potterheadache:

June 26, 1997: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Published.
The Harry Potter series is officially 17 years old today.

Harry Potter was first released on my birthday? This makes me so happy.

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tiny-librarian:

The young Archduchess arrived in Versailles on 16 May. After entering the grounds of the Château through the ornamental gates around 10 am, she was installed in the grand apartment of the queen where she prepared for the official wedding in the royal chapel. At 1 pm she made her entry into the king’s study. The Dauphin, dressed in a suit of gold with the diamond of the Holy Spirit, took her hand.

Followed by the king and the princes of royal blood, the young couple crossed the grand apartment packed with people. In the chapel they knelt in front of the altar where the Archbishop of Reims officiated. The king and the royal family surrounded them on their prie-dieus. The dauphin placed the ring on the slender finger of his bride. After the ceremony came the signing of the marriage registry. In his apartment in the early afternoon, the Dauphine received her wedding presents from the groom: a splendid carved chest containing a profusion of jewellery and precious objects. 
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tiny-librarian:

The young Archduchess arrived in Versailles on 16 May. After entering the grounds of the Château through the ornamental gates around 10 am, she was installed in the grand apartment of the queen where she prepared for the official wedding in the royal chapel. At 1 pm she made her entry into the king’s study. The Dauphin, dressed in a suit of gold with the diamond of the Holy Spirit, took her hand.


Followed by the king and the princes of royal blood, the young couple crossed the grand apartment packed with people. In the chapel they knelt in front of the altar where the Archbishop of Reims officiated. The king and the royal family surrounded them on their prie-dieus. The dauphin placed the ring on the slender finger of his bride. After the ceremony came the signing of the marriage registry. In his apartment in the early afternoon, the Dauphine received her wedding presents from the groom: a splendid carved chest containing a profusion of jewellery and precious objects.

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georgianaspencer:

Today in History: May 16th, 1770 - Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette of Austria are married

A fourteen year-old Marie Antoinette and fifteen year-old Louis were married to form a political alliance that was supposed to stabilize often hostile relations between Austria and France. Although the marriage was always said to be amiable, Louis was very shy (it is also rumoured he suffered from phimosis, something royal doctors already stated in late 1772) and the marriage was not consummated for seven years. However, in 1778, the first of their four children was born, also the only one to survive past childhood. The couple was executed during the French Revolution, 8 months apart, after 23 years of marriage. After the death of her husband on January 21st 1793, Marie Antoinette went into deep mourning, refusing to eat or exercise. She was executed on October 16th, 1793. Their bodies were thrown in an unmarked grave. In 1815 their bodies were exhumed, and the couple is now buried at the Basilica of Saint-Dennis, a northern suburb of Paris.

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tiny-librarian:

Surrounded by the dignitaries of the Church and State, all these people waited for the young Archduchess on the morning of 14 May at Compiegne. By a special favour Choiseul had been allowed to meet her and to conduct her on the last stage of her journey. He was presented to her by Starhemberg. “I shall never forget, Monsieur,” said the tactful child, “That I owe my happiness to you.” “And that of France,” said the equally adroit Minister. He entered her coach and together they drove the last few miles of the way. When the head of the cortege was seen, the King descended from his carriage and accompanied by the Dauphin took a few steps towards the Archduchess, but she was before him; springing lightly to the ground she ran and sank to her knees, he raised her with a kiss, and presented her to the young man who touched her cheek with his lips.

The Tragic Queen - Dorothy Moulton Mayer

tiny-librarian:

On May 14th, 1643, Louis XIII of France died.

He left as his heir his four year old son, who would become the legendary Louis XIV. Popularly referred to as the Sun King, he was infamous for his  military endeavours and his colourful love life, as well as the building of the Palace of Versailles.

He went on to become the longest reigning monarch in European history, ruling France for 72 years, 110 days, and that record still stands today.

May 7th 1915: Lusitania is torpedoed and sinks in 18 minutes. Taking with her over 1,100 souls.

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mamalaz:

Mirror of Erised Merlin AU

While Merlin is a Professor at Hogwarts, he visits Arthur every night, even if it is only an image of him in a mirror.

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tiny-librarian:

Royal Birthdays for Today, April 14th:

Philip III, King of Spain 1578

Momozono, Emperor of Japan, 1741

Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, Queen of Hanover, 1818

Beatrice of the United Kingdom, British Princess, 1857

todayinhistory:

April 14th 1759: Handel dies

On this day in 1759, the German composer George Frederic Handel died aged 74. Famous for his Baroque pieces, Handel was born in Germany in 1685 but moved to Britain later in life. He gained a reputation there for his Italian operas, and some of his works were performed for Queen Anne and her successors on the British throne. Handel enjoyed royal patronage, and his music is regularly played at royal coronations even to this day. However he is perhaps best known for his biblical choral masterpiece: Messiah. Handel died in 1759, and was honoured with a state funeral and burial in Westminster Abbey. Alongside his grave is a monument, sculpted by Louis Francois Roubiliac, which was unveiled in 1762 and features a statue of Handel which supposedly has the exact likeness of his death mask.

tiny-librarian:

Happy 55th wedding anniversary today to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. They were married on this day, April 10th, in 1959, and Michiko is the first “commoner” to ever marry into the Japanese Imperial Family.

tiny-librarian:

Happy 55th wedding anniversary today to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. They were married on this day, April 10th, in 1959, and Michiko is the first “commoner” to ever marry into the Japanese Imperial Family.